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BS: Were you named after anyone?

Mrrzy 11 Dec 07 - 09:24 PM
goatfell 11 Dec 07 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Seiri Omaar 10 Dec 07 - 11:18 PM
McGrath of Harlow 10 Dec 07 - 06:41 PM
RoyH (Burl) 10 Dec 07 - 04:58 PM
GUEST,Neil D 10 Dec 07 - 02:30 PM
Irish sergeant 09 Dec 07 - 04:26 PM
The Sandman 08 Dec 07 - 05:54 PM
Mrrzy 08 Dec 07 - 03:58 PM
McGrath of Harlow 07 Dec 07 - 08:45 PM
Irish sergeant 07 Dec 07 - 05:39 PM
Mr Happy 07 Dec 07 - 07:35 AM
Janie 07 Dec 07 - 12:50 AM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 06 Dec 07 - 01:13 PM
Big Al Whittle 06 Dec 07 - 04:09 AM
Gurney 06 Dec 07 - 01:37 AM
Rapparee 05 Dec 07 - 09:19 PM
Mark Ross 04 Dec 07 - 09:40 PM
Gurney 04 Dec 07 - 09:21 PM
Alice 04 Dec 07 - 07:47 PM
HuwG 12 Jun 07 - 06:20 AM
Joe_F 11 Jun 07 - 10:07 PM
Catherine Jayne 11 Jun 07 - 03:01 PM
GUEST,jOhn 11 Jun 07 - 02:26 PM
Wolfgang 11 Jun 07 - 12:13 PM
Teribus 11 Jun 07 - 11:15 AM
Teribus 11 Jun 07 - 11:02 AM
GUEST,Mrrzy - where's my cookie? 11 Jun 07 - 10:52 AM
skipy 11 Jun 07 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,Steve Cockayne 11 Jun 07 - 08:50 AM
Desert Dancer 21 Feb 07 - 10:02 PM
The Walrus 21 Feb 07 - 09:04 PM
katlaughing 21 Feb 07 - 03:59 PM
The Villan 21 Feb 07 - 03:12 PM
Mr Red 21 Feb 07 - 07:53 AM
bassen 21 Feb 07 - 05:39 AM
guitar 21 Feb 07 - 05:09 AM
autolycus 21 Feb 07 - 03:28 AM
SharonA 20 Feb 07 - 09:38 PM
dianavan 20 Feb 07 - 02:10 AM
Scrump 19 Feb 07 - 11:14 AM
Rowan 18 Feb 07 - 10:26 PM
number 6 18 Feb 07 - 08:52 PM
GUEST, heric 18 Feb 07 - 08:51 PM
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GUEST,Dani 18 Feb 07 - 07:58 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Dec 07 - 09:24 PM

Should look to see if I've already posted before I post... again...


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: goatfell
Date: 11 Dec 07 - 11:09 AM

My Sisters Margaret, Jean Joanne my Brothers John and Jim and myself were all named after someone in our family, Magaret was named after my Aunt Margaret, Jean was named after my Aunt Jean, Joanne was named after my Grandfather and Grand Mother John and Anne, they took the letters Jo from John and the name Anne and stuck them together, John named after my grandfather John Jim named after our father James and I'm named after my uncle Tom.

Tom (not Thomas)


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From: GUEST,Seiri Omaar
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 11:18 PM

Florian is also the name of a silly hare who leads an acting troupe in onr of Brian Jacques' Redwall books. I rather like it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 06:41 PM

Not such a rare name as that, though for a girl it would be. There's a Prince Florian in a Philip Pullman book, Clockwork, or All Wound Up. Saint Florian is the patron saint of Poland, chimney sweeps and firefighters.


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From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 04:58 PM

I once knew a young woman named Florian. I commented on her unusual name and she explained it thus - Her father had been a fighter pilot in WW2 and haad as his crew two Polish airmen. They all became such great colleagues that her father declared that when he had children he would name them after these two men. However, his two children turned out to be girls. Nothing fazed, he still named them after his Polish comrades, Florian, and Marion.


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From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 10 Dec 07 - 02:30 PM

I was intentionally NOT named after anyone else. Mother wanted me to have a unique name and she didn't know of anyone named Neil at the time. After Mr. Armstrong landed on the moon she was afraid that suddenly there would be a trend of parents naming children Neil but I don't think that actually happened. I still seldom ever run into another with my given name.


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From: Irish sergeant
Date: 09 Dec 07 - 04:26 PM

The whole French Republic? I'm impressed. Neil


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From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Dec 07 - 05:54 PM

My Christian names are Richard Josef,richard is a family name but I was named Josef after ...Stalin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Dec 07 - 03:58 PM

The French Republic!


