Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.
March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.
Fortunately I am not named after any of my female ancestors, although my middle name came from my Aunt Ellen! She told me back in 1988 that I was her namesake. When I asked her how, she said that my middle name (Wayne) was from her because her name is Van Ellen Wayne … Pretty awesome because I thought my Aunt Ellen was pretty cool!
Since I don’t really have a namesake story, I guess I could talk about my female ancestor with the most unusual name. I know the name I choose will not be that unusual but it is unusual to me!
I just discovered my 3rd-great-grandmother on my maternal side. Her name is Philadelphia Warchus. As a matter of fact, I just discovered this last night! I had been told a few years back that her name was Philadelphia Watchess but never could find anything about her. Of course, having the right spelling of her name has helped.
How interesting that my 3rd-great-grandmother would be named after such a great city! Of course, she wasn’t born in America, she was born in England. What makes that even more interesting is she was born in 1791! I still love her name! Of course, being from Dallas, her name would cause quite a controversy. After all, Dallasites hate Philadlephias! (OK, football season is over but it’s still in my mind!)
I hope to learn more soon about Philadelphia Warchus. Being a newly discovered individual in my tree I have a lot of looking around to do! How fortunate that I was able to find out about her because of my post yesterday! Time to start learning about European genealogy!
Sometimes blogging is one of the keys to finding information about your ancestors. You simply start typing and the next thing you know you have so many questions in your mind that you will have to find something!
Have a great day,