Guide To Entertaining Yourself In The Country, Tip #485


Go to the local cemetery and check out all the old names that have not made it back in style.

Where have all the couples named Jasper and Bertha gone? And the brothers America and Columbus? Sisters Emma and Amma? (Emma, okay, but Amma?) Esby? Hoy? Laxie? Rusha? Rean? My own grandfather was named Romeo Napoleon. My grandmother’s name was Olive. Got any particularly odd ones in your family tree? I bet Romeo and Olive hung out with Jasper and Bertha….

Apparently, Icie was a quite popular name. I spotted it over and over. In fact, just recently, there was an obituary for an Icie in the Charleston newspaper. Her name was Icie Box.

I’m gonna cut that out and put it on my fridge….. I’ll tell the kids, “Put the milk in the icie box!”

Or would that be weird?


  1. Jean says:

    We don’t have any particularly odd names in our family, but the kids have friends named Remember and Opal.


  2. MARY says:

    How about, “Sandor,” which is Slovak for Alexander??? :treehugger:

  3. Kim A. says:

    My dad’s name is Frithjof; he’s German. But a lot of people can’t say it correctly and abbreviate it to Fritz.

    His mom (who actually just passed away yesterday at 96, a mercy she finally let go) was/is Gertrude. Don’t hear that one too often.

    Your grandfather had quite a name to live up to, Suzanne. Romeo Napoleon? Wow. Any interesting stories about him? ๐Ÿ˜†


  4. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    So sorry for your loss, Kim A.You will be in my prayers. My great grandmother’s name was Delitha Berthina. ๐Ÿ˜† Talk about wierd. My next door neighbor when I was growing up was Icie Anthony. As you know I’m not a young person(except at heart) :heart: so that name was popular years ago. Have a great day and :hug: to all.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Kim, Romeo Napoleon died when he was 25. But not before he left the name Romeo Napoleon behind for one of my uncles, who also died very young. (Hmmm. An ill-fated name?) My uncle who was named Romeo Napoleon went by the nickname of Chub.

  6. Susan says:

    My great grandfather was Luther, my grandfather’s sisters were Esther, Hannah, Eunice & Maude. He also had a brother Hayden. The rest of his siblings names are still popular.

    No it wouldn’t be weird! :rockon:

  7. Ellen says:

    Icie? Icie Box? Why DO people do that to their kids. LOL. Don’t know why, but I always kind of enjoy walking through cemetaries and thinking about the people who walked before us.

    I love the name Romeo Napolean – a study in contrasts. I can see where it might be cursed though since the original owners didn’t fare so well (after a fashion).

    Let’s see, I had a g.gma Zelda and g.gpa Denman. The rest of the names weren’t too unusual.

  8. Tori Lennox says:

    Well, there was Aramantha Grimsley Reed. And Fielding Grimsley, Gholson Stepp, Hardy Hunt, Welthy Jones, and Peter Proffer (picked a peck of pickled peppers…. :rotfl: )

  9. Toni Anderson says:

    I love the name Jasper ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a friend with a little boy called Casper. Seriously cute.

    Icie is an interesting name for a baby LOL.

  10. Becki says:

    No joke.

    In Houston, connencted to the museum scene (philanthropy and money) was a woman last name Hogg.

    First name? Ima.

    Look it up!

  11. Alice Audrey says:

    I don’t know if it would be weird or not, but it sounds like something I would do. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Estella says:

    My Mothers name was Esther Lottie and my name, Estella, Is not that common.

  13. catslady says:

    I’ve never heard of Icie. My mother-in-law was an Olive. My husband’s uncle does genealogy and has a lot of weird german names but for the life of me I can’t remember them lol.

  14. Brandy says:

    My dad’s middle name is Earl. Does that count? *G*

    I’ll have to ask my FIL if hubs family has any interesting names.

    Have a pleasant evening!

  15. Lis says:

    Well my mom and her sister’s are named after my opa’s old girlfriends lol Don’t hear many Elona’s and Ursula’s around. Going way back though, we have an Olive, Eva, and Starr. My aunt on my dad’s side did one of those huge sites going back to the 17-1800s with all the names. I’ll have to check it out again one of these days

  16. maude says:

    i think ferdinand counts……. as well as etha and arnold …………….hersman as a middle name is also unusual. gypsy was popular in WV………iona and eunice are family names, and ursula is from that era, too. i don’t hear the name ralph often, either.

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