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Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Were You Named For? Or Use the Favorite Woman in Your Life!

Women’s history month continues.  Today’s prompt:

Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.


I am Anne Elizabeth,  and I was named for both my grandmothers, Ann Irene Feazell and Jennie Elizabeth Payne. 

I have always been confused why my grandmother spelled her name Ann and mine is Anne, but that is what it is.  Oh, and she always went by Judy. 

My other grandmother, Jennie Elizabeth Payne, had a life that I knew nothing about until I it uncovered in census records and other documents.  I blogged about it in How Eight Children Ended Up Living Alone in 1930

And now it’s your turn.  Who were you or your wife, your mother, your sister named for?  Post a URL in the comments, or tell us your story.


Happy Searching!

— Ancestry Anne

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