Thursday, September 22, 2005


Disclaimer: People may consider some family names funny. It's unavoidable. But we know that all family names are valid and have interesting histories. We mean no offense. That said:

These names are particularly fun when they cross paths, or at least might have. Setting aside the obvious places like Chicago and Philadelphia, where averybody congregated, we find Drinkwaters and Passwaters in Kansas. In the 1900 census, in Falls Township, Chase County, Kansas, (sheet 1B) we see the family of Charles (?) and Ida DRINKWATER, both of Pennsylvania, and their children (all born in Kansas), Mabell, Delos, Hannah, Myron, Winifred, and John. I'm particularly fond of the name Myron Drinkwater; it reminds me of a newsman that I used to hear on KSL radio in Salt Lake City by the name of Florian Weinreiter (phonetic).

Meanwhile, two counties over, in Lone Elm Township, Anderson County, Kansas (sheet 6A), we find the family of farmer James PASSWATER (from Illinois) and his wife Mary (from Kansas), and daughters Jessie and Bertha.

Wouldn't it be great if they intermarried and had a child named Winnie Drinkwater Passwater? Something like that happened when Minerva HUGGINS married Manlove PASSWATER in Hamilton County, Indiana on 05 APR 1877. Don't you just love the name Minerva Huggins Passwater?! Poor, unfortunate Manlove apparently went through 3 wives in 10 years.

By the way, a source at suggests that PASSWATER may have been another word for a ferryman, or someone who helps you pass over water.

Let me know if you find other interesting, unique, and maybe even comical names out there.


  • Cool site! I tried to research MY family history-but I didn't really understand much of what I found on-line.

    By Blogger starbender, at 10:57 AM  

  • Starbender,
    Let's see what I can do to help. No need to divulge anything about yourself. Choose the line you want to learn about, and tell me about it by giving me what you know about your grandparents on that line.

    By Blogger M. Ellsworth, at 11:22 AM  

  • Passwater is a funny name, try living with the name Israel Passwater see what you get :)


    Israel Passwater

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:47 AM  

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