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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Name Games


Our brand new index to Wisconsin birth records was built in order to help you find your ancestors. But it also has less serious uses. For example, before 1907 more than 100 Wisconsin babies were dubbed "John Smith," and 109 babies were born in Wisconsin 100 years ago today.

Some of the uncommon names given to children back then were:

Algern

Caliques

Dola

Fleda

Leara

Ludovicus

Lycurgus

Rowena

Tolmage

Tressie

Zahlia

and

Zella

But our favorite by far is the child christened "Happy Smith" in Vilas County in 1896. We hope that his or her life lived up to expectations.

The new birth index contains just under 1,000,000 names, so have fun poking around. You're sure to find something curious. In a few weeks we will release similar indexes to pre-1907 Wisconsin marriages and deaths.


:: Posted in Curiosities on February 15, 2006

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