Archives for September 3, 2009

What’s in a name?

I am looking for clues in this name – Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke – Can you help me solve this?”

The first Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke was born on April 15, 1826 and died May 5th of the same year. The second Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke was born June 22, 1830 in Frederick County, Maryland. The child of Elizabeth Simpson & William Clarke. Her father William, was born in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland on March 25, 1799. I assume that William carried on the Irish naming pattern from his native land. The pattern states that the first daughter is named after the mother’s mother. Interestingly enough they used the exact same name for daughter one and two.

SO I will now try to dissect the name to come up with clues

Sarah – This is easy and matches the naming pattern – Sarah is her maternal grandmothers name.

Ann – Her maternal great grandmother was Anne Ridgely – maybe after her?

Robinson – Not sure who this is

Worthington – This is her grandmother’s last name – Sarah Worthington

So I know where Sarah and Worthington come from. I think I know where Ann comes from, but what about Robinson? I have traced her maternal line back to the 1600’s with no mention of Robinson. Do you think Robinson or Ann Robinson could have been the name of her paternal grandmother?

Pictured is Elizabeth Simpson Clarke mother of Sarah.