My great-great grandparents, Charles Coleman Martin and Sarah Ann Ellison Martin, selected some unusual names for their children. I’ll research these a bit to see if there is some famous person that inspired the names.
►Milton Martenis MARTIN 1857 – 1879, Google wasn’t much help with this one. It felt I misspelled Milton Martinez and gave me thousands of results for that hispanic name.
►Upha Penina MARTIN 1858 – 1935, called Effie (that’s even on her gravestone). Apparently Penina is a variation on the Greek name Penelope.
►My great grandfather, John Thomas Martin was the middle child. Somehow he ended up with a fairly ordinary name.
►Francis Marion MARTIN 1868 – 1950, This one is likely named after Francis Marion of Revolutionary War fame, otherwise known as the Swamp Fox. The family called him Frank.
►Cora Gozena Martin 1875 – 1968, called Grace. Gozena doesn’t show up in the baby name directories at all. It sounds vaguely Italian though my family is not of Italian origin.
When the census taker came around in 1870, he was given the names Frank (age 1), Effie, John, and Milton, so even at a young age, the family did not use their fancy names for the children. Cora wasn’t born yet. The family lived in Lyon County, Kansas at that time.
The photo is from our family album. It shows John Thomas and Frank (L to R), Cora and Effie (L to R).