Fearless Females: March 3 – Name sharing

March 3 — 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.


I do not share my first name with any of my ancestors; though it is far from unique, I am the only one with this name on my family tree.  I do however share my middle name with my great-grandmother Ada Mae (Wetzel) Strausser.  There are currently 25 of us sharing Mae as a middle name.  I suspect there are more but I am still working on determining many of the ladies middle names though there are plenty of M middle initials and Mary and Marie are not commonly used names in my family.


Mae never went by Ada and everyone was surprised to find out that her first name wasn’t Mae.  Being partially named after my great-grandma has always strengthened the connection I felt with her.  Since she died when I was very young, I am happy to share something with her that will last a lifetime.

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