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Thread #136762   Message #3127358
Posted By: Rob Naylor
03-Apr-11 - 03:15 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: On having two first names
Subject: RE: Folklore: On having two first names
Will Fly: 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.

Yorkshire, too, Will. My maternal great uncle John Willie Priestley was never called anything else. He was born in about 1880. My maternal grandad was always "Albert Edward".

Oddly, those two are the only two in my large-ish family with doubled first names (my mum is one of 8 children who survived to adulthood and dad was one of 5, with the previous generation being equally numerous).