Forenames and what they reveal about ancestors

Buckinghamshire Family History Society

Friday, 27th May 2022 at 8.30 pm

Speaker: Denise Bates (

There are three main areas from which names are sought:

  • Tribute names, taken from an admired person, e.g. Charles Dickens, Florence Nightingale, Sherlock Holmes
  • Commemorative names, which can originate from an incident or place of national importance or individual significance
  • Localised names, which occurred in various parts of the country.

During the interwar years, tribute and commemorative names continued, but at a reduced level.  Film stars replaced military and politicians’ names.

Unusual forenames add to our knowledge about public feeling, and offer insight into the interests, values and character of our ancestors who choose them.

A Zoom talk for BFHS members. Online membership costs £6.00 a year.

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