Top 10 Ridiculous Baby Names From The 1800s: Friendless And One Too Many Top List

Baby boy (6-9 months) with hand on face
Baby boy (6-9 months) with hand on face

Ridiculous names parents bestow on their children is seen as a very modern phenomenon.

Not so – as this evidence from London-based genealogy firm Fraser & Fraser perfectly illustrates.

They looked at names given to babies during the Victorian era and came up with a top 10 list of doozies that would have Apple, Blue, Romeo, Princess Tiaamii, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Bear Blaze gnashing their teeth in envy.

Suddenly, 'Keith' doesn't seem so bad!

1. Friendless – Friendless Baxter was born in 1871 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, though whether he was a popular lad isn't recorded.

2. Faith Hope Charity – Faith Hope Charity Brown was born in 1892 in Gillingham, Kent. A good kid, we hope!

3. Leicester Railway – Leicester Railway Cope was born in a train carriage at Leicester Railway Station in 1863. 4. Time Of – Time Of Day was born in Hoo, Kent, in 1899. Well, if your surname's Day it makes sense, no?

5. One Too Many – One Too Many Gouldstone was born in Walthamstow, London, in 1870. Either the last child in a very big family, or conceived after a night down the pub?

6. Windsor – Windsor Castle was born in Nottingham in 1876. Her father was a bricklayer and had no relation to royalty.

7. Zebra – Zebra Lynes was born in Southampton in 1875.

8. Ann Bertha Cecilia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Iug Jane Kate Louisa Maud Nora Orphelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenophen Yetty Zeus Pepper – Ann was born in 1882 in West Derby, Lancs, now Liverpool. (The first letters spell out the alphabet - apart from Pepper, which was her real surname).

9. That's It Who'd Have Thought It – That's It Who'd Have Thought It Restell was born in Strood, Kent, in 1886.

10. Mineral – Mineral Waters was born in 1892 in Rochford, Essex. No relation to legendary blues singer Muddy!

Genealogists at Fraser and Fraser trawled through thousands of birth records to find the bizarre names.

Neil Fraser, a partner at the firm, said: "As a parent you like to give your child a name which you feel is unique and individual.

"But we should always remember the child has to live with this name.

"I'm pretty sure if a parent tried to name their child 'One Too Many' nowadays, it would not be allowed."