Genealogical Gems – Alphild, Clitheroe, Reizel, Tidence, Yolette

I’ve been working on my family tree for the past few weeks, and in the process I’ve spotted a number of cool names, such as:

Aletta
Alimento
Alphild
Amendola
Beloni
Brunuzzo
Ceresina
Chiarina
Clitheroe
Cutomea
Elvezia
Estinor
Eulalia
Everestis
Fleurette
Genoveffo
GianBattista
Girolima
Hermina
Ludovico
Lumina
Małgorzata
Marvaline
Melancthon
Micipsa
Muzzio
Nano
Nuzida
Pacific
Pantaleo
Reizel
Theunissina
Tidence
Velie
Wilburforce
Wooley
Yeja Axil
Yolette
Zozime

Unfortunately, none of the people above are actually in my family. (I’ll be sure let you know if I discover any oddly named ancestors.) In the meanwhile, if you want to dig up a few odd names of your own, here are some of the sites I’ve been using:


6 thoughts on “Genealogical Gems – Alphild, Clitheroe, Reizel, Tidence, Yolette

  1. Oh, those are fantastic. (Isn’t there a St. Cunigunda out there somewhere?)

    The only odd one I’ve got is Attilio, which belonged to a great-grandfather from Italy. Everyone else is Catherine, Joseph, John, Richard, Mary… standard stuff, mostly.

  2. My husband’s paternal grandmother’s name was Nylefter. I’ve never seen that one anywhere!

  3. Thanks for posting this list, Nancy. I absolutely love the name Lumina. What do you think of it? It is too “out there” to use? I pronounce it as LOU-min-a. Do you think this is the standard pronunciation?

    Thanks! :-)

  4. Yup, that’s the right way to say it.

    I don’t think Lumina is too “out there,” personally. It won’t suit all tastes, but, then again, what name does? :)

    I also love the name, but I’m biased — I strongly associate it with an adorable song by Joan Osborne. (The song, “Lumina,” is the the last song on her 1995 album Relish. You can hear a sample of the song at AllMusic.com.)

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