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  1. An ancestor called “New Year”?!

    Following on our festive names theme, our searchers have found the use of “New Year” as a forename exists from at least the seventeenth century.

    For example, New Year Carlile was baptised in Cumberland in 1690.  New Year Studlin married in Gosport, Hampshire, in 1746, whilst a New Year Maw lived in Yorkshire in the later eighteenth century.

    It was perhaps more common as a middle name in later years: John New Year Holley is just one doubly festive example, baptised in Norfolk in 1814.

    What festive names will you find in your family tree?

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