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Thread #96374   Message #4005922
Posted By: leeneia
26-Aug-19 - 12:55 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: significance of huckleberries
Subject: RE: Folklore: significance of huckleberries
In the novel "Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry Finn was a boy of fourteen. (Was that in the book, or is that folklore?) His father was a drunk, and there is no mention of his mother. He's being fostered by Aunt Polly, and doesn't like it. I have always felt that he was named Huckleberry as an attempt by impoverished, ignorant parents to give their child an impressive name. It has four syllables, after all.

Sort of like naming your son Montgromery, Gouverneur or Heatherington.

If the phrase "huckleberry friend" is truly an old one and not just something inspired by Moon River, then perhaps his parents wanted the name to imply "good friend." "Friend" and "Finn" are rather alike.