Tombstone Tuesday: What’s In a Name?


While searching for a subject to write about today I came across some of the most unusual and unique names.  If you regularly read this blog, and specifically my Tombstone Tuesday articles, you know I have a penchant for selecting people with unusual or unique names.  There’s often an interesting story behind the name.

Awhile back I stumbled across someone named “States Rights Gist Finley” – quite a mouthful.  It’s a family name, but I was curious to know whether anyone else outside of this family had named their son “States Rights”.  It was astounding how many people I located via an search with a first and middle name of “States Rights”.

Interspersed among those search results, other unique (and patriotic) names popped up as well, including: United States America Cook, United States Cook, and people whose first name was “States”.  A Google search of “United States America Cook” brought up an article about the four most patriotic names of all time.  Three of them, including United States America Cook, appear to be unique:

Nephi United States Centennial Jensen, (male) born in Utah in 1876 (America’s Centennial)
Star Spangled Banner Osborne, (male) born in Illinois in 1860
E. Pluribus Unum Ford, (female) born in Texas in 1884 (not a unique name)

Continuing on with the search for patriotic names, I also found people named “Yankee Doodle” (male and female).  It certainly wasn’t uncommon for families to give their children the names of the country’s forefathers.  George Washington was a popular first and middle name, as was Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson and more.

I’ve previously written Tombstone articles about some patriotically-named folks.  In case you missed them the first time around or you’re a new patron of the blog, here are a few you might want to check out:

George Washington Cluck, Sr. – one of his children was named Napoleon Bonaparte (no kidding!)
Thomas Jefferson Roach (and his “sister wives”)
Benjamin Franklin Cooley
America Virginia Palmer Bell

Since I’ve discovered this new “cache” of unusual names, look for some articles soon – maybe even a series.  I’m always interested in finding unusual names to research, so feel free to pass along your own “unusual name discoveries” via the comment section below.  Let’s have some fun with history!

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!

© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2015.


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