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03 March 2013

Fearless Females: March 3 - Name - Susie Annie Gunter

Please visit Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month at The Accidental Genealogist.

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree. 

My daddy had a grandmother named Annie Black Gunter, the one this blog is named after. He called her “Big Mama”. Annie had a sister named Susie. My daddy wanted me to be named after both his grandmother and his aunt. He really loved both of them very much. Susie Annie was what I started out to be. My final name was Suzanne.

For years I was glad that Suzanne was chosen instead of Susie Annie, but the more I work on the family history, the more I like Susie Annie. I think that it would have been a cool name. As it was, I had no middle name and got lots of grief about that. No one believed that I had no middle name. They figured that it was really something stupid and I was just too embarrassed to share it with them.

The name that stands out to me the most of my female ancestors is Philadelphia Isabella. She was my maternal-grandmother’s paternal grandmother. I often thought that if I had another daughter, I would name her Delphia or Bella – maybe both!- after this great-great-grandmother. I can still hope for a grandchild to carry her name.

I don’t have any pictures of Annie, though I did see one when I was a child. But, I do have one of Philadelphia.


  1. Wow how nice that you had a grand mother like that and you have a photo.
    I love stories like this.

    1. Thanks, Kim. I appreciate that. I love to read family history stories, too. I am very happy to have this photo of my Great-Great-Grandma Delphia, even though it is only in digital form at this time. I feel like I have missed a lot by never getting to meet Big Mama Annie and Grandma Delphia. They both died before I was born. But, I am blessed to have their blood in me and count them in the list of the women that built me. :)

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great weekend!


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