Unusual Name was a recent prompt for 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. I wrote about the most unusual name in my family tree – Renatus – a while back. Today I’m writing about a few unusual middle names. My mom, Gladys, and her brother, Carlisle, both had unusual middle names.
My uncle, Carlisle Entzminger MARTIN (1915-1977), was the oldest of the eight children born to Daniel and Florrie MARTIN. I noticed my uncle’s unusual middle name right away when I began working on my family history.
I asked my grandma about it. She said that Entzminger was the name of the doctor that delivered my uncle. Perhaps Grandma had a hard time delivering Carlisle. I don’t know, and I didn’t ask.
My mom’s name was Gladys Arbutus MARTIN HEISER (1921-1999). An arbutus is a flower. I asked Grandma why Arbutus? She said that the morning she had my mom she looked out the window and saw the arbutus blooming. She said it was so pretty that she made it my mom’s middle name.
My mom greatly disliked her middle name, and when she married my dad Arbutus was gone. Mom used her maiden name as her middle name.
Do you have unusual middle names in your family? Please comment below.
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