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BrianG



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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 3:56 pm    Post subject: last names as first names  Reply with quote

I'll kick off with a couple of first names which are more usually found as surnames:

Lambert Herbert Halsall (1902-1982) a 4th cousin 2x removed
Halsall Blundell    (1826-1858) a 4th cousin 4x removed, married to a 3rd cousin 3x removed

No idea where the first one comes from, and cannot begin to think what was going through the minds of HB's parents

Still, it beats "I know, we'll call him Henry"
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Usual suspects: Jackson, Halsall, Blundell, Barton, Sumner, Cropper, Tasker, Twist, Cadwell (& most of the others!)
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mother
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Mr. Mothers tree is a BEZALEEL BURGESS bapt. 22 Feb 1668 at Walton-on-the-Hill  (Formby)

In my family tree is  a GRIZEL DOIG bapt. 30 Apr 1750 at Dundee
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mjayt7



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Location: Southport, Lancashire but lost as usual

PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife is a Scot and lots of Grizel's, often with double z or double l or both, appear in her tree.

Apparently its pronounced Grace.
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. re Grizel --- very interesting
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André



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a child baptised with the name Halsall after his mother's maiden name Halsall.
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Threlfallia



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my husband's family certainly, there were a lot of males given the mother's maiden name as a Christian name. It happens a lot in the Pennines too. I think I'd welcome it, actually - when you find the 49th "Thomas" or the 63rd "John" with the surname Threlfall in your tree, you tend to start banging your head against that family tree, in an attempt to ascertain which one is child of another ( and usually cousin to five others, uncle to 8, grandson to 4 and linked by marriage to 25 others)
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andy orm



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Thomas Blundell Hurst and a Jennie Blundell Howard...Blundell being their mother/grandmother's maiden name..
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Jane



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband's Grand father was Edgar Craven Jones...his mother was Mary Craven.
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Dotty
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: I say... Reply with quote

Well, my ancestors were a dead boring lot...nothing at all to post!

I was surprised about Mother's name being pronounced Grace...

You live and you learn...

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