Family tree gems- what are yours? (Boys edition)

Over the past few months, I’ve been delving into family genealogy. Besides being fun and super interesting, I’ve also realized that it’s [name]HEAVEN[/name] for name-lovers! I came across some unusual names and thought I would share. :wink: [name]Feel[/name] free to read through and post some of your family tree gems, too! The girls’ edition is here.



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What are some of your male ancestors’ unique names?

I don’t have too many interesting ones in mine, unfortunately! Lots of [name]Williams[/name], [name]Georges[/name], and Edwards. But here are a couple different ones:


Oh my word, E.M. That is a goldmine of interesting names. Your family tree must be quite well documented. Tell me that some of those were surnames. [name]Seaborn[/name] is fantastic. You must be American. Only an American would have the names [name]Powhatan[/name], Baldric, [name]Willoughby[/name], and [name]Olaf[/name] in their family history.

We have LOTS of very traditional names ([name]Charles[/name] and [name]William[/name]) but I have a great grandfather named [name]Nelson[/name] (after [name]Lord[/name] [name]Nelson[/name]) which I think is pretty cool.


We have Truesberry, several generations of Truesberrys…

Most of our names are very traditional. Out of the documented family tree, I’d consider using [name]Jesse[/name] (which has been used on at least 3 generations) and [name]Dorothea[/name]. And I agree with previous posters, you’ve hit the jackpot of interesting names!

Okay, now for the boys. Again, I’ve listed middle names if known.

Names from my mother’s side (predominantly English and Scottish):

[name]Charles[/name] [name]Frederick[/name] [name]Thomas[/name]
[name]Edward[/name] [name]George[/name]
[name]Joseph[/name] [name]King[/name]
[name]Richard[/name] [name]Marland[/name]
[name]Stanley[/name] [name]William[/name]
[name]Stanley[/name] [name]William[/name]
[name]Thomas[/name] [name]Leigh[/name]
[name]Thomas[/name] [name]Leigh[/name]

Names from my father’s side (predominantly [name]German[/name]):

[name]Antonius[/name] [name]Wilhelm[/name]
[name]Barry[/name] [name]James[/name]
[name]Carl[/name] [name]Samuel[/name]
[name]Daniel[/name] [name]Gerhardt[/name]
[name]Darrel[/name] [name]Mark[/name]
[name]Harold[/name] [name]Marcus[/name]
[name]Harold[/name] [name]Philip[/name]
[name]James[/name] [name]Peter[/name]
[name]Johann[/name] [name]Friedrich[/name]
[name]Johann[/name] [name]Friedrich[/name]
[name]Johann[/name] [name]Gottlieb[/name]
[name]Johannes[/name] [name]Reinhold[/name]
[name]Paul[/name] [name]Friedrich[/name]
[name]Reinhold[/name] [name]Friedrich[/name]
[name]Richard[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Trevor[/name] [name]Anton[/name]
[name]Walter[/name] [name]Edwin[/name]

My great-grandfather was [name]Hyman[/name].

You’re right, only an American could have such a strange combination. :wink: Most of my ancestors have resided in [name]America[/name] since the 17th century, with a few exceptions. All of the above names were actually listed as first names on the tree, but I did have to go back a ways to produce such variety. My paternal grandfather’s heritage is entirely Scottish and, consequently, can eventually be traced back to [name]Ireland[/name] and Scandinavia. My paternal grandmother has a mixture of Welsh, American [name]Indian[/name], Swiss, [name]German[/name], French, English, and Scottish.

My maternal grandmother is predominately Irish and French, with some English, Italian, and American [name]Indian[/name] thrown in. My maternal g-father was adopted, so we don’t know of his heritage.

There are also, of course, many traditional and handsome names in the tree which I wouldn’t mind using for future boys, like [name]John[/name], [name]William[/name], [name]Edmund[/name], [name]Edward[/name], [name]Richard[/name], [name]Phineas[/name], [name]Henry[/name], [name]Benjamin[/name], [name]Walter[/name], [name]Jacob[/name], etc. :slight_smile:

@northern lights- I love [name]Ezra[/name], [name]Luther[/name], and [name]Avery[/name]!

@sparrowfinch- I really love [name]Nelson[/name], as well as [name]Gordon[/name] and [name]Wallace[/name] :slight_smile:

@dsilentf- [name]How[/name] interesting!

@tfzolghadr- [name]Charles[/name] and [name]William[/name] are on my list and are such handsome classics! All of the Italian names are neat, as well.

@sarahmezz- Ooooh, a lot of good ones in your list! I love the traditional feel, with the slight punch added by the more unusual [name]German[/name] names.

@ssterikoff- Like the godfather! lol Very cool.


I’ll have to have my uncle send me the work he has done, because we have traced part of our family back to the 9th century and I know there are some great names.

From my mom’s italian side…

My dad’s side of the family is Scottish/Irish, but I don’t know too much about them.

[name]Balthasar[/name], [name]Milton[/name], Baldric and [name]Ragnar[/name]? Swoon!

Some of the more interesting highlights from my father’s side:

Also I’ll just point out there are 10 (TEN!!!) [name]Williams[/name] and 11 Josephs on my father’s side alone. These are all firsts or middles and they’re mostly Scottish/English on this side. Mom’s side is Irish/[name]German[/name] but I don’t have that info in front of me. Cool thread! :slight_smile:

Again, most of the names seem pretty standard for their day…

[name]Elias[/name] (called [name]Pal[/name])
[name]Bernard[/name] (called [name]Benny[/name])

Mostly traditional names like [name]Stanley[/name], [name]Edward[/name], [name]Edwin[/name], [name]William[/name], etc.

My great great great grandfather was called [name]Zacharias[/name], which I thought was quite cool.

My great great grandfather was called Robercik (he was from Poland!) His brothers were called [name]Wilhelm[/name] and [name]Ryszard[/name].

[name]Bartholomew[/name], Bowling, [name]Boyd[/name], [name]Chester[/name], Cosby, [name]Donahue[/name], [name]Enoch[/name], [name]Erastus[/name], [name]Foster[/name], [name]Godfrey[/name], [name]Green[/name], Hachaliah, [name]Hamilton[/name], [name]Hamlet[/name], [name]Hardy[/name], [name]Harmon[/name], [name]Harper[/name], [name]Harvey[/name], [name]Holmes[/name], Irby, [name]Isham[/name], [name]Lafayette[/name], [name]Lemuel[/name], [name]Mace[/name], [name]Madison[/name], McLemore, [name]Murphy[/name], [name]Newton[/name], [name]Ransom[/name], [name]Seaborn[/name], [name]Tyre[/name]

Some are:

Plaze (a middle name passed down for generations in my dad’s family)

[name]Estes[/name] (a middle name passed down for generations in my husband’s dad’s family)

[name]Chang[/name] (brothers!!)

Not a lot that I can think of off of the top of my head, but I do remember a few