Dee Notaro's Blog – July 2015 Archive (2)

Comic Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen: July 26,1895

Gracie Allen was born to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. The Darraghs are listed as being from County Antrim with Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in 1833 and married Margaret Peggy McKillip from Ballymoney, County Antrim. The Darraghs were from County Antrim. Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Origin of Surname July

This rare surname spelling is one of a group of variants such as Jul(l)ie, Jewley, Juely and Julee, which are first recorded in England in the early 17th Century. They derive from the Old French "Jolif", through the Middle English "Jolly", a nickname for a person of happy and cheerful disposition. The name may also be associated with the Old Norse-Viking "Jol", a variant of "Yule", the midwinter festival which celebrated the end of the shortening of the days. In this case the name would have…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 1, 2015 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

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