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Unusual Names March 19, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Names — Janet @ 3:22 pm

As I research my genealogy I am finding some unusual names, or maybe you could call them names from another age.

For example there is:

Palladia Wood, born 1536

Bethia (daughter in the William Learned family) – came to Charlestown Massachusetts 1630

Barnabus – John Lothrop family

Bathsheba – John Lothrop family

Isaac – Gillman family

Theophilus – born 1480

Ethelreda –

Mercy – born

Deliverance –

Enoch – think of Enoch Powell

Ephraim Curtiss d. 1775

Bathiah –

Ebenezer – Nathaniel Ebenezer Wells

Dorcas

Meritable

Thankful

Mehitable

Ephraim

Josiah

Abraham

Bildad

Job

Prudence

Zebediah

Millicent

Prudence

Zebadiah

Eleazer

Experience

 

At Last – A Norse Connection July 21, 2015

Filed under: Genealogy,Names,Old English,Old Norse — Janet @ 6:36 pm

Aaron Osgood discovered on Ancestry     Aaron Osgood is a distant ancestor on my mother’s side.  He lived in the Boston area from 1786 to 1825.  What interested me particularly was the possible meaning of his surname.  According to the Dictionary of American Family Names – Osgood is from the Old Norse personal name Asgautr, composed of the elements as ‘god’ + the tribal name Gaut.  This was established in England before the Norman Conquestin the late Old English forms Osgot or Osgod.  It was later reinforced by the Norman Ansgot.