Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:
1) What is your middle name? Do you know why your parents gave it to you?
2) Do you have ancestors with your middle name as part of their name?
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.
1) My middle name is Vivienne. I don’t know why my parents gave it to me, although I think it was because they liked the name. I do remember being told that it was originally going to be my first name, but one of my sisters had a friend who died called Vivienne, so mum and dad changed it to be my middle name.
2) None of my ancestors have this name. I do have some instances of the name, as well as the variations Vivien, and Vivian, in my family tree, but most of these are either from my husband’s side of the family, from collateral lines (i.e. not directly related), or are the spouses of someone in my direct line. There were only 2 I found with the name Vivienne who shared a common ancestor, one with my 3x great grandparents Mark Oldroyd and Elizabeth Sidebottom, and the other with my 2x great grandparents Thomas Henry Russell and Maria Louisa Doyle.
I found 4 that shared a common ancestor, who had the name Vivian. All 4 are descended from my 3x great grandparents William Whimpey and Elizabeth Clements’ son, Isaac Whimpey.