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Thread #136762   Message #3124975
Posted By: Will Fly
30-Mar-11 - 02:15 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: On having two first names
Subject: RE: Folklore: On having two first names
John Willie is a name that was celebrated by music hall artist George Formby Senior (1875-1921) and appears in several recordings from the early years of the 20th century. It appears quite a bit in Lancashire - and probably elsewhere. Mary Ellen is also a common combination and perhaps the female equivalent of John Willie. ("I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy" - another music hall song).