September 23, 2012 10:39 AM Subscribe
Can you tell me anything about the woman's name "Elexener"?
posted by Countess Elena to writing & language (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In reading a property case about land claims on Martha's Vineyard that were based on genealogical research, I came on a reference to that given name for a woman born in about the 1860s. I'd never heard it before, and I'm kind of a name buff. The researchers were also unsure of its spelling, or even how the woman used it. Her name (if she was even the same person in all the records, a point of dispute) was variously given as Elekzener, Elexener, Elexem, Zena, and Jennie.
The woman was of Wampanoag descent, I believe, but "Elexener," which shows up as a name result here and there in Google, has no obvious Indian antecedents. My guess is that it is either Biblical, or an archaic dialectical variant from somewhere in the UK, either from Eleanor or from Alexandra. Can you tell me? I quite like it.