Anyone else have a "Thickpenny" in their family tree! Poor child, what were his parents thinking in the 1700s!
Most likely it was his mother's maiden name, but when your siblings are all standard English names such as William, George & Robert what must it have been like to be Thickpenny :-)
Hehe - thickpenny!
Meaning "stupid" is first recorded 1590s - so yes, even back then it would have been a curse.
My favorite name right at the moment is Ruby Rose. She was a child of an Avery who lived in Missouri.
On the other end of the scale my mom and her 4 sisters had names that didn't really go together. My mom was Gaihl Thelma Romayne Bartels. Her sisters were Gertrude Sophia Lillian (she went by Lillian or Lil or Lovie), Gladys Viola Mae, Goldie Pauline Ruth, and Grace Lizzie Moore.
Their father's generation had Luther George Wohlford Bartlels ( my grandfather), Lizzie Moore Ruth, Fanny Sophia Olive, and Lawson Charlie Allen.
I think my great grandmother (bless her) could very well lay claim to my favourite name: BERTHA AMELIA THERESA AUSTRALIA MEDHURST. The "Australia" was not because of being born there (but she was) - it was because her mother's best friend had "Australia" as her first name - Australia Cobcroft. My second favourite would have to be a cousin in my mother's BRIDGE. His parents named him SIDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE - he was bornin the year that the bridge was opened - 1932. And then there's my neighbour, DEBRA (Debbie) DOBBY.
My favorite name must be Mehitable
Loveberry Dupree. And that's a guy. haha!