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GUEST,Dani 18 Feb 07 - 11:16 AM
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Roger the Skiffler 18 Feb 07 - 03:16 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 11:16 AM

Depends on who you'd ask, but no one is left to tell the tale, so this is my memory:

My father wanted a daughter called 'Dani'. I think there was a character in a book that he liked, but if I ever knew the name of it, I've forgotten.

My mother's father was the youngest surviving of 13 children of Daniel McCarry and Ellen Gallagher. Pop-Pop's name was Daniel Donald, but he always used Don/Donald. I've often wondered where the 'Donald' came from to a poor widowed Irishwoman early last (pre-Trump) century; though the McCarrys DID live in Atlantic City. Hmmmm.....

As first grandchild, I became Danielle, French version apparently offending no one. The first MALE grandchild became Daniel as well, and we are thus 'the other Dani/Danny'.

Dani


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From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 06:10 AM

I was born on 30th November and named Andrew, after the saint of that day.
I always thank my lucky stars that I wasn't born on St Swithins day!!


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From: MBSLynne
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 04:09 AM

I once saw an interview on tv with Diana Ross. They asked her the names of her children. I don't remember the others (I think there were three of them) but the youngest daughter was called Chutney!! My family didn't hear much of the rest of the interview, we were all laughing too much. I guess chutney is possibly not something eaten in America?

Love Lynne


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 03:58 AM

nope, lucky me. Tho I was supposed to be Susan except one of mum's friends had a baby girl & named her Susan, so I got Sandra (dunno why)

But my sister has mum's name as her middle name (Joy), & my brother has dad's name as his middle name (Reginald) & my youngest sister has her cousin's name as a middle name (Valerie). Cousin was her second godmother. All first names are new to the family trees (Sandra, Pam, John & Diane).

Mum's middle name is her paternal aunt's first name (Alice), her sister's first name is her maternal aunt's name (Ruby) & if I remember correctly her middle name (Thelma) was another aunt.

On Mum's side of the tree there are very few repetitions, however Dad's paternal mother's tree is full of repetitions, lotsa' Johns, Georges, Ellens, Eleanors, Sarahs ...

Dad's middle name was his mother's maiden name (Bowie) & my brother gave his son Jack this middle name. John was called Jack by many of his mates, so used this name for his son.

Mum's dad was named Harry (not Harold). Dad's dad was born Isaac Francis & always called himself Frank Isaac - he even used those names when he was married & was also buried under that name.

Speaking of older relatives claiming a child was named after them - Dad's cousin Clarice was not named after her aunt Clara! But Aunt claimed her.

Worse case of not upsetting rellies was the friend who was named after her 6 aunties! Her first name was Edna & I can no longer remember the whole list.

sandra


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From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 03:16 AM

Roger for the romantic hero of a novel my mother was reading at the time (OK, stop laughing!) Martin , my middle name, was my maternal grandmother's maiden surname. My dad was off in the RAF at the time so I guess he didn't get a say!

RtS


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From: Alba
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 09:43 PM

Yes, I was named after several Family Members, but that all changed after I entered the witness protection program!


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From: heric
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:41 PM

No, but I named my kid Neil so that his name wouldn't be too common in USofA-land. Left my elders out of the process, only to be informed after the fact that he has two recent ancestors of the same name, both of whom met their maker after being trompled by horses. (Prairie farm folk.)


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From: Naemanson
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:38 PM

Wesley, your wife and I hav3e something in common. I too was named for Bret Maverick. However, my parents were not ones to go too far down that lane. They put an extra 't' on the end.

My middle name comes from my mother's youngest brother, David. When I was young he was my hero. He rode dirt bikes back before the Japanese bikes showed up with their two stroke engines. He liked to ride a customized BSA. My grandmother's cellar was always full of motorcycle parts and David's hearth was covered with trophies. He could enjoy looking at them while his latest broken bones healed.


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From: Bernard
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:17 PM

Hmmm... my three-year-old granddaughter Amber knows she's in bother when her mum says 'Come here, lady!'.

One of the daftest names I can remember was the headmistress of the local infant school. With 'Olive' as her first name, why did she marry someone called 'Plant'? Could have been worse, I suppose... 'Grove' or 'Hoyle'...!

A teacher friend had someone in her class called Duane Pype... like they say, truth is often stranger than fiction!!


