Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Unusual Names

For the genealogist unusual names have a particular attraction as trivia. There's a list on Wikipedia here, a tribute to the eccentricities of some parents, or to people who switch to an unusual name.

Take the case of Alphabet (or Alpha) Pepper, Ann Bertha Cecelia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Inez Jane Kate Louisa Maud Nora Ophelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenephon Yetty Zeus Pepper. Her birth registration, in West Derby, Lancashire, in the first quarter of 1883, occupies three lines in the index.
According to a Rootsweb, WorldConnect entry she was born 19 Dec 1882 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, baptized on 2 January 1883 St Peter's, Liverpool. Her father was Arthur and mother Sarah Jane (nee Creighton) with marriage registered in the June quarter of 1882.

By the time of the 1891 census the family is in Hammersmith, London, her father a cab driver (Groom) age 38, her mother also age 38.

In the 1901 census Arthur appears as a widower, working as a cab proprieter, still in Kensington, London. There is a Sarah Jane Pepper, age 46 in the death registration index for Fulham, London, in the September quarter of 1899. Ann eludes me in 1901. There is neither death nor marriage registration for her before the 1901 census. It's possible the record was under one of her middle names, or maybe she didn't like the measly options presented by her parents and selected something else.

A death registration for an Arthur Pepper in 1908 is the right age for the father. He must have been proud of the name. Time reported in its January 26, 1931 edition that
in his will he left property of £95, giving power of attorney to a relative named Ann Bertha Cecelia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Inez Jane Kate Louisa Maud Nora Ophelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenephon Yetty Zeus Pepper.

If anyone knows of Ann's fate please post a comment.

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