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What were (are) your grandparent's names?

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.
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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.
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My grandparents are Mexican and their names are:
Grandmothers: Delfina and Soledad
Grandfathers: Ramon and Raul
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my dads parents names were Manely..and Eva.. my moms were pretty common  Ronald and  Anna
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My Moms side Emily and Vincent and my Dads was Teresa and Herman...haven't heard Herman in a long time..accept for Herman Monster...
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my moms parents;;;;;Ceridwyn (welsh name)  Charles

Dads parents............Pedushka( hungarian)  and  Adrian

my aunts name is Alfeldia ( welsh)
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My Dads side was Hungarian and German...My aunts name was  Aunt Hermie can't even spell what it stood for.....Do you make any Hungarian dishes?
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My Dad's parents - Joseph and Vera
My Mom's parents - Irene & Robert
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Annie & Henry
Olga & Arthur


More modern day, my parents named my middle name Ann with an "e" as in Anne in honor of my grandmother.

C~
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dad...mary will and cecil (named their daughter mary cecil)
mom...josephine and hoyt
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On my fathers side:  You have David William McLean who Married Doris Lillian Webb
On my mothers side:  You have Gordon Reid who married Loraine Bestard

Side note:  Every male child on the McLean side has the middle name of William.  Alexander, my new baby boy is the 8th generation to carry on the tradition.
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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!
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dad -- dale and jacqueline
mom -- robert and giovanna

so what are the 2030 name predictions?
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George, Wilma, Ruth and Charley. Most everyone called grandma "Bill" rather than Wilma.  My parents are Jane and George. No, we're not the Jetson's, lol.
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Dad's side: Ronald and Patricia
Mom's side: Kay and James
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My daddy's side: Newt and Louizer

My mama's side: Morgan and Mary
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My Mother's side:  William "Bill" and Janet

My Father's side:  Dorothy and Fred

My mother's name is Janet and so is mine!  I guess a family tradition - LOL!!!
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How about Clarance and Lois? You never hear those names anymore, either.
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mom---michael and anna
dad---george and josephine
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My moms:

Agatha Manola
Junius Arnold

Not sure about my Dad's he died when I was two and my mother took me and ran.
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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.
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I'm not giving any names until Swampy does.

I too, am curious, as to what the popular names will be in 2030.
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mothers side: carolyn and john
dads side: linda and edward
my grandmother on my mom's side her mothers name was (Flossy)
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How cool...I work in a middle school and was just thinking about this the other day!  My grandparents were Zenny (Lithuanian), Ruby, Jeanette, and Julius.

Common names at school nowadays are Madison, Taylor (boys and girls), Arianna, Corbin, Justin, and Tristan (boys).

They sound so funny to me.  Not one Elizabeth (my name), and I'm only 41.
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Mom's side- Wesley and Nona Rae

Dad's side- Joseph and Suque
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Lizz

Maybe it's a regional thing?  We have several Elizabeths, Katherines, and Annas in my first graders class.  
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Sorry, Swampy got the year wrong. It was 2015, not 2030.

Here are the names they predict will be big in 2015:

For girls:

Annika
Ansley
Ava
Avery
Aviva
Clementine
Eleanor
Ella
Emma
Fiona
Flannery
Grace
Isabel
Kate
Lara
Linden
Maeve
Marie-Claire
Maya
Philippa
Phoebe
Quinn
Sophie
Waverly

For boys:

Aidan
Aldo
Anderson
Ansel
Asher
Beckett
Bennett
Carter
Cooper
Finnegan
Harper
Jackson
Johan
Keyon
Liam
Maximilian
McGregor
Oliver
Reagan
Sander
Sumner
Will
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I see lots of these girls names being used now, but not so much with the boys list.
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Dad's side:

Alverda Jane Louise
Phillip James

Mother's side:

Helen
don't know grandpa's name just know him as grandpa black.
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RockRose- my nephew's name is Asa!!! He's only 2 years old. I love his name. So maybe that name is making a comeback?!

