UNUSAL NAMES IN SEYMOUR HISTORY With help from Ellen Piehl
Over the last 100 years, the most frequent names given male and female babies have changed considerably. In 1914 the top five boy’s names were John, James, William, Robert, and Joseph. One hundred years later in 2013, Noah, Liam, Jacob, Mason and William were most common. William is on both lists, but Michael has held the top spot for 44 of the last 100 years.
Mary has been ranked number one 42 of the 100 years to lead the girls’ names. In 1914 the top five included Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, and Ruth. The 2013 list is much different with Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, and Ava leading the way.
Marlan and Lois Rehmer transcribed and indexed the Seymour City Cemetery tombstones in 1995. Pictured is the Bean family memorial, one of the most unique in the cemetery. Listed below are some of the more unusual names from the transcription index:
Alpheus (Atwood), Vida (Berry), Elbridge (Boyden), Aiken (Brunette), Chancy (Daniels), Hepsy (Day), Minetta (Duernberger), Alvilda (Husman), Auguena (Huth), Otelge (Kimpel), Nicea (Knox), Devaudella (Le Mieux), Early (Le Mieux), Zida (Mc Mullen), Eldreth Rose (Mielke), Edner (Nickel), Rosewitha (Niedermair), Fidelia (Patten), Emro (Plantikow), Elvary (Reis), Achsah Sherman), Sarepta (Sherwood) and Anelda (Wisniewski).
Seymour Community Museum Board member Ellen Piehl (an accredited genealogist) photographed all the City Cemetery tombstones this past spring and is currently labeling them. They will be put on flash drives and made available to the public at City Hall and the museum. A transcription and photos are already finished for the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Anyone interested in more details can contact Ellen through e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).