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From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Dec 07 - 08:45 PM

I was named after John Wayne, All-American Hero

I imagine it might have been quite hard at school at times, being called Marion, Rapaire...


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 07 Dec 07 - 05:39 PM

I'm named after my great grandfather on my father's side Neil Kenough MacMillan. Neil


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Dec 07 - 07:35 AM

I was named after all the people named before me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Janie
Date: 07 Dec 07 - 12:50 AM

Not that I know of. Unless it was the shoe.

Mary Jane


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From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 06 Dec 07 - 01:13 PM

I was named after a character in a series of children's books.


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From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Dec 07 - 04:09 AM

My father wanted to call m Alec, after Alec bedser - a famous cricketer. My mother disagreed, she said everyone would call me 'Smart Alec'. 'Alan' was the compromise.

PS Thats a lovely story SharonA!


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From: Gurney
Date: 06 Dec 07 - 01:37 AM

My dad and I have the same initials, and that caused some abrupt words about opening each others letters when I lived at home. Rapaire's family must have had lots of moments like that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 09:19 PM

I was named after John Wayne, All-American Hero. Or maybe Knute Rockne. One or the other.

Now my middle name is my one brother's first name and another brother's second middle name. My second middle name is the same as one brother's middle name and the second middle name of the other. One brother's oldest son has as his first name my middle name and his brother's middle name is the same as my first name. Another brother's youngest son has the same first name as the other brother. My sister has the same middle name I do, only feminized. One brother's oldest son has a first name which is the same as my second middle name.

There are no "juniors" in our family.

I can make this worse, if you want to do the logic of it all....


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 09:40 PM

I was named after a hairlipped dog.


Mark Ross


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From: Gurney
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 09:21 PM

Saint Christopher.


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From: Alice
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 07:47 PM

I was named after my aunt Alice who was named after her aunt Alice who was named after her aunt Alice...


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: HuwG
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 06:20 AM

I presume fictional characters count.

Apparently, my Geordie father and Welsh mother had quite a tussle over my names before I was born. They agreed on what the names were to be, but not which way round. My mother, who had been deeply affected by the book "How green was my Valley", won the coin toss. Thus, my first name is Huw, after Huw Morgan, the central character of the book. My father gave me the middle name "Lindsay" (his own first name and that of my paternal grandfather) as a consolation prize.

(My mother also won the battle over the name of the family dog, a retriever bitch who became "Bronwen", or "Bron" for short.)

I don't think either had quite foreseen the future course of events. At the age of five, I found myself in the middle of Yorkshire with a set of forenames which infant school teachers insisted were a combination of a misspelling and an impossibility as it was a girl's name. (These were the same narrow-minded conformists who insisted that Kishor Solanki put down his Christian names on various forms.)

I suspect that my mother's insistence gave me my predominantly Welsh outlook and accent. When I was briefly engaged in my late twenties, my Welsh fiancee and I discussed what names we were to give any fruit of our union. We decided that we would take great pleasure in giving them names unpronounceable by English schoolmarms, both the traditionalist and PC variety. The first arrival would be "Dafydd" if a boy and "Meillin" if a girl.

Oddly, in spite of everyone's insistence that "Hugh" is the correct spelling, I have not met one single "Hugh" in my lifetime, though about twenty "Huws". (To be fair, I went to University in Wales, and spend much time with my mother's relations in Wales; but nevertheless, the correct spelling from that sample is the Welsh version, nem. con.)

As for my middle name, would anyone care to tell the Earl of Crawford that he is a girl ? Apparently, "Lindsay" is, or was, quite popular as a boy's name in Geordieland (the counties of Northumberland and Durham), as well as in parts of Scotland.

I refuse to give my last name here. That's too embarassing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:07 PM

My mother's mother's full name was Magdalena Carolina Wilhelmina Augusta Opperman Hughes. There must be a song in that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 03:01 PM

I wasn't named after anyone but Paul and I named our son after our maternal grandfathers....he has their middle name which is Walter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,jOhn
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 02:26 PM

I was named after my uncle Albert's favourite ferret.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 12:13 PM

As I know now since two weeks, I was named after a German war criminal.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Teribus
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 11:15 AM

Similar sort of thing to Ole, Ole, Ole and Ivar except involving a single mother in Glasgow who -

Goes tae the social tae register fur child benefit.
"How many children?" asks the civil servant.
"10" replies the girl.
"10???" says the civil servant. "What are their names?"
"Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec, Alec
and.....eh...Alec
"Doesn't that get confusing?"
"Naw..." says the girl "its great because if thur oot playin in the street, ah jist huv tae shout ALEC, YER DINNER'S READY or ALEC, GO TO BED NOW 'n' they aw dae it..."
"What if you want to speak to one individually?" says the perturbed civil servant.
"'at's easy," says the girl... "Ah just use thur surnames"


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Teribus
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 11:02 AM

Maternal Granfather - 100 Up!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,Mrrzy - where's my cookie?
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 10:52 AM

I was named for the French Republic; my parents met in Paris.

