I am participating in the Fearless Females theme for
National Women's History Month
3 March - 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.
Rosamund Gwendoline HAYWOOD ( June - March ) was my aunt. My father’s eldest sister. Everyone called her ‘Gwennie’, and apparently she was some sort of saint. She died of diphtheria in , aged only . Family legend has it that her boyfriend was so distraught, he threw himself off a cliff and is buried beside her. Unfortunately, the cemetery which housed their graves has been covered over and is now a car park.
My parents always maintained that I was not named after her. But where else did my name come from? I can only think of a couple of other Rosamunds that were around at that time: Rosamund John (the actress) and Rosamunde Pilcher (the authoress, born in Cornwall). So I will have to claim the distinction of being unique. I think.
The most unusual name I have come across in my family history research – one that I loved instantly and have used as both username and password from time to time over the years – is 'Loveday'. Loveday Anna French (born in Bovey Tracey, Devon) was my first cousin three times removed; her father died when she was only three years old, and her mother, an earthenware painter, lived with Loveday's grandparents, John and Eliza HAYWOOD.