Fearless Females 3 March 2016: Names and Naming Patterns

Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree. 

The prompt for 3 March 2016 deals with names and naming patterns.  

Image credit: Pixabay

The female first names in my family tree are pretty standard for Slovaks: Anna, Helen, Maria, Elizabeth, Verona, Borbala.  

My name “Lisa” is a short form of Elizabeth (this was my paternal grandmother’s first name). 

The Behind the Name website lists the following information for my name:

  • Given Name LISA
  • GENDER: Feminine
  • USAGE: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
  • PRONOUNCED: LEE-sə (English), LEE-zah (German)   [key]
  • Meaning & History

Short form of ELIZABETH, ELISABETH, ELISABET or ELISABETTA. This is the name of the subject of one of the world’s most famous paintings, the ‘Mona Lisa’, the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.

My mother, Anna, was named for her paternal grandmother. 

Exploring the first names of our female ancestors can be an interesting exercise and noting naming patterns could lead to further research clues.

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One thought on “Fearless Females 3 March 2016: Names and Naming Patterns

  1. I love your Pixabay "Lisa." 🙂 In our family, only a few of the males have been named for people.

    I shared the post behind both my name and an unusual name on my blog. Enjoying these prompts!

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