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This could be good for a laugh. My late sainted mother's family had some awful names. They were so awful that most of her brothers and sisters (born in the 1920s) chose to go by nick names:
Orville (Junior)
Gertrude (Cora)
Franklin (Frank)
Bertha (Bernice, her middle name)
Elmo (Buster)
Dorothy (my mother)
Ruth (I guess they ran out of odd names)

My name is an unusual one or was. Growing up, gay jokes involved Percy and Bruce. There was a campy song with the refrain of a prissy flamer saying, "Hi, I'm Bruce from the Chartreuse Moose." It was also a name much more common proportionally for black guys. It wasn't until Springsteen and Willis that the stigma faded.

When I was a veterans employment counselor, I had a young lady come to see me who had just gotten out of the navy. Her name was unusual, Tanishkia or something like that. I commented on it being unique. She said her parents just made it up. She confided in me that when she got stationed in Japan, she coincidentally discovered that her name was a "derogatory" term in Japanese. She did not reveal what it was and seemed a bit embarrassed by it.

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May 14 @ 12:17PM  
Olive mother. They called her Ollie as a kid. She hates it and refuses to use it..signs all important papers as O. Pauline.


Amos Moses....great nephew. So even today they hang weird names on kids.

May 14 @ 12:20PM  
Alma was my great aunt
Genivieve was my grandmother
Bernard is my grandfather
Bernardo is and ex
Chancie is and old english name but spelled more like Chancey

May 14 @ 12:34PM  
My name, Shell, is pretty unusual. My paprents didn't even give me a middle name to fall back on. Just the letter "J.". They really did it to my sister. Wanita Uleta.


May 14 @ 12:39PM  
my family is out of ky

Ada (babe) aunt
Wanda (poodle) aunt
Bessie aunt
Eunice aunt
Bealua aunt

thank you god I'm just Lisa Ann

May 14 @ 1:25PM  

My paternal grandma is named Dorothy.I kind of like the name,makes me think of the Wizard of Oz of course.

But here's one in the list names.While I was doing that ancestry dot com thingy for my mom a few months ago,I was researching her side of the family when lo,I came to find that her uncle(father's brother) was named- Hiawatha.No shit.I guess maybe the poem inspired my greatgrandmother,perhaps?

May 14 @ 1:52PM  
In my high school days of the late sixties, until the wonderful era of free love came into being, there was always one or two girls in school that had a reputation. In a neighboring school, that girl's real name was Paula Dix.

May 14 @ 1:54PM  
My family is from Ky as well, on my mother's side.

Aunts: Lula

Cousin: Cleotus

The rest are fairly normal. My name, Jeffrey, means "gift from God" though I imagine my mother is quite puzzled by that one.

May 14 @ 2:42PM  




Lots more but I can't spell

May 14 @ 3:02PM  
Bythella........Aunt Bike
Elcy......Aunt Tut
Isiah...........Uncle Pistol
Patricia.......Aunt BooBoo
Dore..........Uncle Shorty (my Dad)
Clarence............Uncle Dub
Thelma............Aunt Tump
These are the only that squeezed by normally.......Joe Louis, John, and Jim!!
In my immediate fam, Piggy, Rusty, Black Magic, Rockhead, Big Cheese, Pink Panther, Baldhead, Bubblegum.... Yeah, and you wonder why people would have an identity crisis!!

May 14 @ 3:35PM  
Ex -husband Milon
ex-sister- in law Kava

May 14 @ 5:58PM  
My father`s side .... My grandma - Edith ....grandpa - Ernest Fredrick ....

May 14 @ 7:09PM  
My sainted mother was a twin....Billie Rae,,,and Bonnie that's class

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