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Thread #99077   Message #1970003
Posted By: ClaireBear
16-Feb-07 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Were you named after anyone?
Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
Anna Maria Alberghetti! There's a name I haven't heard in awhile. She was quite a gal, as I recall.

Well, I was named after Santa Clara University, where my father was head of the history department for many years. Lucky for me, my parents decided that the French form "Claire" went better with my French second and German last names than the Spanish "Clara," which sounds, umm, less-than-euphonic in American English.

Of course, when I went to the university myself later on, it proved somewhat awkward to have been named after the institution, but again the different form of the name saved me, so only the history professors knew for sure.