Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fearless Females – Names

From TheAccidental Genealogist to honor National Women’s History Month. Prompt: Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first names you’ve come across in your family tree.

Alberta Joy Gardner
This prompt calls out to me. I like interesting & unusual names. My mother’s name was Alberta Joy Gardner. I’ve never heard of another Alberta. She was named for her father’s deceased brother, Albert Gardner. She usually went by Joy. Her parents were childless for seven years and when she was born her middle name had to be Joy!

Her are a handful of names from my family trees that I find interesting:

Appollonia Dick [born 1738 at Sea – d c 1791 PA] m Johann Jonas Wolf

Charlotte Temple Ott[1815 LA – 1895] m Nathaniel Brumfield

Euseba Foretnberry [1809 SC – 1878 MS] m Wyatt Smith

Louisiana Brumfield [b c 1848 LA] dau of John & Cindyrella Brumfield

Narcissa Izela Fortenberry [ 1835 MS – 1902] m Warren M Huffman

Rephenia Cathern Gruissy [1870 OH – 1943 MI] m Willis Nichols

Thiry Yvonne Brown [b 1929 MS] dau of H. A. & Brown & Freddie Smith

Viola Cathern Mark [1913 )H – 2004 FL] dau of T K & N Regina Mark

Violette Kennington [1786 – 1858 MS] m William Jasper Fortenberry

Wava Alice Mark [1919 OH – 2011 OH] m Alvin H Braun


  1. Great collection of names. I have some of those near misspellings like "Cathern" that give you some insight into how people might have pronounced the name.

  2. My great aunt was quite insistent that it was NOT Catherine. ha.


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