Baby names

On the day that The Office for National Statistics releases the most popular baby names of 2017, a reminder of Our first blog post ever of some unusual names (re-discovered by Derbyshire Family History Society) that probably don’t feature anywhere near the top 100!!

What about this one

Let us know if you’ve found any unusual ones in your family



4 thoughts on “Baby names

  1. I’ve enjoyed a recent discovery that amongst my wife’s ancestors is the delightfully named True Wigley – baptised at Wirksworth in 1712 and married in Darley in 1735.

  2. Tetsy (Tetsey/Tetzy)!

    When I first saw her name when I was looking for information about David Collumbell. I found two cousins, both David, one who had married Tetsy Taylor at All Saints Derby in 13 Aug 1792.

    For a long time I thought that it was a name incorrectly transcribed for Betsy. But then I tracked her baptism: 1770 Jan 21: Tetsy, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Taylor at All Saints’ Derby.

    I found 6 children of Tetsy and David, some baptised at St Alkmund’s and some at All Saints’ Derby. I’m pretty sure that she was called formally ‘Elizabeth’ because Tetsy is listed in the margin at a baptism of one of her children, beside the main entry ‘Elizabeth’. But her name was also written as Tetzy and Betsy.

    Tetsy’s husband David, son of William Collumbell, belonged to a dynasty of tailors and when David died young, without a Will, she had to sort out his estate. Sadly she died not long after. Her burial, in 18 October 1804 (Tetsey, widow of David Collumbell) is recorded in All Saints’ Derby.

    I mentioned my family history; the link is with the other David Collumbell, cousin to Tetsy’s husband. This David married Martha Torkington in 1794 and lived in the parish of St Alkmund. I’m pretty sure that Martha and David’s daughter Elizabeth is Grandma’s Grandma.

    • That is an unusual name, it sounds like you’ve done a bit of digging to confirm all the details, I wonder how Elizabeth became Tetsy. As you say it was probably through Betsy, definitely an interesting tale

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