Insane Victorian Names

I found this story on Buzzfeed here. I will include photographs of the birth registries, so you can see that none of this is made up. All photographs courtesy of Fraser and Fraser.

The Genealogy firm Fraser and Fraser uncovered the following names while looking for heirs to unclaimed estates.

Neil Fraser, a partner at the firm, said in a press release:

"Our genealogists get to look through hundreds of thousands of birth, death and marriage records. Over the years we have picked out certain names which have amused us and we’ve made a note of them. It shows people in the 19th century had a great sense of humour."

1.) FRIENDLESS

Friendless Baxter, a boy, was born in 1871.

Friendless

2.) FAITH HOPE CHARITY

A girl born in 1889. I wish I knew what her life was like. Mostly because it's far too easy for that name to end up an ironic one.

Faith Hope Charity
3.) LEICESTER RAILWAY

So named because he was born on a carriage at Leicester Train Station in 1863. Understandably, he dropped the “Railway” part later in life.

Leicester Railway

4.) TIME OF DAY

Son of Thomas and Alice Day. This unusual title was a family tradition – both his grandfather and great-grandfather had the name.

Time of Day

5.) ONE TOO MANY

I'm wondering how many siblings he had. It's hardly surprising that he chose to call himself the preferable name of Robert W. Gouldstone instead.

One Too Many

6.) WINDSOR CASTLE

Clearly a family with regal pretensions: her father’s surname was Castle and her mother’s maiden name was King.

Windsor Castle

7.) ZEBRA LYNES

The daughter of James Lynes, a basket maker from Southampton. Born in 1875, she sadly passed away an infant.

Zebra Lynes

8.) ANN BERTHA CECILIA DIANA EMILY FANNY GERTRUDE HYPATIA IUG JANE KATE LOUISA MAUD NORA ORPHELIA QUINCE REBECCA STARKEY TERESA ULYSIS VENUS WINIFRED XENOPHEN YETTY ZEUS

That’s 25 names, one name beginning with each letter in the alphabet. You’ll notice there’s no P. That was reserved for her surname, Pepper. What I find interesting is that her parents were happy to mix both male and female names, in addition to maybe making some up. Has anyone heard of the name 'Iug' before? A quick Google search doesn't turn up many hits. I wonder where they heard it.
Alphabet

9.) THAT'S IT WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT IT

Wait, what? I don't even understand the grammar of that sentence-name. Thankfully this poor boy changed his name to George later in life.
That's It Who'd Have Thought It

10.) MINERAL GIRL WATERS

Mineral Girl was born in 1892 and had a number of siblings, including her sister, Virginia Waters. Sadly, Mineral died aged 23 during World War One.
Mineral Girl Waters

11.) ALLIEN

Allien Lambert, son of William and Maria Lambert. Born in Chelsea, 1890.

Allien

12.) KING ARTHUR

King Arthur Johnson, born 1885 in Daventry, Northampton.

King Arthur

13.) CLEFT

Cleft Megson, born 1842 in Horncastle, Lincoln. Son of John and Sophia Megson.

Cleft

14.) CLIFTON ANTIVACCINATION

Clifton Antivaccination West, born 1879 in Medway, Kent. What's scary is how easily this could be a name in some trendy, hippie family today.

Clifton Antivaccination

This, if nothing else, should convince people that the Victorians are not some distant, unknown, unfathomable race. People in the Victorian era had the potential to be JUST as idiotic as people today.

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