In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I can think of 1 way by which

someone comes to be called Barefoot. I am supposing that the 18th century American I came across yesterday with this name was just known to everyone as Barefoot and so they wrote his name that way even for wills, marriages, etc. Because I really can't imagine naming your child Barefoot.

For the record, I think Zettie is absolutely adorable for a little girl (and yes, I also approve of Nettie, Hattie, Harriet, Henriette and Henrietta, Zenetta, Etta, etc.). Cambyses is too interesting to discard simply because of how unusual it is. It might win me over. I'm evaluating the strengths of Vernabelle over Edmonia (the first sounds more pleasing, the second has the 'nia' ending, both have cute nicknames, but at the same time seem, opprobrious - is that the word - in their attempt to fit a man's name on a girl and make it seem a girl's name.) But I can say definitively that Dowdell, at least as I imagine it pronounced and see it spelled, has no chance of convincing me to like it whatsoever. I will admit that I like some of the possible nicknames, but 'doody' seems to be one possibility as well as 'dumb bell' and 'dowdy' that turn me off of the name completely.

Oh, here's a good question to ponder: what name would Zettie be a good nickname for?  Also, would the right middle name make Edmonia or Vernabelle do-able? Is there some other way to tweak them and make them more modern?

Can anything at all be done for Dowdell? (and do you think this is a man's name, woman's name, or unisex)

And are you one of those people who could justifiably put Barefoot down on official documents as your name?






Barefoot- this really was the name used as someone's first name in some colonial American research I did. Now maybe he was just called Barefoot so much as a nickname that when they filled out a will or whatever they still referred to him as Barefoot. But it is also possible that this was his given name and not a nickname. I can only imagine it is meant to indicate someone who walks about barefoot when others have on socks or shoes.




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