UNDER THE HALO – THOUGHTS AND IMPRESSIONS OF AN ANGEL
– Written By: Kelly Grace –
To quote Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet). My cousin Jason and I love comparing crazy names we come across in our respective jobs. He used to work for a university in the registrar’s office, and I work as a paralegal. We would get together and giggle over names like “Pajama”, or “Acrosissississississius” and my personal favorite, “Latrina”. However, unique names are by no means a recent thing.
I was digging through a family tree for a client when I came across a name I had only heard as part of urban myth. It ranks right up there with Oranjello and Limonjello. I’m talking about the name ABCDE, and it’s variants. This time it was ABCDEF and had the notation “pronounced Absodeth”. You want to know when he was born? 1813!
Then there was a family named for holidays. And while Valentine may not be common, it isn’t as strange as Halloween Aloysius.
I also found a family who got tired of naming children and simply called one “Eleven”. Except by my reckoning she was the 4th child. I also found “Grief”. I guess we know how his parents felt about his coming!
Speaking of crazy numbers, we’ve all seen Sr., Jr., III, IV… the highest I have seen in a tree is … IX! That’s 9 for those of you who don’t read Roman Numerals.
I polled some other Angels and got the following names from them: Kitty Rose happens to be the Great x ? Grandmother of one. Not “Kitty” short for Katherine or Kate, just Kitty Rose. Grandma was probably a stripper in an Old West Saloon. Same Angel also has a grandmother named “Ollie”. Another Angel contributed “Prettyman” another Angel had “Strangeman”. That was their FIRST names, mind you. I can’t imagine either of them had an easy time in life! Then there was “Merry Christmas” who probably had her name spelled “Mary” by all the baristas in the 1800s (ok, so I stole that joke from Ramona). From another Angel’s tree we get Omega and Mercy. I’m wondering if Mom was looking for an end to her child-bearing years? Another Angel’s family tree includes these names Mountain, Stormy, Eclipse and Amity. And while place names are very popular – we all know a Dakota right? How about “Florida”?
I also asked some of the DNAngels clients for input and got these gems “Memory Lane”, “Flavours Commodore” and “Elemuel Pissant”.
One of my clients even offered her own name as the most unusual she has ever heard. However, her name, Anaka, is from Sanskrit meaning “sweet faced”. It fits her. She is a very sweet and loving person, and I’m sure her gentle spirit is apparent in her face. Speaking of sweet, I’m sure Bouquet and Lavender didn’t always live up to their sweet-sounding names!
Then there were the clients who relatives’ names should have been professions. “Lawyer” and “Doctor” top that list, and coming in a close third is the man whose name was “Oral Tarter” so we hope he became a dentist!
Biblical names are always popular, but beyond Matthew, Mary, Luke and John, we have Abraham, Isaac and Moses; all in one family. And I have seen more than one “Jerusha” which, yes is Biblical. There have been Solomons, Noahs, Rachels and Leahs from the Old Testament and Peter, Paul and Mary and Puff the Magic Dragon from the New Testament. And because everyone loves a villains – I’ve seen my share of Jezebels, Esthers and Delilahs, if you want to talk about the “bad girls” in the good book.
So the next time you want to complain about your name (I’ve been compared to Grace Kelly all of my life) just remember that all things considered, you could be “Golden Crumb”, which is a name AND what Angels should call those tidbits of information that help us find “Biologicalus Paternus”.
Feel free to drop me an email about the most interesting name you’ve found in your family tree! Kelly@DNAngels.org. Special prize for the person who has Wile. E. Coyote in their tree and can prove it!