Our Top Ten Fabulous Names


When researching family histories, we often come across more – how shall I put it – unusual names. Here’s a collection of some of our favourites. All these are genuine and taken from published birth, marriage and death indexes or census records:

10. Great marriage combinations include: George Lock and Amelia Smith, James Knight and Flora Bishop or Susanna Sweet and John Bunn!

9. Unfortunate married names: May Batchelor who married George Bee in 1939; Mary Barrett who married Mr Christmas and Eileen Burns who became Eileen Dover.

8. Many, many ‘what-were-their-parents-thinking-names’ such as Godfrey Godfrey, William Williams and Thomas Thomas.

7. Daughters, who should have been sons such as Nigella, Hughina and Edwardina.

6. Just very unusual names like Sophia Sausage died 1869 in Chalton, Hampshire, Philip Kneebone born 1834 or Mary Death married 1628.

5. Extravagant names like Collingwood Down Emslie Henry and Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Carl Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright (Clarissa of ‘Two Fat Ladies’ fame).

4. Highly appropriate names like Abraham Beer, the Publican; Ellen, Florence, Alice and Ada Wise, sisters who were all School Teachers or Arthur Blood, the Butcher.

3. Celebrity-type names ahead of their time: Apple Mills born 1914; Golden Allen born 1843 and Paradise Brown born 1846.

2. Great groupings such as Edward and Elizabeth Featherstone who named their daughters Daisy, Violet, Rose and Ivy. Or the Stevenson family with sons called Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Arthur.

1. My personal favourite – discovered whilst researching my own family tree: Raspberry Tufts born 1840 in Mitford, Norfolk.

Discussion: C’mon, you’ve got to have some unique and unusual names somewhere in your family history – Please share in the comments, and we’ll see who can find the most obscure! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • hoddles

    In the Godfrey Godfrey vein, I’ve found Fish Fish, Ramsbottom Ramsbottom and Pickup Pickup. All from Darwen, Lancashire

    • Some of them are unbelievable, aren’t they? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • matthewkmiller

    My favorites are my cousins, Thomas, Richard and Harold (Tom, Dick and Harry) and another set of twin cousins Tom and Jerry. Someone I know I’m connected to that I just can’t recall where who named their four sons and one daughter Matthew, Mark, Luke, Ann, and John.

    • I love all those examples, matthewkmiller. Thanks for brightening my day!