This is really cool. Okay here are my grandparents' names:

Lois, Willard, and Theodore (my grandma married twice)
Martha and Vernon
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My cat's name is on the predicted boy list (Beckett). I actually agree with many of the names making a comeback!
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I'm such a goof! My grandpa's name wasn't Theodore (he went by "Ted" though). His name was Forrest and I think his middle name was Theodore or something similar. Oy vey!
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mom's side:  Wesley and Neva
dad's side:  Millard and Eva

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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,
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Moms side- Rose and Eugene(Gene) step: Tony and Jeanette
Dad's side - Violet and William.
If my baby on the way is a girl her name will be Violet as well.
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Grandmother's: EVA GLADYS and AGNES MARY

Granfathers: WALTER and PAUL, funny I don't remember their middle names

I got one for you.
Aunt: UNABELL
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Grandmothers: Katherine and Una

Grandfathers: George and Jeremiah
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Mom's side:

Virgil and Evelyn Fern, step-grandpa is Ralph Edward

Dad's side:

Roy Stoll (back when they used Grandma's maiden name for middle name) and Eleanor, step-grandparents were Justin (female) and Bill

My dh's were:

John Asa (where T's middle name was derived) and Ella Rose

Maternal side
LeRoy and Eleanor

and his adopted grandparents were/are Clay (where CJ's name came from) and Jean (real name is Mildred)

I like the older names, obviously. Jonathan Avery, Tristan Asa, and Clayton Jack.

Had we had a girl, she would have been Evelyn Rose

My adopted mom's mother's name is Clara Belle...yes you read that right Howdy Doody fans. She has always hated her name.

And I had a step-aunt named Lola Mae.

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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.  
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so cute, my niece is named Ella Rose!
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Lucretia
Ada
Eva
Patricia
Sylvia
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Gladys
Urban
Pauline
Virgil
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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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Grandma-Phylis Irene
Grandpa- Frederick  

Also- Betty and Daryll

Husband side- Charles Milo
                      Rebecca
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my mothers side was gladys oneta and herman (cant remember his middle name!)
my dads~ elva dorthy and robert van which i think used to be part of the last name from records ihave seen.

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my mother's side was Henry B and Linnie Mae
my dad's side was Nora Mae and Rufus William

My dad's name was Floyd William and my mother was Dorothy Louise
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Robert and Ruth (Ruby)

Harold and Blanche.  She made me promise not to name any daughters after her.  
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Dad's Side - John & Nadine

Mom's Side - Roy (Pete) & Lettie
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Ella
Daniel
Gertrude
Lionel
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moms side-  Joy (my name) she goes by her middle name Carlene and my grandpa (didnt ever know him) but it was Herbert Bowie

Dads side- my grandma was Lillian and my grandpa was Mancel Travis
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oye, my dad loves that book, "freakanomics".

grandparent's names: Jean, Peter, Charles, Sally.
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Frederick ----- went by Fritz and Mary Katherine --------- went by Kate

David and Jean
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Dad..kieth and jennifer mums..kitty and arthur (but his middle names william so everyone calls him bill)
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Dad is Cyril and mum was Nancy

grandma was Dorothy and granddad was Albert (maternal)

Elsie and Arthur (paternal)
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Dad is Herbert and Mom is Amelie

Paternal is Laura and Jean Batiste
Maternal is Amelie and Alex
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Wilma and Frank
Lola and Paul
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Sabyra  (called Byra) and Claude
Willie Maud and William

(Willie Maud had a twin named Willy Claude! And yes, they were country people)
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My Granmom was called Ellen nothing else..she was killed in the blitz ww11  the granpa was killed in the trenches in ww1 I never knew his name ...  the other granmom was called Margaret
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My maternal grandmothers name is Geraldine Mona (yeah... lol) My maternal grandfather was named John Patrick.

Paternal Grandmother is Grace Ruth and paternal grandfather is Albert John (My dads name to...even though everyone calls him Johnny. He hates the name Albert and being named after his dad.)
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Moms side- Elsie, Gary, Gerry
dads side- sheirly, jean

my greatgrandmother- Beatrice Maude
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