Archive for July 24th, 2011

It’s been a while, so I think it’s time for another post on unusual, obscure, or old-fashioned names.

The lighting makes it a little hard to read, but Zerviah was the wife of James Keyt, who lived from 1818-1902. The name Zeruiah (Zerviah) appears in the Bible as one of King David’s sisters.


I can’t find much agreement on the name Zula. It appears to have been a more common name in the 19th century. Origin theories in my brief research range from it being derived from the African Zulus to the name of a town on the Red Sea to being a name used in Spanish.


Zerusha is one of those names that I can’t find a meaning for, but I was able to find a number of references to 19th century women who bore the name. Some of the family genealogy sites seemed to suggest that it was a variant of the name Jerusha, which is biblical.

Smith (2)

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: