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<p><em>Septimus</em>.</p>
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<p>Not only was this a name of an Roman emperor, it was also the first name of a very un-emperor-like personage in my family tree, about two-hundred and fifty years ago.</p>
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<p><strong>What are some of your ancestors' wacky first, middle or last names?</strong></p>
 

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<p>My grandfather's middle name was Norquay.  Scottish descent.  My son wanted to have it as part of his name...maybe I'll change it for him as a B'day gift.</p>
 

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<p>Avitus (now my nephew's middle name), Hestle, and Buriah from one side.  Aucke, Janse, and Jacobus from another.  Tons more if I looked, those just popped into my head from memory.</p>
 

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Where was Buriah from? Like, country, town, etc.</p>
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<p>Was he "Buriah the Detroit-ite?"</p>
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<p>Get it?</p>
<p>Get it?</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bard73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69667/archaic-weird-names-in-your-family-tree#post_1937549"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Avitus (now my nephew's middle name), Hestle, and Buriah from one side.  Aucke, Janse, and Jacobus from another.  Tons more if I looked, those just popped into my head from memory.</p>
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<p>Buriah was a middle name, actually, and he went by both 1st and middle name.  He lived in Kentucky about 100 years ago, in an area where there were only few family names, so unique given names were the norm.</p>
 

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<p>My maternal grandfather's name was Anacleto - the Spanish version of Anacletus.</p>
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<p>My paternal grandfather's middle name is Elbert. </p>
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<p>A few other ....</p>
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<p>Jedidah</p>
<p>Jabin</p>
<p>Artilla (Actually, her name was Fanny Artilla LastName)   </p>
<p>Ison</p>
<p>a man named Carol</p>
<p>a woman named Willie</p>
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<p>Interestingly enough, my mom recently scanned in this photo showing two Benevals and a Winfield.  Winfield (the baby) is my grandfather..</p>
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<p>On my father's side:</p>
<p>Pericles</p>
<p>Ianoula</p>
<p>Efthemia</p>
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<p>On my mother's side:</p>
<p>Penelope</p>
<p>Evriklia</p>
<p>Marika</p>
<p>Antigone</p>
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<p>Interestingly, my mother's maiden name is completely made up.  Folks back in the village in Lemnos used to call her grandfather the Greek word for leeks because of the leeks he grew and bartered.  When his sons came to America and arrived on Ellis Island, they said that nickname instead of their actual name when they had to declare themselves.  The customs officials at Ellis Island wrote it down, and that became my uncles' and grandfather's new last name in their new home. </p>
 

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<p>On my mom's side, all of the names are old-fashioned by today's standards, but not really unusual:</p>
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<p>Eugene</p>
<p>Mildred</p>
<p>Helen</p>
<p>Beatrice</p>
<p>Dewey</p>
<p>etc.</p>
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<p>On my dad's side, all the names are Italian and not so unusual if you're Italian:</p>
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<p>Baldassare</p>
<p>Gilda</p>
<p>Aldo (my dad)</p>
<p>Armando</p>
<p>Laura (pronounced Lao-oo-ruh)</p>
<p>Corrado</p>
<p>Felice</p>
<p>Cesare</p>
<p>etc.</p>
 

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<p>My dad's done a lot of geneaological research and we can actually trace one branch of the family tree back to about 1000 AD.  So I got lots of ancestors and thus lots of weird names.  Here are some...</p>
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<p>Alanson Arnold</p>
<p>Comfort Arnold</p>
<p>Huldah Banister</p>
<p>Zeruiah Barnes</p>
<p>Deliverance Blanchard</p>
<p>Hezakiah Bowker</p>
<p>Thankful Byam</p>
<p>Gideon Clarke</p>
<p>Ebenezer Convers</p>
<p>Hephzibah Converse</p>
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<p>And that only goes thru the letter 'C'</p>
 
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