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From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:08 PM

I was named after my father's father Joseph Fineman and my mother's father Clinton B. Hughes.

While my mother was expecting me, she called me Rachel in the hope that the perversity of fate would make me a boy. That did the trick.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: JennieG
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 06:47 PM

My parents never ever addressed me as Jennifer, always Jennie, and they always spelled it that way. I knew I was in trouble (if not to say deep shit) when my mother started calling me "my girl" - "now see here, my girl....!"

My mother's maiden name was Mavis Davis. Why - she didn't know. She was born in 1924 when Mavis was a popular name for girls, but when your surname is Davis why call a daughter Mavis? why not Beryl? or Dulcie? or any of the other names popular at the time?

Cheers
JennieG


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From: bubblyrat
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 05:51 PM

I guess Joan Baez ought to know something about Scottish - Mexican marriages, if what I read about her years ago is true ?? My middle name is Vaughan,but I have absolutely no idea why. I like to imagine that whoever picked the name enjoyed the music of Vaughan-Williams.!
For years, my grandmother insisted that my first name,Roger, came from my father"s time in the Royal Air Force,as a wireless (radio) operator / air -gunner ( in a Boeing B-17 )----it wasn"t until I was about 40 that I found out that I was,in fact,named after the brother of a girl my dad was keen on during the war !! I recall reading a story about Oprah Winfrey. Apparently, her mother wanted to name her daughter after someone in the Bible. The name she chose was ORPAH , the sister of RUTH.However,either Mrs.Winfrey senior,or the registrar of births,misread it,or was dyslexic, hence OPRAH !!One should always be careful with names !My sister nearly got called Amanda Lyn !!


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From: Deckman
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 04:53 PM

I thought you might find this interesting: My Father's birth name, as on his 1908 christening certificate is: Thekney Hjalmer Frithien Niemi Knuttala Nelson! (I kid you not). Being Named "Roope" instead of any more names, made me quite grateful. CHEERS, Bob


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From: Bernard
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 01:18 PM

My father was Rear Gunner (Tail-end Charlie) in Avro Lancaster bombers during WWII, and I was named after the pilot, Bernard Fitch, whose skill kept them all alive. Assisted by a degree of good luck...!

Not only is my father still alive to this very day, but so is Bernard Fitch - and they are now in their mid eighties. Sadly, one of the crew died last year - navigator Len Whitehead.


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 12:17 PM

RE Micca: He answers to 'little round git' as well... : )

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Flash Company
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 11:19 AM

Figure I had a lucky escape! The original plan was to name me after my two (deceased) Grandfathers, but when Dad was going to register the birth he met a neighbour who asked,' What are you going to call him?'
When he told her she said,'You shouldn't call him after two dead folk!', So off his own bat he registered me as Brian, there had never been a Brian in either family!
As I said, lucky escape, I could have been John Percival.

FC


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From: MBSLynne
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 10:55 AM

Talking about the inflection on the second syllable of a name...my parents liked Lynne because you couldn't shorten it, then went on to call me by longer nicknames! My Dad has always called me Lulu, and still does. My Mum sometimes calls me that too, or Linnet. My brother calls me Lynna and my sister calls me Linsey!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Becca72
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 10:15 AM

LOL...thanks for clearing that up, dad. I was cool with it either way.


As for what you were called when in trouble, I'm lucky enough to have 2 older sisters who were much worse than I...so when I was in trouble with mum it was "Elaine....er....Debra....er REBECCA ELLEN!! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Micca
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 09:53 AM

Yeah, Jenny, that rising inflection, Mich-ael, was a definate strike one, Michael Anthony, was much deeper trouble, I only got Michael Anthony Gerard Patterson Once and I have the marks permanently etched in my Psyche for the aftermath of that incident.
I think the Michael was from my fathers family ,it was some kind of traditional name for them (I learned when I was in my late teens that I have a half-brother(same father)also called Michael) the Anthony was from my Mothers choice, No idea why, and the Gerard also, No idea.
We were a family for nicknames tho' and I had many when I was little,including ,Democles,You little toe rag, Mikker which slowly decayed into Micca (since gaelic use the hard K sound for C(as in Celtic, which is properly pronounced Keltic not selltic)and I have used it on and off ever since, I still respond to Mike also, and have also been called Patt(surname abbreviation) when I served in a ship that had 3 Mikes in the deck crew!!


