Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:
Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)
Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin
Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)
Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)
Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)
Title: Names Lacked Variety in History
Snippet: It’s been more than nine years since I sat with a list of names on my lap, looking for the perfect one for a child. Being a writer of fiction, I have plenty of resources. Books and websites abound with names from cultures world-wide. Often they include meanings or origins. Thousands upon thousands of names crossed in front of my eyes on the search to find the ideal one for my boy.
If I hadn’t found one I loved, I could have easily done what many others have and created a new name. Combining two names such as Dale and Viola to make Vidalia is one example. Or a place could have served as a name such as Sydney, Dakota or Cheyenne. Flowers also make great names: Daisy, Hyacinth and Buttercup. Over the years, many children have been given the names of the month in which they were born: May, April and June.
. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.