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Thread #136762   Message #3126343
Posted By: GUEST,Tony
01-Apr-11 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: On having two first names
Subject: RE: Folklore: On having two first names
A girl I dated 40 years ago, who was from a small town in the bootheel region of southeastern Missouri, told me that double names were used in her town to distinguish people with the same first name by attaching a close relative's first name. For example, there were several women named Mary, so people added their husbands' names. So there was a Mary Bob, a Mary Pat, and even Mary Doc.

In old Russian novels and plays, close friends and relatives always seem to address each other by two names, even when they're cumbersome. "But I am loving your wife, dearest Vladimir Nikolayevich!"