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Forenames and What They Reveal About Ancestors

Mon, Dec. 13, 2021 2:30pm

Location: ZOOM ONLY NOT AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED

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Monday 13th December at 2.30pm – MEETING TO BE HELD ON ZOOM ONLY - NOT AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED

This talk is by Denise Bates, who will be talking to us from Manchester on “Forenames and what they reveal about Ancestors”, a subject that usually involves some audience participation.

Alongside traditional forenames used across many generations, birth, marriage and death records reveal that there have always been some parents who selected non-standard names. Denise became interested in the use of such names after discovering several examples whilst researching her family tree. This inspired her to conduct her own extensive research into the topic, and enabled her to identify particular naming patterns. She linked this into wider social history, considering what the use of certain names might reveal about individual parents, the times or the community where they lived.

Denise covers royal names, actual and fictional tribute names, names associated with a locality or occupation, and names that reflect a particular moment in history or the parents’ anti-establishment views. She also touches upon the declining popularity of names, as well as the inspiration for unusual names — and how they can help a family historian. She promises some seasonal names as well, in this run-up to Christmas.

This event is free to members ‘attending’ over Zoom, and is also available to non-members at a cost of £3.00. If you wish to ‘attend’ please register via our website https://avsfhg. org.uk/events/book/ by 5pm on the preceding Friday and you will be sent joining instructions.   However, at a cost of £6 for a full year’s membership, why not consider signing up with this growing band of family history enthusiasts now?  

Membership taken out after 1st October lasts until the following December