Saturday, April 27, 2013

JANE IS A POPULAR NAME

o you have a name that has been in your family for centuries? I have several, but one stands out--JANE. In keeping with family tradition, my middle name is JANE.

DAD’S SIDE

My paternal grandmother was Martha JANE Brashear.  One second great grandmother was Martha JANE Turner. Another second great grandmother was JANE McFarland.  My seventh great grandmother was JANE Prather. Another seventh great grandmother was JANE Braunston. My ninth great grandmother was JANE Fallin. My tenth great grandmother was JANE Bates.  Another tenth great grandmother was JANE Curwen. Another tenth great grandmother was JANE Stark.

My great grand aunt was JANE Barbara Stewart. My fifth great grand aunt was JANE Bean.  My sixth great grand aunt was JANE Beall.

And then there are all the cousins: Three women with the name JANE Magruder, JANE Mullikin, another JANE Prather and JANE Baldock.


MOM’S SIDE

My mom’s name was JANE. My great grandmother’s name was JANE Owen. My second great grandmother was JANE Lewis. Another second great grandmother was JANE Pritchard. My ninth great grandmother was JANE Hulet.

And then there are the cousins: JANE Crandall, JANE Babcock, JANE Foote, JANE  Cutler and JANE Hinklin.

Through Ancestry.com, I found a living cousin from my mom’s Welsh side of the family. Guess what? Her middle name is Jane too.

Frankly, I was never wild about the name Jane but, after seeing its importance in my family tree, I have grown to love it.

Here are some “J” pins passed down from my women ancestors:





Wikipedia has a good list of name variants as well as famous people named Jane, such as Calamity Jane and Jane Austen:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_(given_name)

If you want to read up on the name Jane, here are some links I found:

Do you have a favorite family name that has been used numerous times? Will future generations continue the pattern?



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Women Illustrations, 2004.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Full-Color Old-Time Vignettes, 2002.

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