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Author Topic: Victorian names which ought to be revived.  (Read 61765 times)
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« Reply #250 on: February 18, 2009, 04:41:15 am »

I like the name Anastasia

For sons Cane and Abel  Smiley
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« Reply #251 on: February 18, 2009, 02:55:21 pm »

You didnĀ“t sneak in a middle name of Nor?
No, didn't get Nor in.  But we did give her the middle name of Rose.  So that's something.
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« Reply #252 on: February 18, 2009, 03:25:01 pm »


Richard Yurius Agamemnon Doyle Octavious

I like that name right there....By maybe it's only because it has Agamemnon in it. I tend to like Constantine as well...But I never use it for my characters or anything.
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« Reply #253 on: February 18, 2009, 04:53:52 pm »

For sons Cane and Abel  Smiley

Well, then you should hope it won't end up like the biblical story.

Btw. the names Pandora and Solomon are also nice.
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« Reply #254 on: February 19, 2009, 11:38:19 pm »

The name that repeats itself most on my mother's side is Ester. And since we have over four of them way back somewhere, I can (geeky me..) say poly-ester. Aha. Haha. Hah.
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« Reply #255 on: February 20, 2009, 05:05:13 am »

My grandmother's name was Evelyn, and Evelyn was also my mother's middle name.  My daughter named her baby girl Evelyn Maxine Gabriel.  But they call her Wingy. Cheesy

Isn't Evelyn a boy's name in Britain?
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« Reply #256 on: February 20, 2009, 05:28:46 am »

I love the older names - but extreme care and thought must go into the naming of a child.

Recent study: shows some of the problems with it.  Kids can get away with a "weird" middle name, but something too unusual - even "Algernon" shortened to Al could be problematic, as some teachers insist on reading out the whole first name - and kids can be cruel.  I had an uncommon- "unpopular" in the words of the study - first name, and it did cause problems for me in school.

But for a middle name - Abner, Forrest, Jerusha (g-g-grandmother's name), Zeboim (great-uncle), Ballard, Brainerd - I know two Brainerds... some great names out there.


Chas.

I don't know how much I buy into this because my name is not common among my peers and to me not common = unpopular. I'm a Georgia and all the other Georgia's including a great aunt are about 60-70 yrs older then myself and I'm so straight laced that a college friend of mine nick named me Wonder Bread.
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« Reply #257 on: February 20, 2009, 01:07:14 pm »

An unusual name may make childhood a little odd, but use the right odd name and the adult love-life will be easier. Imagine two males, otherwise equally attractive, but one is named "Dave" and the other "Darius." Who is likely to have the better love-life? Be honest.
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« Reply #258 on: February 21, 2009, 05:37:59 pm »

My grandmother's name was Evelyn, and Evelyn was also my mother's middle name.  My daughter named her baby girl Evelyn Maxine Gabriel.  But they call her Wingy. Cheesy

Isn't Evelyn a boy's name in Britain?
In the U.K. It's a name which may be given to girl or a boy. However it is much much more frequently given to girls.
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« Reply #259 on: February 21, 2009, 11:14:57 pm »

An unusual name may make childhood a little odd, but use the right odd name and the adult love-life will be easier. Imagine two males, otherwise equally attractive, but one is named "Dave" and the other "Darius." Who is likely to have the better love-life? Be honest.

I have to say I agree with you there, Mademoiselle ^_^ 'Dave' just isn't up to standards compared to 'Daruis'. Perhaps that's merely a common trait we steampunks share.
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« Reply #260 on: February 28, 2009, 09:01:17 pm »

Not SP and in no need of revival whatsoever, but a friend had a Uncle
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He may have had an original forename but had been known by a "nickname" that beggared belief, since the late 1930's until his death in the late 1970's.

And I worked with a scientist at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory who'd been known as "Chunky" since his University days in the 1960's and was even listed, as the same, in the online site phone directory. More bizarrely, no amount of persuasion could cajole him into telling me his actual first name... In my own family the womans name Merriel occurs a few times, and I as five year old when I met Auntie Murgatroyd, I was convinced she'd have tentacles and an extra head, 'cause clearly Murgatroyd was an alien name.. obviously...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #261 on: March 01, 2009, 02:55:58 am »

Octavian is a name that always struck me. As for a Womans name Kitriana was always one that I was keen to.
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« Reply #262 on: March 01, 2009, 03:43:35 am »

Gessler and Esmeralda - I love them.
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« Reply #263 on: March 01, 2009, 11:02:34 pm »

Hello All, perhaps you could help me?

