Southern Names from the 20th Century : Part 1

My sister lives in a small town down South, where she occasionally works at the courthouse filing land deeds. Most recently, she and her colleague have been sorting through paperwork from the 1920s and 1960s, and as they go through the files, they find some interesting names. Thankfully, they have been writing down some of their favorite names they come across.

Clell
Hattie
Wray
Agnes
Georgia
Ponder
Lucille
Mannie
Ethel
Floyd
Linnie
Kermit
Earl
Frances
Faye
Fuller
Fayrene
Minnie
Bertie
Derk
Orville
Claude
Harrell
Pangle
Kemp
Nell
Imogen
Ellaree

We often think that everyone in the past had familiar, classic names, but this list really proves otherwise! Some of my favorites from this list are Imogren, Faye, Frances, Linnie, and Wray.

Interestingly enough, it seems that people have been giving shortnames as fullnames for longer than we think, as the parents felt no need to use more formal names for Bertie and Hattie. Some of these names, such as Ellaree and Floyd, seem like they’d fit in perfectly with some of the modern names we’re hearing today. Then other names, like Clell, Pangle, and Ponder, were entirely unheard of to me.

It’s interesting to dive in and discover some old names. It’s really a nice reminder that sometimes you can find interesting, unique names simply by looking through history.

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