Picking a name for baby has always been a delightful challenge. Surely it has always been so. I have a family of four siblings born in the early 1700s in Connecticut named John, Mary, Elizabeth…………… and Bazeleel. Bazeleel? Yep, a Bible name for sure.
We might think that names for baby popping up today are kinda crazy but it was the same decades or centuries ago (as proved by the above example, no?).
Doing some “pay-it-forward” work for the St. Clair County Genealogical Society in Illinois (where some of my ancestors hail from), and helping index and proofread early birth records, I’ve come upon these names…. and they are first names:
Orben, Noal, Truthadoris, Honey, Ermil, Calliem, Argana, Bornodna, Yarlotts, Falenda, Mortha and Ceeylia.
How long ago were these names, you ask? 1916!
I’m quite sure that a list compiled in 2122 of some of today’s names might sound just as “interesting.” Agree?