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Ancestral amusement

It's Family History Month in Australia, and I have just come across a family of distant Victorian/Edwardian cousins who I'm not sure whether to (metaphorically) applaud or slap. Their surname was Aris, and they named almost all their children with double-A names: Albert Alfred, Arthur Alexander, Amelia Adelaide, Agnes Alexandra, Augustus Archibald, Arnold Adolphus and Algernon Aubrey. The only exceptions were the eldest child (Annie Eliza) and the youngest (Francis John)

So nearly all their kids had the initials AAA. Monogrammed hankies must have been tough to sort out in that household :)

I have also discovered a baby who could not possibly be her father's biological child (he was fighting in WW1 and did not have any leave in the year she was conceived) and a family line who were nearly all Bad Lots - the entire family, at least the male contingent, was constantly in trouble for drunkenness, poaching and fighting. And then there's the man who barely three months after his wife was buried married his wife's much older sister. Family scandals au-go-go!


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Aug. 21st, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
LOL! I think they deserve applause for being creative enough to come up with so many A names but I suspect their children might have wanted to slap them.
Aug. 21st, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
I feel badly for the kid with no A names at all!!
Aug. 27th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Fascinating stuff!

We've been doing a bit of research into the family who first lived in our house when it was built in 1895. The father was a baker with a shop in the next street, and they had 5 children, but the oldest, Ernest, died when he was 9 - we can't find why yet. One of the daughters never married and died at 40 but the parents lived into their 70s, so did one of their sons. I love to think of them all living here. :-)
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