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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Clementine & Fanny

Posted February 25, 2008 8:26 a.m. EST

Oh, my Darlin' Clementine! My great grandfather Milas Bruce Leslie used to sing that song. He married a Clementine Wilhelm and the two raised a fine family in Concord. One of their children was named Fanny. As a child I thought that was a very funny name.

Are names like Clementine and Fanny lost and gone forever? I hope not. I love many of the colorful names on family trees in the South. Here are some of my favorites: Beauregard, Clovis, Cletus, Inez and Darla Beth.

Examine your own family tree. Share with us the most interesting names.

I’ll send a “Peaceful Journey” DVD to the person who contributes the most unusual and interesting name.

Billybob is waiting to hear from you.