My dog, like most dogs, enjoys going on lots of walks. And we’re generally very adventurous with the exciting and fun places we take her. But there are those days when time is limited and we simply have to get it done — the walk, that is. These are the days that our sweet pooch, Darla (pictured here), gets to take a stroll through the cemetery.
Yes, folks, we walk our dog in the cemetery. It might sound odd, but it’s right up the street from us, and it’s a wide open space. It’s actually kind of perfect.
This past weekend during our walk, I started to take notice of the tombstones. Specifically, I started to take notice of the really amazing and unusual names on them. I texted my baby-naming friend immediately to share my finds, and she agreed: These names are unusual.
Most of them date back to the mid and late 1800s. And, aside from a few of them, I’ve never seen or heard of these names anywhere.
Sophronia: With the popularity of Sophie and Sophia, this name sounds like it could be right in step. It has the added appeal of Roni and a possible nickname, which could be super cute for a girl.
Almeda: This sounded very modern to me immediately upon discovering it, and I questioned whether I knew someone with this name. But I realized I don’t, and that I was actually thinking of Almeda University in Almeda, Texas — which means this name could follow the trend of place names wonderfully.
Drusilla: For some reason, I have this strong association of this name to a witch. It must be the -illa ending that reminds me of Cruella (plus the cru/dru rhyme). But I like that this name could lead to the nickname of Dru, which I totally like.
Hobart: Sure, there’s Hobart and William Smith colleges, but I’d never think of Hobart as a first name. If Albert is on the trend radar, why not Hobart?
Alaric: Another super unusual name, but this one has two potentially super common nicknames, Al and Ric. I think this is a great choice for someone who wants to use an unusual name with the safeguard of a familiar shortened version.
Emiline: With the popularity of Emma and Amelia, doesn’t Emiline sound like it totally deserves a seat at the table? Plus, this name gets you to the nickname, Milly — which is way cool.
Annourilla: This name brings to mind andouille (sausage) and armadillos — obviously because of the -ill/vowel theme. I go back and forth with my feelings about this name, and I love the nod to the classic Ann. But it’s so unusual that I simply had to mention it.
Lugretia: I have zero knowledge of this name, and the only spelling I can find on baby name sites is Lucretia. I have to assume it’s the same name, just spelled differently. The c-version is way prettier, if you ask me, but that’s not the one I found on the tombstone. I do like that the g-spelling can bring you to the nickname, Greta.
Gratia: This name shares almost the exact letters as the ending of Lugretia, but whereas the latter ends with a -shuh sound (at least, that’s how I’m pronouncing it), Gratia is a very distinct -tia ending. As such, Tia becomes a super cute nickname. Grace is so in fashion, why not Gratia?
Eudora: I’ve seen Eunice before, and I think it will be a good long while before that name ever makes a comeback. But is Eudora possible to use? Dora is a well-recognized name, and a cute nickname. I think the Eu- could be very stylish.
::What do you think of these names? Where are some bizarre places you’ve discovered baby names?::
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