I'm considering changing my name to Samuel Teague. can you help me with a middle name? I'm thinking Ignatius... but I'd like some other suggestions before i jump in.


cheers,

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« Reply #264 on: March 02, 2009, 12:24:49 am »

One of the more endearing characteristics of victorian names is that they are not pronounced the way they are written, thus creating great glee for those in the know (and certain Victorians placed a high value on being able to look down on others less in the know than themselves). For example "Alluicious" as quoted at the start of this thread is spelled Aloysius. Other favourites are St.John (pronounced Sinjun), Cholmondeley (Chumley) and Featherstonehaugh (Fanshaw).
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« Reply #265 on: March 02, 2009, 12:41:40 am »

my name is Samuel Taylor and i would not change it for the world  Smiley
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« Reply #266 on: March 14, 2009, 02:09:56 am »

One of the more endearing characteristics of victorian names is that they are not pronounced the way they are written, thus creating great glee for those in the know (and certain Victorians placed a high value on being able to look down on others less in the know than themselves). For example "Alluicious" as quoted at the start of this thread is spelled Aloysius. Other favourites are St.John (pronounced Sinjun), Cholmondeley (Chumley) and Featherstonehaugh (Fanshaw).

One mustn't forget Fotheringay (Fungy).

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« Reply #267 on: March 14, 2009, 02:37:03 am »

Today I met a Ms Pendleberry and! Wait for it! A Mr Shuckles. I asked him to spell it to make sure. It must be fake!!! [She was a 72 year old spinster & he was a 94 year old bachelor]. Must matchmake, Pendleberry-Shuckles, what a double hyphen.
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« Reply #268 on: March 14, 2009, 03:03:50 am »

You know the Forsyte Saga? (Haven't read the book yet).  Soames and Jolyon.
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« Reply #269 on: March 14, 2009, 10:35:59 am »

One mustn't forget Fotheringay (Fungy).

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Voltaic, how do you do? I hadn't forgotten Fotheringay, I don't think I ever knew it, so many thanks. I wonder if any of the readers have more examples of this baffling eccentricity?
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« Reply #270 on: March 14, 2009, 11:28:10 am »


Some bizarre and strange surnames and places prononced in strange ways

Cholmondley - "Chumley"
Leominster - "Lemster"
Milngavie - "Mulguy"
Featherstonehaugh - "Fanshaw"
Beauchamp - "Beecham"
Caius - "Keys"
Magdelene - "Maudlin"
Gateacre - "Gattacka"
Colquhoon - "Cahoon"
Beaulieu - "Bewley"
Mainwaring - "Mannering"
Menzies - "Mengies"

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« Reply #271 on: March 20, 2009, 04:39:55 am »


Some bizarre and strange surnames and places prononced in strange ways

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Colquhoon - "Cahoon"

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along that line, I once knew an Urqueheart - "uckert"

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« Reply #272 on: March 20, 2009, 05:32:07 am »

In my school we had a kid named Cheyne, pronnounced Shane ( he's a boy) I think every substitute called Cheyne a girl. We also had Kazlin, but everyone called him Kaz.

As for my family we all have either odd names, or unusual spellings. Example being that my sister's name is Teal. She wanted to name her child Dorkiss, but we had to talk her out of that one, instead we got Destiny.
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« Reply #273 on: October 24, 2009, 08:34:21 am »

Greetings,

My brother in law's name is James, but he is called Jas. More of a colonial abbreviation, though, I suppose.

Yours, Dr.B
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« Reply #274 on: November 14, 2009, 10:10:57 pm »


Some bizarre and strange surnames and places prononced in strange ways

Cholmondley - "Chumley"
Leominster - "Lemster"
Milngavie - "Mulguy"
Featherstonehaugh - "Fanshaw"
Beauchamp - "Beecham"
Caius - "Keys"
Magdelene - "Maudlin"
Gateacre - "Gattacka"
Colquhoon - "Cahoon"
Beaulieu - "Bewley"
Mainwaring - "Mannering"
Menzies - "Mengies"


What about Laoghaire? (l'heery)
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