Unusual Real Names – Itti, Jeh, Ney, Uz

Time for a batch of unusual real names! Here are some of the shortest I’ve collected recently:

  • Anzia: Writer Anzia Yezierska was born in Poland (Russian Empire) in 1885.
  • Bodo: German nobleman Bodo (or Botho) VIII, Count of Stolberg-Wernigerode, was born in 1375.
  • D-Cady: Politician D-Cady Herrick was born in New York in 1846.
  • Idola: Activist Idola Saint-Jean was born in Canada in 1880.
  • Iley: Iley Lawson Hill was born in Ohio in 1808. One of the longest-living “Real Daughters” of the American Revolution, she died in 1913 at the age of 104.
  • Itti: Writer Itti Kinney Reno was born in Tennessee in 1862.
  • Ja Hu: Early Arizona settler Ja Hu Stafford was born in 1834 in North Carolina. His name was originally Jehu. He also went by “J. Hugh.”
  • Jeh: Politician Jeh (pronounced “Jay”) Charles Johnson was born in New York in 1957. His name “comes from a Liberian chief his grandfather met on a U.N. mission” according to the Washington Post.
  • Jorja: Film/TV actress Jorja Sheldon was born in Texas in 1923.
  • Miel: Art collector Miel de Botton was born in Switzerland in the 1960s.
  • Ney: Explorer/diplomat Ney Elias was born in England in 1884.
  • Race: Olympic foil fencer Race Imboden was born in Florida in 1993. He was named after the Jonny Quest character Race Bannon.
  • Rixa: Rikissa (or Rixa) Birgersdotter served as Queen of Norway during the 13th century.
  • Uz: Politician Uz McMurtrie was born in Indiana in 1884.

Which of the above do you like best?

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