Another unusual name

I might mention this one in conversation with Aleena Naylor on Radio Derby this coming Monday (11.15am or thereabouts) – we are supposed to be discussing the rise and fall of forenames over the years, but I haven’t worked out what to say just yet!  Anyway, while looking through some parish register printouts to check the frequency of Johns and Marys, we spotted someone baptised at Darley Dale in the name of Hydranthea Brenda Zara Fox.  She was born to parents Willoughby George Fox (gentleman) and Eliza Anne Jane Fox on 5 June 1869.  A quick check on tells me hers was the only birth registered in the name of Hydranthea during the entire century.  I can’t find her death certificate, though – which makes me wonder whether she altered the spelling, or even elected to go by the name Brenda.

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