JDR at Anglo-Celtic Connections today offers some Unusual names in family history.
One of the two men from the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters who died at the Battle of Cut Knife Hill on 2 May 1885 was John Rogers, a native of Barbados. While researching for the book "The Ottawa Sharpshooters" I found his mother was baptized Mary Licorish Kidney, one of the most unusual names I've ever found. It rivals a Norfolk man I stumbled on baptized February Backlog.I recently ran across a guy named "Newport Rhode Island" who served in the Revolution from Massachusetts. At first I thought it was a mistake, but his name appears both in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors and in the bounty land grant application filed by his widow in Maine. And then there's "Coffin Thing," who lived in Waterborough, Maine, in 1790 (his mother was a Coffin, his father a Thing).