Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fearless Females, Day 3: Where'd She Get Her Name?

Lisa Alzo has used the month of March for her "Fearless Females" blogging prompts for the past 6 years. She has posted her daily prompts and has also included free access to her "Tips and Tricks for Tracing Female Ancestors" Webinar for the month.

March 3rd prompt: Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother. or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you've come across in your family tree.

Origins of My Name

My sister was not quite one and her best friend was named Dana. My mom loved that name. My parents moved a few months before I was born and they named me Dana! (I think it'd have been weird if they still were living next door to each other.) They chose my middle name because they liked the way the names sounded together. (I do, too!)

Ellender (Bookout) Bennet posted on FindAGrave by my dad
I believe the original is in possession of my aunt & uncle

Most Unusual Female Name on My Tree

Since my name doesn't really fit the criteria, I'm moving on to the second part of Lisa's prompt... the most unusual female name in my tree. I think that would be my 3rd great grandmother, Ellender (Bookout) Bennett (1817 in KY - 1905 in MO).

Though her name often appears as some form of "Eleanor", her name has been passed down in our family as "Ellender." Her name appears in many forms in various records:
  • Eleanor in the 1850 census 
  • Elanor in 1860 census 
  • Ellendor in 1870 census 
  • Elenor in 1880 census 
  • Elendar in 1865 Kansas census 
  • Ellender in 1924 legal notice in "The Humboldt Union" newspaper
Do we have ancestors in common? I'd love to talk! Please leave a comment or email me at drleeds@sbcglobal.net


  1. Ellender is different enough, but what about Bookout? That is very unusual as well. I had to chuckle when I saw that one of your sources was the Humboldt Union...back in the 1998/99 I worked for Braden Publications which owned that paper and "The Yates Center News". I even had a article published in" The Humboldt Union" with a "by" line!

  2. Right away, I thought of the old British folksong, "Fair Ellender."



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