My kids were very carefully named - twins, with the first names from their father's side (both from both parents' sides) and middle names from their mother's side (one from that mom's, one from that dad's families), and one last name each.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: skipy
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 09:54 AM

I was named after countless millions of people & millions more have been named after it was my turn.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,Steve Cockayne
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 08:50 AM

Bernard,
Bernard Fitch (DFC & bar) is my Uncle and Mothers Brother.
I am glad his crew thought so highly of him to name a son after him.
Tail gunners were usually the first to get it if a fighter clocked a Lanc in its sights. Your father was fortunate to have him as am I. He would have suffered the delighhts of a corkscrew if you Dad saw a fighter. Ask him what it was like, as Bernard would have been steering!
Great men both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 10:02 PM

The story always went that I was named after my mother's favorite dog, the one she had in late high school, when my parents met. A Boston terrier.

I'm Becky and not Rebecca, but it's probably significant that my mother's mother (who died before I was born) and her grandmother and her favorite cousin were all Rebeccas, although only her cousin went by Becky.

My sister Jody was named after the main character in The Yearling (who happened to be a boy), which my mother read during pregnancy.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: The Walrus
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 09:04 PM

I was named for my Mother's Brother who had died not too long before, but they reversed the names to Alfred Thomas because of something to do with the initials (preferring ATM to TAM). Incedentally, despite the order, I've always been 'Tom'
I'm just glad that I wasn't named after my Mother's eldest brother (who died as a child) - I could cope with Jack as a name, but I might have had a real problem with Vierstraat.

Tom (Walrus)


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:59 PM

bassen, if i remember correctly, George Forman did that...named all of his kids "George." Yep, here ya go: He has named all 5 sons George Edward Foreman, because he "wants them to know who their father is". He has named one of his daughters Georgetta.


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From: The Villan
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:12 PM

Yes My Dad


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From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 07:53 AM

I was named after my mother looked up in the sky.

On the beach at West-super-Myre (when the tide goes out, the mud comes in)

There were a few clouds, and a bi-plane was giving pleasure trips.

Aunt May (not an aunt and May was not her real name but... ) was sitting with my mother and I was sitting with her also (internally).

My name is total invention. Mother probably wanted an extrovert - I am working on it, OK?

link fixed
el joe clone


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: bassen
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 05:39 AM

For lack of imagination in giving names it's hard to beat four brothers in this part of Norway who were named Ole, Ole, Ole and ... Ivar. The story has it that the mother refused to name her fourth son Ole, even though that was what her husband wanted to name him. In daily parlance they called themselves Big Ole, Little Ole and Olaus (the latin form for Ole).   Considering the fact that Ole is historically THE most common name in Norway, this guy really was not exerting himself when it came to names.


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From: guitar
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 05:09 AM

i was named after my uncle Tom, the only one who wasn't named after a family member is my sister Margaret who was named after our Aunt Margaret from Glasgow, the rest was named after my members of family from Saltcoats.

Tom
not thomas or tommy, but Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: autolycus
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:28 AM

Flash Company's story was interesting as, in Judaism,you are expected to name children after recently-deceased relatives.

   So I was named Ivor after a great-grandparent Isaac (which is my Hebrew name), and there are Ivans and so on also named after him.

   When I reply I'm called 'Ivor',people usually say,"That's an unusual name", and I occasionally think they're thinking,"You don't look Welsh. My older brother and younger sister both have middle names,and I don't,and IIIIII'm not bitter.






       Ivor


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: SharonA
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 09:38 PM

I was named after a Mouseketeer.

True story.

My older brother was 4 at the time my mother was pregnant (late 1955 into early 1956), back when the original Mickey Mouse Club was all the rage on television. My parents were real Bible-thumpers and had raised their kids on their religion, so of course my brother went to Sunday School at their church. One day he told his Sunday School teacher excitedly that he was going to have a baby sister named Sharon (after his favorite Mouseketeer, Sharon Baird).

After class, the teacher excitedly congratulated my mother on her pregnancy... which puzzled my mother since neither she nor my father had yet announced the pregnancy to anyone and she hadn't been "showing" as yet. Turns out that my brother had been praying for a baby sister, and had had such innocent faith that he knew he would get one... so why not tell his teacher so?

