just for fun: Ancestor's names that are now popular baby names

posted 2 years ago in Names
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

My husband’s grandmother is named Eleanor, which seems to be more popular now.. and we used it for our daughters middle name. 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My newest nephew is Roland and he’s almost 3, which was an uncle but I believe he was born in the 1920’s.  My grandfather was born in 1890’s. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

This is a great thread!! I love it! Especially the names like Hazel and Ella. 

In my family we reuse family names as middle names. I have like 5 people in my family with Tyler either as a first or middle name (includin females) because we are related to John Tyler who was president and its the old family name. My grandma was Deanna Ray, which I love Ray and see it a lot as middle names too. 

I don’t see Bruce or Geraldine coming back anytime soon. Sorry grandma and grandpa! 😉

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My great grandmother’s name was Cora, which I love. I don’t think it’s popular but Nora definitely is. My grandma’s name is Grace but everyone calls her Naomi, which Grace will always be a classic name and Naomi isn’t unpopular. Then we have Arthur, Percy, and Dorthea… which hopefully will never be popular haha

Post # 20
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Helper bee

I am a teacher. PLEASE don’t do this to your children.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

I am a teacher. PLEASE don’t do this to your children.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

In my family tree, we have a slew of Marys and Williams on both sides (my mom and dad’s side). Three out of my four great-grandfathers were actually named William. Both of my grandmothers (as well as my mom) have a variation of the name Mary. As such, Darling Husband and I are using Mariana as a middle name for our first daughter. My sister selected many of the male family names on both sides of our family tree: Thomas, James, William, and Joseph (first and middle names).

Darling Husband and I selected Clementine for a daughter, which is a family name on DH’s side. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

George
Kenneth
Fred x 2
Ethel
Dorothy
Sigrid
Edith

I don’t think any of those are back in style! 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

There’s a lot of classic names in my family that have stood the test of time. But my great-grandmother’s name was Ruby and that’s getting a bit of a comeback.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

merrymargaret :  SAME! Honestly, our parents’ names aren’t much better. We swear not to do that to our kids, and both feel fortunate that we have totally normal, reasonable names that if we don’t necessarily like, at least aren’t like those!

Post # 29
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Busy bee

Oh man. My poor dad’s family name that gets passed down is Norvell. Thankfully he put a stop to that with my brother. 

I was named after my maternal grandfather, my middle name is Frances.

I love all the “E” names that have become popular… Eleanor, Ella, Eileen.

My grandmothers name is Beatrice and that seems to be a bit more popular now. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

Some of the names coming back are so surprising to me, because they are really not great names for a child or an adult. I will say that they are better than the made up names that have been flying around for the past 10 or 15 years.  Or spelling a name in a ‘special’ way so the child can be ‘unique’. undecided

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