Favorite Name–52 Ancestors, Week 6

I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. The topic this week is “Favorite Name.”

My grandmother’s name was Olga Tekla Laura Nora Johnson. Her parents both came to the United States from Sweden about 1883. She had three sisters and two brothers and when I was a little girl I heard that my grandmother was the only one with a middle name–and that she had three middle names! (I’ve found out later her brothers and sisters did have middle names–but still they didn’t have three middle names.) One of my cousins is named Tekla Rachel Coleman Valley–so she has two middle names.

Another thing about my grandmother’s last name (Johnson). The story I always heard was that the last name the family came to this country with was Borg. (Maybe they were part of the Star Trek Borg!) However, when the family reached Minnesota there were no other families named Borg and that made them feel lonely so they changed their name to Johnson! A very funny story!

Do you have a favorite name in your family?

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