You have likely met persons with first names that you would consider exotic or unusual. Well, I can do you one better. While researching a patron question earlier this week, I ran across this name:
That’s right—first name Murder, last name Johnson. So, who names their child Murder, you may well ask? As it turns out, more people than you might imagine:
First & Middle Names: Murder (Exact) 1,140 hits
Yes, that general search in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) produced that many results! I admit that some of these folks really do have striking names:
And a personal favorite:
What a name for a flyweight boxer—“In this corner, weighing 98 pounds after eating an entire cheesecake, Murder Kid!”
I couldn’t stop here, of course—I also had to try this search:
First & Middle Names: Killer (Exact) 5,443 hits
Yes, that’s right—more than 5,000 kids whose parents thought that Killer was a jim-dandy first name! And once again, I must admit that some of these folks do have striking names indeed:
And the given name Killer is in fact a tradition in this family:
Killer Page Dormer
Killer Page Dormer Jr.
If you’ve got some time on your hands you can easily keep this “name game” going:
First & Middle Names: Slayer (Exact) 241 hits
You get the idea…
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.