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Author Topic: Victorian names which ought to be revived.  (Read 61766 times)
Professor Lidenbrock
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« on: August 09, 2007, 02:36:51 pm »

This thread has been inspired by discussions taking place on the OMG Wow! Thread.
These are all Genuine Victorian-era Forenames:Abishag,Feather,Brained,Lettuce,Ham,Uz,Clapham,Despair,Tram,Water,Energetic,Murder & Wonderful.
Perhaps if any of you good People are planning on extending your family,you might like to consider a name from the above list?
Conversely you might not.
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007, 02:42:46 pm »

Oh my, what delightfully strange names! If I ever planned on having children (which I don't), it would be Despair for a girl, and Tram for a boy. Perhaps I will content myself by obtaining a chameleon and naming it Abishag...
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007, 02:47:33 pm »


     If your last name was Sandwich, would you name your children Lettuce & Ham?

     Vienna
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007, 02:50:45 pm »

Personally,I feel Lettuce would be a good Forename for someone whose Surname was Pray :-)
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007, 02:52:13 pm »

Definite shades of the Lancre area in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - where people have names such as Total Biscuit and Yodel Lightley, and one unfortunate girl was named Chlamydia...

Now, naming my cat (if I had one) Tram, that does appeal - tram enthusiast here!
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007, 04:40:16 pm »

Personally,I feel Lettuce would be a good Forename for someone whose Surname was Pray :-)
Funny, my mentor always called me "Lettuce Flea" when his town square demonstrations exploded.
It was always, "Come, Lettuce Flea! Back to the lab!"
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2007, 06:45:05 pm »

What about the name Ambrosius?
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007, 06:55:49 pm »

I'm a fan of the name Clytemnestra...
I may kidnap an orphan and rename it...
(N.B. I would like to make it plain that I have absolutly no intention of kidnapping a child and renaming it... just in case any tabloid journo is reading this...)
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2007, 07:19:39 pm »

...Allowishus Devondander Abercrombie... Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007, 07:30:33 pm »

Oh my, I just adore victorian names!
If I ever have children, they shall be blessed (and cursed) with very strange names.
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007, 07:39:40 pm »

My dear outa spaceman,there is no need to put yourself to the trouble of abducting a whining brat unfortunate child.
Surely Clytemnestra would be the perfect name for a houseplant,in the style of that perfectly splendid chapess Morticia Adams.
An Aspidistra perhaps?
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2007, 09:47:37 pm »

Hmm.. Eustis, Alluicious, Barnaby, Fenton, Horatio or Loquacious are good names for a guttersnipe saved from the dustbin. I'd head the route of Esteban, Nuncio (I have a cousin by that name), Octavio, or maybe even Devante; or if a girl go with Gitana, Matia, Tulia, Ines or Esmeralda.

I do dislike the lack of diacritics for use on the forum. I'd have so much fun putting in the Slavic names I find appealing that have been recycled over and over again.
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2007, 10:07:43 pm »

Seconding Horatio, & adding Phineas, Ambrose, Thaddeus, and Harrison. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2007, 11:08:31 pm »

While not particularly Victorian, I am fond of the name Serafina for a girl. I've known girls named Erandi, Twyla, and Griselle.
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2007, 01:55:58 am »


[/quote]
Seconding Horatio, & adding Phineas, Ambrose, Thaddeus, and Harrison. Smiley

Here here! I have a classmate with the name Ambrose. Nice fellow, a bit unable to control his tongue...

Personally I like the name Octavius.
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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2007, 02:27:52 am »

Chauncey, Leslie (which used to be a masculine name), and Thaddeus.
I also had two very dear stuffed cats named Buford and Eustace as a child.

For female names, I've always been partial to Mathilde and Zylphia.
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2007, 03:02:04 am »

It is my (untutored) understanding that names like "Despair" and "Illness" (I cannot remember the Arabic translations) are much-used in some Arabic-speaking desert-regions of North Africa ( "The Maghreb", specifically), because many other common names, such as "Akhbar" ( "Great") are considered to be parental-hubris, and therefore unlucky/blasphemous.

I could easily see this practice spreading out in a more Steampunk Universe, with faster communication and cultural exposure.

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2007, 04:41:41 am »

Even if you do name a child with an outrages name they can be changed in this day and age.. though they have to wait till they are legally old enough to do it themselves... I think if I had had the chance to I would have picked something more interesting than my name, hell there are so many others with the same name that I was called by my last name at school rather than my first!
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2007, 06:26:45 am »

For one of my failed NaNoWriMo attempts I named a couple of characters thusly:
Viridian Porter, a young lady quite skilled at "lifeshaping", and,
Jason Alter Wright, an adventuring engineer (and a cyborg).

Hmm, maybe I should haul out that particular manuscript and give it another wack.


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« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2007, 02:05:12 pm »

I have some friends who, when they married, both changed their last name to "Marvelous" - which is kind of off-topic, but brilliant nonetheless.
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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2007, 05:16:10 pm »

A list of victorian names: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~poindexterfamily/OldNames.html
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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2007, 05:21:18 pm »

I have some friends who, when they married, both changed their last name to "Marvelous" - which is kind of off-topic, but brilliant nonetheless.

Brilliant indeed!

My boyfriend's aunt married a gentleman with the surname of Pickles, but they both changed their names to Brock when they were wed. A pity they weren't more adventurous!
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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2007, 07:52:15 pm »

Merciful Buddha! I looked at the list of names and I remember a gent in my HS days in Indiana that was named Zebulon. I completely forgot about that until reading that list because he was just referred to as Zeb.
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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2007, 08:28:12 pm »



     There is also Zebediah. 

     Vienna
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2007, 09:13:26 pm »

Naming children can be tough. You want a name that is different yet not so odd sounding that they will get made fun of.

I can't tell you how many Briana's, McKenzie, McKenna, etc my little girl goes to school with. However we picked a fairly unusual yet common sounding name "Treanna". She has never been made fun of because it is so similar to all the other girls yet at the same time it is unusual enough that people almost always comment about how pretty it is.

For our son we picked a more European name (Actually we often just tell people our children have European names and leave it at that. Most people really don't know better around here.) that is even historic. Alaric. Sounds normal enough and anyone who has read history might know of the name. However it is unusual but he is rather proud of his name (for now) and corrects people frequently on exactly "how" to pronounce it.

Then again with our again normal sounding surname that nonetheless is unusual we needed names that would balance it out. We think we did a rather good job and we don't tend to get those "What were you thinking" stares from other parents.

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