Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fearless Females - Day 3

In honor of National Women's History Month, I will be following the blogging prompts from The Accidental Genealogist blog. The prompts are interesting and I need to post something so I am following along again.  Here is Day 3.

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 don't share a name with any of my ancestors on my dad's side of the family.  I do have a few unusual names.  The name that I have selected for this post is my great grand aunt Mercilvia Frances Boughner McClanahan.  I had never heard the name before I found her.  I have found many different spellings of her name, which I assume are misspellings.  I have found Mercilva, Myrrhsilva, and Myrrhsylvia.


  1. Fantastic name! Did you figure out who she might have been named for Betty?

    1. No I haven't found anybody with a similar name. She had a half-sister named Seralda, which I have never heard before either. I haven't gotten too far beyond them, so maybe back a few generations.