How would you like to be a guy and have to go through life with “Darling” as your first name? “Hey, how ’bout hitchin’ up that team of horses?…Dar-ling!” And did Mrs. Ross call him “Darling” or “Dahhhhhhrling”??
As family history researchers, we see unusual names like this quite frequently, giving us a chuckle as we quickly scan by, looking for the non-Darling Ross names in the search for our elusive ancestors. The difference with me? I save them… for posting here later on!
So, how did Mr. Ross end up with Darling as his first name? Longtime genealogists will surmise that it’s not based on his sparkling personality; more likely a mother’s or grandmother’s maiden name. Colonial surnames were sometimes used as first names for later children. If I were researching our darling Darling here, I would surely be looking at possible Darling families living nearby.
But enough with the helpful hints – on with the silliness!
Appropriate names are always fun. What ELSE would you expect this fellow to do for work?
From the 1923 Bristol, CT Directory, a confused worker…
Do you think this Norwich, CT family has a problem trying to sit still?
And of course, staying in Norwich, we can’t forget marriages.
Isn’t this one of those Pacific Islands in the middle of nowhere?
Is this a couple or a birdwatching guide?
This second couple went WAY out of their way to offset “what people may think”.
…and this couple, uhhhhh – didn’t!
Happiness and Gaiety, not far behind!
But in the 1919 Brockton, MA Directory, someone is not quite sure.
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