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From: JennyO
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:37 AM

Well yes, Micca, that is true, but they didn't have to resort to that too often. I was mainly called Jenny, so just calling me Jennifer was enough to let me know I was in trouble.

I can still recall the rising inflection in my mother's voice, calling out when my brother and I were hiding somewhere outside:

Jenni- fer!! Grah - am!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: kendall
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:37 AM

Becca72, I named you Rebecca simply because I always liked that name. I never had a girlfriend named Rebecca, that originated with your Aunt Linda. She gets odd notions that only make sense to her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Micca
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:05 AM

Jenny, If I recall correctly, To be called by your full name, esp. by your mother was a Sign that you were deeply in the poo and probably needed to start swimming and maybe checking alibis


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From: JennyO
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 08:00 AM

I should be thankful that they didn't go for Jennifer Dorothy, it's a bit of a mouthful.

JennieG, funny you should say that. I am Jennifer Dorothy, and it IS a bit of a mouthful, but it doesn't really matter. How often do you get called by your full name?

My mother, whose name was Winifred Jean, liked Jean but didn't like Winifred. She called me Jennifer because she thought it sounded similar to Jean. As it turned out, when looking up the origins of names, we found that Jennifer and Winifred were actually more closely linked, both being derivations of Guinevere.

My second name Dorothy was the name of my aunt, a nursing sister who owned a private hospital. I was born there - she delivered me. So I was named after her.


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From: dianavan
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 03:40 AM

They were going to call me Georgia but since I was born on May Eve, they named me Diana. I'm just glad they didn't call me Eva May. My brother would have been John III so they named him Jan, instead. He was always assigned to girls P.E. class which he didn't mind at all. He'd innocently walk into the girl's locker room and protest when they tried to remove him. My youngest brother got his initials first, K.C. then they found names to match - Kelvin Charles. I still call him K.C.


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From: Adrianel
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 10:47 PM

My wife has a "follow-on" name, the same one as her mother and (maternal) grandmother - Mavourneen. We don't know if it goes further back than that.
I share a middle name (Elmer) with my father; I haven't the faintest idea where it comes from as it's very rare in England.
My Gran (father's mother) was always very sparing with syllables in names. Her children were "Ive" (Ivan, my father), "Bet" (Betty), "Gorg" (Gordon) and "Peg" (Peggy). It took my mother a long time, when she and my father were courting (as one did in the 1930s), to get Gran to grant her 2 syllables (Hilda), so she was determined to give her children names that Gran could not reduce to monosyllables. So, I am Adrian ("Ade"), my brother is Nigel ("Nige"), and our sister Miranda ("Mandy"). Mother sort of won 1 out 3.
To vary the thread slightly, how many people do you know who have different names with different groups of friends? I grew up with a John (given names John Christopher) who became Chris when he went to flight school (as there were too many other Johns in the class). A college friend was a bluff Mancunian called Jed. After he qualified as a doctor, he decided Jerry (he is actually Gerald) sounded better. My grandfather (Gran's husband, George John) was George to all except his sister, who always called him John.
As we say we say in Yorkshire "All the world's a little strange, except for thee and me, and ah have me doubts about thee".


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From: Alice
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 08:56 PM

I was named after my aunt Alice Flynn who was named after my great aunt Alice Flynn who was named after an Alice Flynn before her... on back in time.


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From: JennieG
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 07:50 PM

My first name, Jennifer, is because my parents liked it; my middle name, Grace, is after a cousin of my mother's who died young. Her full name was Dorothy Grace Kidd - I should be thankful that they didn't go for Jennifer Dorothy, it's a bit of a mouthful.

A few years when doing a geneaology course, we were told about the naming of children in Scottish tradition; it seems they used the same system as pattern-maker mentions.

Cheers
JennieG


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From: bassen
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 07:35 PM

I was named after my father and both my grandfathers. My maternal grandfather was named Olav Johan and my paternal grandfather was named Peter Benjamin Johan, so giving me Johan as a middle name was a way to satisfy both sides of the family. My paternal grandfather was named for three older brothers who died in a fever before he was born.

My father's name Sverre is the name of a medieval king of Norway, a common enough name in Norway, NOT what you wanted to be called in LA in the 1950s...I decided that being called Swear or JOE-han was not cool, so I went by the name John. My family still calls me that even though we now all live in Norway.