Of course, when I was born and it was discovered that I was indeed a girl, my parents had no choice but to name me Sharon. They did have a contingency plan in case I was a boy (I would have been named George -- ugh), but it would have crushed my brother's faith, perhaps irrevocably.

As it was, my brother retained his faith to the point that, after attending college and entering the teaching profession, he felt the call to the ministry. After several years of that, he re-entered the teaching field, but he still performs the occasional wedding.

...and I am saddled for life with the legacy that I am the namesake of a Mouseketeer. See ya real soon!

Sharon


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From: dianavan
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 02:10 AM

I know a boy who was named Samacab (seven in Somali) and a man named Tre (three). I started thinking that numbers were pretty good names, especially if was your birth order in the family. Then again, Forty or Fifty are pretty cool names but lets hope that has nothing to do with the order of birth.


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From: Scrump
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 11:14 AM

Aye, my dad were named before I were.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Rowan
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 10:26 PM

My mother was pregnant with me while my father was away in the army (WWII) and had had a bit of a set-to with his family so I was never sure why I ended up with a Scottish name (and Robert Graves, already mentioned above, had a lot to say about "Rowan") as the first of my two Given names; I scored my father's for my second. It was many years later, when I received a letter, apparently addressed to me but really intended for an academic medico I had known about at university, that I found out a possible connection. I rang him up to tell him of this letter and he recalled meeting my mother during her pregnancy. I suspect she liked the sound of it and just went with it while my father was away. My brother and sister (both younger) acquired similarly Scottish names so I guess she just continued the thread. It was only when I was 40 or so that she discovered that some of her ancestry was, in fact, Scottish. Her mother's maiden name was Aston and, apparently, related to the Aston's of Aston Martin; I thought I might inherit a wheelnut or so until I found out the severance had been in the 1930s.

When my wife and I were researching our respective genealogies for suitable names to give our first (well before birth and without interest in gender) we couldn't discern the naming patterns described above but a couple of other aspects were quite striking. Boys' names were extremely conservatively selected (a dozen would cover 90% of the known list) whereas girls' names (for the same period; 1790s to 1940) number in the 4 score or more. In Oz, we don't do the "Fred Nurk, Fred Nurk Jr., Fred Nurk III" routine (as far as I've noticed) and it's rare for someone to be routinely called by their 'full' name. Even when kids are in the parental poo I rarely hear them called by more than their first given name. But yes, it's ALWAYS their birth name and not any diminutive or nickname.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: number 6
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 08:52 PM

Jeeeeesh.

It doesn't matter heric, it really doesn't matter. Believe me.

LOL

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST, heric
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 08:51 PM

Oh c'mon, Bill. Even if William of Orange was gay, which isn't necessarily established, there's nothing wrong with that and nothing to be shy about. You're among friends here, man.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: number 6
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 08:08 PM

I was after someone called William. He was of some importance to my parents, and had in many ways impacted both their lives, but no need to post who he was here, as it really wouldn't matter.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 07:58 PM

Can someone tell me why Blanca is a common Mexican name?!

Dani (curious)


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 06:51 PM

On the subject of daft names...

My daughter takes her two young 'uns to swimming classes, and it seems a family of four children have the names Mercedes, Harley, Aston and Jensen...

Okay, Mercedes is a girls' name, and Mercedes Benz gave her name to the car. Jensen isn't that uncommon for a boy, neither is Harley. But Aston? It's more common as a surname, and apparently means 'East Town'.

Each name in isolation probably wouldn't seem so unusual, but the four together indicates a different reasoning, methinks.

Sometimes parents don't think through what they are doing to their children!


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 06:35 PM

MBSLynne, yes, Americans *do* eat chutney. My neighbor even makes his own. I have no idea why a child would be named that, though. I don't suppose it's much weirder than calling a child 'May' or 'April' or 'Charity' or 'Civilla', or for that matter, Dolores (dolorous), or Victor. When you think about it, names are strange.

I heard from a school teacher of a child whose name was pronounced 'Fee Molly', spelt 'Female'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: Mooh
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 12:48 PM

My grandmother was named Rosetta Lily, but for all of her 99 years was known as Birdie. Few people knew her real name, even friends. I didn't name Rosie The Wonder Dog for her directly, though it figures in there somehow. Rosie was named for a character in Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs..and I just like the name, maybe because my grandmother wasn't known by it.

My older brother got my Dad's name, and I'm glad I didn't as I already answer the "are you related" question a lot.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Were you named after anyone?
From: heric
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 11:32 AM

My story is kind of like that. I was (contrary to my version above) named after my grandfather who had no sons. One Donald MacDonald in a family full of Donald MacDonalds. But he always called himself Dan/Daniel. So that's what I was give. Because according to these people, Daniel and Donald are the same name, and who am I to argue?


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