Its interesting how names go in and out of style. The book "Freakanomics" has a whole chapter on how names migrate though different social classes, and based on this they predict the top baby names in the year 2030.
But anyway, what were your grandparent's name?
Swampy's grandmothers were named Clema and Agnes. Clema's mother was named Ellen.
Occasionally you still hear of an Ellen, but you almost never hear of a Clema or an Agnes.
My grandparents had names that are still pretty common. However, I did have two great aunts (one by marriage) named Leokadia, or "Lottie" for short. I've not heard that name much outside of my family tree.
On my mother's side: Rita and William and great grandmother was Lulu
On my father's side: Ethel and Elihu (went by Elick). My Dad's name is Orvan. My Dad remarried and one of my brother's from that marriage ended up being called after two of his grandfathers - Marvin Elihu!
I'm interested, Swampy, in the names they predict for 2030. My guess is they will go back to very traditional, as the Catholics say, "saint's names", where you can tell by the name what the gender of the person is and there will be fewer individual creative spellings, and fewer outright made-up original first names that haven't been heard of before.
What did they predict?
My grandfathers were Hampton and Asa, and grandmothers were Maureen and Mary.
my granma was known as Nellie but she had another name of Ellen,killed in the War,Fathers name was Henry they nickname Henry as Harry, My Mom was simply Mary 'no middle name. You are right they do change with the times,
Andi, I like your choice in names. So, you have an Asa too. When my grandfather was named, his parents opened the Bible to a random page, and the first male name they came to was his name. Asa. I love it. He has a grandson, and a great grandson named after him.
I really love classic names. They're so graceful. You can tell when you hear them, whether they are boys or girls. I don't know why that's so important to me, but I like gender specific names, and names that only have one predictable spelling. I just really don't like names where it's anyone's guess whether they are male or female, and how may capitalized or lower case letters, or y's and ae's there are.
Funny, I know a Ellie Rose and a Evelyn Rose.
My middle name is Rose, I always felt so proud of it because it wasn't your usual Ann or Marie, now it is so common. I am still going to use it if I have a girl though since it is my Grandma's name, I can't stop the tradition now.
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