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Author Topic: Victorian names which ought to be revived.  (Read 61756 times)
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« Reply #200 on: June 05, 2008, 05:35:19 am »

Not quite as stylish as the other names in this thread is my middle Name: Edward.
Together with a fantasy characters last name, it gives quite a nice steampunkish name i think. Edward H. Jenkins. That's why i choose it to be my steampunk name. I like the sound of it  Cool

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« Reply #201 on: June 05, 2008, 05:48:44 am »

I am highly amused  Grin
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« Reply #202 on: June 05, 2008, 06:26:19 am »

I like the name Rupert, I'm actually going by that name through my time in college.  It sounds more anacronistic than Rob, Robbie, Bob, Bobbie, or, heaven forbid, my real given name!  (Besides, I just discovered that there's another freshman enrolling this coming year who shares both my first and last name!!  I must set myself apart!)
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« Reply #203 on: June 05, 2008, 12:25:06 pm »

Edward Woodward. It's an interesting name: sounds like a fart in the bath Grin.
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« Reply #204 on: June 06, 2008, 03:18:02 am »

I'm afraid I don't get the Edward Woodward joke...
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« Reply #205 on: June 06, 2008, 04:44:26 am »

I suspect you must say it out loud, with a thick British accent (Eton? North Midlands? Northish, I think, anyway).
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« Reply #206 on: June 06, 2008, 12:00:58 pm »

Just say it very quickly. And it wasn't me who said it, in any case. It was an actor called Sir John Gielgud, I believe. You may remember Mr Woodward as the man who played Tom Weaver in 2007's Hot Fuzz.
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« Reply #207 on: June 06, 2008, 11:48:51 pm »

And the older members may remember him as The Equaliser, and the policeman in the original Wickerman
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« Reply #208 on: June 07, 2008, 12:10:46 am »

...A classmate of mine has it for a middle name. She claims it was either her grandmother's or great-grandmother's.

It seems a lot of these names survive as middle names.

Most of these sound fairly normal to me...names in my family include such gems as Mortimer and Cornelius...my own isn't bad either in this vein (though I'll respectfully apologize for not posting it  Cheesy ).  And these people are still among the living, not that old either.  No, no one in the family is trying to be steampunk (though as my hundred-year-old granny enters the Digital Age, she comes close with no effort), except maybe one cousin of mine.  They've just got the names for it.
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« Reply #209 on: August 01, 2008, 01:47:03 am »

I am all for any name that involves a lot of spitting  -- in fact, I shall stand behind you.
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« Reply #210 on: August 01, 2008, 07:54:48 am »

And the older members may remember him as The Equaliser, and the policeman in the original Wickerman
And the Really old amongst us remember him as Callan.
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« Reply #211 on: August 01, 2008, 11:10:50 pm »

Good grief - Callan had completely slipped my mind (not that I was even around for all but the last two years of the series).

Wasn't there similar thoughts that The Equaliser was Callan, in the same way that The Prisoner was John Drake (Danger Man)?
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« Reply #212 on: August 01, 2008, 11:23:36 pm »

Good grief - Callan had completely slipped my mind (not that I was even around for all but the last two years of the series).

Wasn't there similar thoughts that The Equaliser was Callan, in the same way that The Prisoner was John Drake (Danger Man)?
There has indeed been speculation to that effect. It is actually very ambiguous. If one chose to interpret The Equaliser as a sequel it does lend itself to that interpretation. Conversely if one were to interpret it as unconnected to the previous programme, again the evidence supports the hypothesis.
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« Reply #213 on: August 02, 2008, 01:33:33 am »

My name is Thomas William Taylor the Third
and i intend to name my first Son Thomas William Taylor the fourth calling him Q for short (quad)

And Dante Byron would be a fantastic name as well
and if  you read colfer (whose first name is Eoin, thats unique) , Artemis is a cool name

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« Reply #214 on: August 02, 2008, 02:07:37 am »


Theophilus

as in Theophilus Shepstone [imperial despoilerof Africa?]

I also like my Great Aunts long departed brother

Ralph,  pronounced Rarf, not Raif apparently.
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« Reply #215 on: August 02, 2008, 02:45:12 am »


Theophilus

as in Theophilus Shepstone [imperial despoilerof Africa?]

I also like my Great Aunts long departed brother

Ralph,  pronounced Rarf, not Raif apparently.

Theophilus! Hurrah.

