Anyone else feel like crap? I’ve had some sort of bug this weekend and it knocked me out. Luckily the only thing I have now is a runny nose and sore throat, but it hurts like the dickens!

Anyway, Ancestry is letting me look at other people’s trees again (don’t tell them ;)), so I’ve been able to make some more tentative progress. If you don’t mind, I’ll run you through my process, so no one has a heart attack over my sourcing. First, my tree is private. No one can see anything on it, so they can’t use possibly wrong information from it. Anyway, I use the other trees to get a foot in the door, hint wise. Sometimes I work straight from books and other sources, but they’re difficult to find since I can’t really travel. So if I think John Smith’s mother was, say, Elinor McGillacutty, I can google her and see if there’s any books or websites backing me up. Not the most sound research technique, I know, but I work with what I’ve got. You guys probably don’t care too much about that, though, as long as I’ve got names to share!  Anyway, the list!


Just a short one today, went out shopping and  carousing earlier, so let’s do another found of family tree names! I worked on the tree yesterday so I should have some new ones. Excuse any repeats:


  • Damaris
  • Christiana
  • Freelove Bliss (different Freelove than last time!)
  • Maa (wtf?)
  • Content
  • Wait
  • Freeborn
  • Bethiah


  • Alphenus
  • Rowland
  • Sylvanus (I can’t even comprehend the awesome of this name)

Well, I’ve been even further engrossed into my family tree, so this morning (technically afternoon but whatever) I’ll treat you guys to some more interesting names I’ve found. I’ll probably be posting on a more regular schedule as well. I’ve put down my first payment for the semester, so I won’t be quite so stressed. Thanks for sticking around, though!

  • Jannetje Arentsen (Dutch, born 1602)
  • Ardella
  • Hennry Clay (first and middle name, born around 1891 in Maryland)
  • Minerva Briggs
  • Julian Carpenter (immigrant to US in 1623, woman!)
  • Laetitia Mae Cleaver (born 1891 in Delaware)
  • Freelove Dandley
  • Jerusha Davis
  • Amicia De Alfreton (born around 1200, tentative, of course)
  • Desire Doty (born in Plymouth colony)
  • Dorus Van Wike Doty (born around 1824, Vermont)
  • Harriet Kelly Doty (b 1816; Interesting because of Kelly on a girl. It was probably a surname, though.)
  • Ariantje Fransen (Dutch, male)

I think I’ll stop there. I’m only to the Fs and already have enough! Anything tickle anyone’s fancy?

I’ve been liking Eliza more and more as a stand-alone lately. I think it’s spunky and feminine, but also serviceable as a full name. Now, usually, I would advise against using a nickname as a full name, but I love Eliza so much, and would hate for my Elizabeth to become a Beth or Ellie. No offense to any one with those names, but they’re so pedestrian to me. I just yawn at the thought of another Ellie! Then again, Eliza could be further shortened to Ellie…wouldn’t that suck if I went for Eliza to avoid Ellie and ended up with it anyway?

Another reason I would be disinclined to use Eliza is the fact that Elizabeth is my middle name, and Eliza feels a little egotistical to me. I hate to think of naming a child after myself; it’s a practice I don’t particularly like. Like I said, feels egotistical and just, well, downright selfish. Why deprive a child of an original name? Why give them a carbon copy of Mom or Dad? I like naming after other relatives, but a mother or father is just too close for me. I have the exact name as my grandmother, and I think it’s pretty nifty, given the fact that I never met the woman. However, I’d hate to share a name with my mom, either in the first or middle spot. As it is, we both have an Elizabeth variant, but they’re different enough to be distinct. I don’t think Eliza stands far enough from Elizabeth for me to be comfortable with it.

Well, quibbles aside, here are some Eliza combos:

  • Eliza Harriet
  • Eliza Viola Marian
  • Eliza Dorothea
  • Eliza Marietta Clare
  • Eliza Margaret
  • Eliza Marguerite
  • Eliza Marietta Grace (a name found in my family tree travels: She was the last woman in my grandmother’s line who was born in Ireland)
  • Eliza Sharon
  • Eliza Marisol
  • Eliza Caroline
  • Eliza Daphne
  • Eliza Cecilia Pearl

Whimsical ones:

  • Eliza Isabella Adelaide
  • Eliza Armina Daisy
  • Eliza Shoshanna
  • Eliza Geesje Marian
  • Eliza Carmelita
  • Eliza Lark
  • Eliza Araminta Danae

See? I could just go all day. Armina is a name I’ve found a few generations back, and I’m really intrigued by it. Geejse was either the first or middle name of one of my first American ancestors, the child of a Dutch man and woman who emigrated to Fishkill, New York in the 1600s. Isabella Adelaide was one of Armina’s children, I think: her twin was Anna Isabella. Carmelita is the surname of a woman who married a  great uncle, and Caroline was a great great grandmother. Cecilia has taken on new meaning to me since I’ve found that my folk are from Cecil County, Maryland on my grandfather’s side, and Marietta is a new whimsical love. Marian is an ancestor and also an alternate spelling of Marion, a few greats back aunt who was an Oxford educated professor. Intelligent, independent women must run in the family. Marion was afraid of becoming a spinster but would not marry for anything but love; unfortunately, she died at age 29, and never married. I’ve been really into my genealogical research, if you can’t tell, and it’s informed my naming in a big way. I find names that I wouldn’t have given a second look to fascinating, and my head is just full of them. Please, though, tell me if I need to get back to names and away from genealogy; I can’t promise you much but I can promise I will try, even if I need to write a second blog about my ancestry. Sorry for the rambles, I didn’t mean to, I promise!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my novel! Share your thoughts, please!

I’ve been doing some research into my family tree. So far, I’ve been able to work my way up my mother’s side a good ways, and while it’s not certain, I’ve found a good many interesting names anyway. Since it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll save myself some time and just do a list. I omitted last names I didn’t feel comfortable putting up.


  • Gula Elma Young
  • Alice Hogg (how unfortunate!)
  • Armina (2) (First one was born 1815) Any ideas what this is?
  • Marian (maybe Miriam, Merriam, etc)
  • Mercy Taft
  • Lucretia Geesje De Long
  • Marion Theresa
  • Anna Isabella and Isabella Adelaide (twins)
  • Marbury Place (first-last)


  • Asborn (Might be Osborn, Osbern, etc)
  • Charles Cecil
  • Stutely (or Stukely) Stafford
  • Palmer Cleveland (Late 1600s!)
  • Bayard
  • Morris

And with that, I’ll leave Merry Christmas wishes to anyone who wants them. Otherwise, Happy Chanukkah, Kickin Kwanzaa, and I hope you had a good Solstice.