Bassen
which was my first nickname


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From: Deckman
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 07:10 PM

I come from a very strong Finnish heritage, on my Father's side. This is a culture that is NOT to be messed with. At a very early age, my Father decided to stay within the culture. And yes, he had a choice.

I am named for his Father, "Roope", which translates to "Robert" in American. I grew up with several knicknames: Robby, Bobby, Bob, Little Shit, Asshole, SOB, ... any of these sound familiar?

My Grandfather died as I was born. I sense his presence today.

My older brother, who is equal with me in keeping the family heritage and strength, teaches me every day the meaning of "sisu". Mina Raakistaan Sinua! Bob(deckman)Nelson


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From: Kaleea
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 06:49 PM

About 15 years back, my mother quite seriously told me that I should have my name legally changed to "Sharon Rose," (Biblical reference) to which I replied, "huh?!" It seems that my mother had my name all picked out, but my dominating paternal grandparents insisted that I be named after a long deceased great aunt, as their generation of Choctaw (& most any other tribes) were not allowed to name children "indian" names. Daddy said he & Grandad loved this aunt very much, so when the nurse handed him the papers to take to my mother to name me, he just wrote what he wanted without telling my mother.
I was shocked at this story, but probably not as shocked as my mother when she found out what Daddy had done. I told my mother that I thought it was a bit too late to change my name, and that everyone would continue to call me by my birth name even if I tried, which I did not want to do.


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From: Helen
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 06:14 PM

My older sister Anne was given our maternal grandmother's second name, and my mother's name, Gwyneth, as her second name, and then my sister named her daughter with a first name which is a combination of our maternal grandmother's first two names (i.e Sarah & Ann - with no 'e' on the end) and then Mum's name as her second name.

So when I was born my father's side of the family was the inspiration. The given names of my father's father were Albert Henry Victor but he was known as Harry. My grandmother's name was Henrietta and my father's second name is Henry - which he hates - so I escaped the fate of being called Henrietta and became Helen instead, to keep up the 'H' tradition. My father's maternal grandmother was Frances and her father was Francis, and the name was used a lot in her family so my second name is Frances. Helen means light and Frances means free, so a nice legacy.

I just found out at a family party that my great grandmother Frances was a midwife and was the first woman in our region to get a driver's licence.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Amergin
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 06:10 PM

I was so named as I am a gift from god....however little did my mother know that I was to become god's gift to womankind...


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From: Wesley S
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:58 PM

I would have asked Jerry Garcia "how does someone missing a finger end up being such a good banjo player". I never have figured that one out.


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From: RangerSteve
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:42 PM

My great-grandfather was Stephen Scott, and my grandmother's last request to my Mom was to name me after him. Since my father's family came from Mexico, people always ask how I got "Scott" as a middle name. The idea of a woman with Scottish background and a man with Mexican backgound marrying is totally inconceivable to some people, although it's been done thousands of times before. And the people who are puzzled by this are usually of mixed heritage themselves. Some people are just stupid, I guess. The other annoying and stupid question I get is "How does someone named Garcia end up playing banjo"? I bet no one ever asked Jerry that question.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:40 PM

frogprince, my brother's name is "Delton!" He was named after our maternal grandmother's brother. Do you have any info on the origins of it? His middle name, Lorenzo, is a family one passed down in my dad's family, so he went by Delton and is mostly known as "Del." I've never *met* another Delton. Have seen one or two on google, but no one we know.

I wasn't named after anyone. My mom told me they were thinking of "Deborah Sue." I'm really glad I didn't get that one!

katwhoisKathleen


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From: Gulliver
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:16 PM

I was named after a horse called Little Don. My father put a bet on this horse and won enough money to pay for my parents' wedding, and I was to be called Don.

However, when the official came to my mother to register me, she was out cold, and when he returned my mother had left the hospital, so I don't have any "official" first name, just a "--".

To confuse matters, when my aunt brought me to the church to be baptized, the priest (like in Gnu's case above) cried: "There's no Saint Don, I'll christen him John Francis". My parents never recognized "John" on the baptismal cert, and I've always gone by the name of Don.


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From: Becca72
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:07 PM

My middle name, Ellen, is shared with my mother's favorite cousin (in law). I'm not sure where they came up with Rebecca, but mum always told me that my father named me after his old girlfriend....she lied a lot, though...


