Cripple Creek

About names.

I have the pleasure of sharing with you some names of my family members this post. I wonder what You think of when your hear some of them?

My most favorite attention getter is the name of my Great Grandmother who happened to claim native American heritage. She was Josephine Cinderella Crabtree Kirby. You can’t make up some of this stuff. She had 9 children and lived to the age of 99. Some claim 100 but we didn’t have her birth certificate. I was only 14 when she passed but she was Such an inspiring Christian woman. If you are getting ready to write a book, I’d recommend this attention-getter name.. Being as we are writing during the A to Z April Blog Challenge, this came to mind seeing so many aspiring writers.

Never fear, I will Not be one of those “writers”.

Back to the names, one of Great Grandma’s daughters was my beloved Great Aunt Zula. She taught me crochet. She lived to be 101. I aspire to live that long and spread the joy of crochet as she did. We were pen pals until she moved back to Missouri from California in the 70’s. It was then during a family gathering that she sat me down with a crochet hook and yarn (both from her stash) and blessed me with the skill that is my favorite relaxation technique to date.

Mind you, I am in no way poking fun at names. I have a name 9 – NINE – NINE letters long. Do you know how long it took me to learn to spell that??? Kindergarten was a nightmare. I didn’t have preschool like we do today, and kindergarten was a new thing around here and only half days. That’s probably no excuse. I was probably bored and exuding a Randall attitude. But I would never be one to make fun of a name for the record.

Some other memorable names in no particular order:

  • Ailsie
  • Hattie
  • Edna
  • Inez
  • Lovica
  • Lula
  • Mattie
  • Nattie
  • Maybelle
  • Eileen (my mom)
  • Lilith
  • Iris
  • Lottie
  • Genevieve
  • Dolly
  • Chandra
  • Sybil
  • Barbara ( I wanted my sister to be a Renee, Now we can’t imagine a world without our loveable Barbie)
  • Kirsten (I kept the faith with my youngest daughter. Do you know how many ways you can mispronounce her name? I’m lucky she still loves me )
  • Evette (All the grandmothers would be proud of my sister’s choice for her baby girl)


Ok now for the men

  • Byard
  • Byard Earl
  • Bazil
  • Rouel
  • Byard Henry
  • Maurice Earl
  • Herman
  • Monroe
  • Luther Lincoln
  • Rolla
  • Rado
  • Arsene
  • Finus

Then there are Facebook friends lists. Now That is a place to name shop.           Mammoth choices!

 In conclusion, if you are having a baby and have not yet chosen a name, here are some choices that you may not have heard recently – or at all – and you won’t have to worry about anyone else having that name in your child’s class.



  1. For some reason I can’t play the video. I love the name Cripple Creek and I loved that old song someone once sang about being up Cripple Creek. Lots of interesting names!


  2. I’m loving the videos and music! Wow, yes that is a passle of great names. my family does geneology and on my dad’s side there are some really unique names. I’d never really thought to list them, that’s cool. We named all our kids after ancestors.
    Love the story about your Aunt Zula teaching you to crochet! what a great legacy 🙂
    I tried to leave a comment yesterday and google kept giving me an error 😦


    • Thank you for visiting:-)I’m not sure but you’re the 3rd person having issues. One other had to switch their platform to something other than safari.I use internet explorer. After they switched they were able to view. Guess it’s a technology thing?? Good to know so I can report so thanks for the heads up.


  3. Names of our loved ones have special meanings to us, and thinking of them makes us happy, doen’t it?
    … I learned how to crochet from my mother, and I was not a very good student.– Your Great Aunt Zula must have been a great teacher.


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