Which immediately reminds my of my personal favorite (for a variety of reasons):  Thelonious
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« Reply #216 on: January 15, 2009, 07:29:34 am »

I must get this out of my brain before it eats a hole in it, a name;

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« Reply #217 on: January 15, 2009, 08:51:33 am »


Theophilus

as in Theophilus Shepstone [imperial despoilerof Africa?]

I also like my Great Aunts long departed brother

Ralph,  pronounced Rarf, not Raif apparently.
Theophilus! Hurrah.

Which immediately reminds my of my personal favorite (for a variety of reasons):  Thelonious
I, being a Trekkie, recognise that one. Howabout "Tiberius," though? Did I miss someone giving it?

I do like "Phineas," and had a character named "Desdemona" once. Shakespearean names rarely go wrong. "Ophelia," anyone?

In reality, my husband and I are considering reproduction at some point, and are planning "Victor" for a boy and "Agatha" for a girl. I'm hoping for a "Zelpha" in there somewhere. It's a family name, and I think it's the most perfect Steampunkish name in the world.
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« Reply #218 on: January 16, 2009, 07:29:38 pm »

Looking through the top 500 of the US Social Security Census in 1880 and 1900, I'm struck by how many of these names are in the upswing again, or never really went out of style to begin with.  Notable examples being Susie/Susan from the 1880s list (both my mother's name, and the name of a 2 month-old child I have in my storytimes) or Amanda, which is fairly common in my generation (late 20s) and is near the top of the 1900s list.

I'm also highly amused by such names as Pinkie, Dollie, and Birdie: makes me feel less bad for all the Barbies or Tawnys, Gigis or what-have-yous out there - embarrassing child-girl names have been around for a long time.
The other shocks are the really un-PC names (for the US, now anyway) like Mayme or Mamsie. 

My favorite name so far is Sophronia, shortened to Phronsie, because I remember it from a book I read as a child - the Five Little Peppers.  I don't recall any other names other than Polly and Benji (I think short for Benjamin) but I do remember them being nice names.

And as far as wanting 'whole' names, not nicknames, the 1800 list at least has TONS (metric) of given names that we would consider nicknames - Nellie, Polly, Effie, Jennie - even Lizzie! (in many many permutations.  I'm another Liz/Lizzie/Lisbeth but not 'Elizabeth' lover.)

The website I'm on is  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi which someone linked to earlier, but it's so much fun to scroll through!  I'm an onomastophile (isn't that a cool word!) - I love studying and learning about names.  It's one of those weird things.

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« Reply #219 on: January 16, 2009, 07:37:17 pm »

ps - also the Spastic Onomastic blog and related links are quite nice, and often (as now - which is why it counts as Steampunk!) has relevant historic naming adventures.  Currently the story of an unfortunate girl in 1882.  The proud father, Mr Hogg, in honor of his own father's poetic attempts (featuring heroines named Ima and Leila) chose... poorly.  It's an interesting story, and has the benefits of being (at least as far as can be determined) true!

Apologies in advance for my non-linking technical failure.   Embarrassed

http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/blog.html


 
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« Reply #220 on: January 16, 2009, 08:53:39 pm »

my grans name was Hilda and her middle name which has become one of mine is Louisa, which i adore.
Ill have to try and find out the names of her 10 sisters....yep 10...and one brother.
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« Reply #221 on: January 16, 2009, 09:39:58 pm »

Anyone naming a child Ophelia must make absolutely sure that she can swim.

Some of my favourites would have to be
Male: Anything with the Aethel- or Ed- prefix (Aethelwald, Edwin), Robert, Stephen, Franklin, Lauren, Agamemnon, Rupric, Ketterie, Fares, Greenthorn
Female: Ealdgyth, Eadhyth, Miranda, Laudanda, Desiree, Beatrix, Felicity, Swaantje, Mareike, Aleydis, Isobel, Levity, Alana, Zipporah, Marian

(Mostly taken from the back of my family Bible)
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« Reply #222 on: January 16, 2009, 09:40:27 pm »

I would like to nominate two good Victorian names:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Capability Brown.

On the fictional side, Crawford Tillinghast needs a mention, I think.
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« Reply #223 on: January 17, 2009, 12:50:55 am »

Miss Holmes, I'm not sure your're son Lauren would appreciate that name.
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« Reply #224 on: January 17, 2009, 01:40:11 am »

It was originally a male name, and I do have a distant cousin (male) who was either blessed or cursed with it.
And besides, it is a parent's prerogative to bestow potentially humiliating names upon his or her children.  Grin
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