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From: skipy
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 04:37 PM

My Indian name is :-
prances with gloves, I think I was named after Kevin Costner!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 04:27 PM

I was born after several billion other people since the beginning and so I would say yes, I was named after a lot of other people had been named.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: frogprince
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 03:53 PM

I was named after "anyone", but I'm not sure just who. My father was named after his uncle, and was always uncomfortable with the fact; it's far too late to ask him why. He insisted on a name for me that was distinct from anything in the family. My parents looked through a newspaper listing of recent draftees, and he found and liked the name "Delton". If you google that, you'll find a number of places and a very few people.
By about the halfway point in my life (so far), I was getting really tired of telling people my name, and having at least 80% of them mis-remember it, so I shifted to use of my middle name when I went into a new setting. I've found it a marked relief to have most people get my name right.
A couple of years ago, the local paper reported the death of an unrelated "Delton" in the next village down the road. He was a veteran, of about the right age. The odds may be a little long, but nowhere near as long as if he had been named Jim.

                      Signed, Dean


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From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 03:25 PM

My middle name is Mary after my Grandmother and I have followed that idea through my own kids so that they are also all named after a grandparent as their middle name. The one exception is my eldest son who is named Alexander Robert Thomas after my father, his paternal grandfather and my maternal grandfatherin that order. We can't have any more children now as we've run out of names.


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From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 03:17 PM

I was called Alan.

This was a compromise. My father wanted to called me Alec - after Alec Bedser - the cricketer.

my mother said no - people will always call him 'smart alec'.

given my general level of academic incompetence - I think her fears were groundless.


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From: Raedwulf
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 03:09 PM

During this operation my infant brother sprinkled his great grandmother in the way that little boys do.

Objection! I never did this!! OK, my great-gran never actually met me. But she knew about me, even if she did die just 2 months after I was born. I never widdled over her (it wasn't my fault, I tell you...). So there!

And, Liz, as another Michael, can I just say I'm glad Rap got there first :p ("like unto god" is the standard translation that I know, & Robert Graves asserts that that's merely a masculine version of Michal, a pre-hebraic name for one incarnation of the Triple Goddess).

I'm Michael because it was one of my mother's favourite boys names (she had a doll she named Michael, her sister named her's John, so there but for the Grace of...). My middle name (whence my nom de plume/guerre here) is from my maternal grandfather.

The full translation of my name is the "godlike cunning son of the mighty army". Work that one out if you can!


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 03:02 PM

I'm not named after anyone, but when I was born, my father was away at sea as he was in the Navy. The whole of the crew of the HMS Cheviot seriously discussed what I should be called and came up with Lynne Christine.

Ted's middle name is Ansley. His Watson family came from the village of Ansley in Warwickshire and his Great grandfather named his son, Ted's grandfather, Ernest Ansley. Ernest gave all four of his children, boys and girls, the middle name Ansley, and all Ted's generation have it too. In our kids' generation, there are only two who don't have it at all. Both Shady and Richard have it as their third names.

Richard's second name is David since both his godfathers are called David. Shady, is her second name and that is after her great great great grandmother. I've liked the name since I discovered that ancestress, and wanted to call a daughter that. The reason she got Sarah as a first name and Shady as second is because my Dad, who had only grandsons, wanted a grandaughter named Sarah.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Ebbie
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:39 PM

Kendall, that's amazing. Unless your neiaghbor was my great aunt? Not likely, though, Aunt Civilla and Uncle Sam were both born in Indiana and grew up in Oregon.

Uncle Sam, by the way, was brother to my mother's mother. It is a tangled web.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:32 PM

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.

Claire


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: North/South Annie
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:15 PM

I was named after some opera singer 'Anna Maria Albergerti'but it was slightly changed to Anne Marie. I now get called various things, amongst them Anne, Annie, and AnneMarie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:14 PM

Patricia cos my Dad liked Patsy Anne Noble. Elizabeth because of my fathers aunt who was called aunt skins, Frances after my mothers aunt who was known as auntie gertie..............I don't understand it at all.

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mooh
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:10 PM

Michael for Saint Michael, Bruce for Robert The Bruce (a very distant relation) and the county, Knucklehead for a strong and proud tradition...

Named myself Mooh, but that's an older thread.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 01:41 PM

Kevin Barry for my first name, and William, for my father, as the second


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