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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17730 on: September 20, 2013, 03:58:13 AM »
Maury Povich's father was named Shirley, and he (Shirley) was on "I've Got a Secret" because he had been listed in the book "Who's Who of Famous Women."

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17731 on: September 20, 2013, 07:55:07 AM »
John Wayne was born Marion and there's Joyce Kilmer who wrote 'Trees'. 

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17732 on: September 20, 2013, 10:22:01 AM »
And then there's the actor Leslie Howard, who played Ashley Wilkes. :P
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17733 on: September 20, 2013, 12:19:58 PM »
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17734 on: September 20, 2013, 12:34:00 PM »
John Wayne was born Marion and there's Joyce Kilmer who wrote 'Trees'.

So was my paternal grandfather.  So, I had to get used to women named Marion because I thought it was a man's name.

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« Reply #17735 on: September 20, 2013, 12:35:15 PM »
From the 1906 book of baby names again, this time focusing on gender:

<snip>
Anyway, Evelyn and Frances were listed in the girls' section, and not in the boys' (even Francis). The girls' side also had the nickname Frankie; Merle, which I always associate with male singer Merle Haggard; and... Flavil. Like the mouse in An American Tale, right? Who was male. Possibly they spelled it Flavel. But there was no similar name on the boys' side of this book.
<snip>

According to imdb.com, the mouse in An American Tail is Fievel. I think it's a Yiddish name.

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« Reply #17736 on: September 20, 2013, 12:43:34 PM »
From the 1906 book of baby names again, this time focusing on gender:

<snip>
Anyway, Evelyn and Frances were listed in the girls' section, and not in the boys' (even Francis). The girls' side also had the nickname Frankie; Merle, which I always associate with male singer Merle Haggard; and... Flavil. Like the mouse in An American Tale, right? Who was male. Possibly they spelled it Flavel. But there was no similar name on the boys' side of this book.
<snip>

According to imdb.com, the mouse in An American Tail is Fievel. I think it's a Yiddish name.
I was just getting ready to dig out my DVD and research this. You...er...saved me from rewatching a cartoon this evening.  :D
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17737 on: September 20, 2013, 01:10:02 PM »
From the 1906 book of baby names again, this time focusing on gender:

<snip>
Anyway, Evelyn and Frances were listed in the girls' section, and not in the boys' (even Francis). The girls' side also had the nickname Frankie; Merle, which I always associate with male singer Merle Haggard; and... Flavil. Like the mouse in An American Tale, right? Who was male. Possibly they spelled it Flavel. But there was no similar name on the boys' side of this book.
<snip>

According to imdb.com, the mouse in An American Tail is Fievel. I think it's a Yiddish name.
I was just getting ready to dig out my DVD and research this. You...er...saved me from rewatching a cartoon this evening.  :D

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17738 on: September 20, 2013, 01:48:00 PM »
From the 1906 book of baby names again, this time focusing on gender:

<snip>
Anyway, Evelyn and Frances were listed in the girls' section, and not in the boys' (even Francis). The girls' side also had the nickname Frankie; Merle, which I always associate with male singer Merle Haggard; and... Flavil. Like the mouse in An American Tale, right? Who was male. Possibly they spelled it Flavel. But there was no similar name on the boys' side of this book.
<snip>

According to imdb.com, the mouse in An American Tail is Fievel. I think it's a Yiddish name.
I was just getting ready to dig out my DVD and research this. You...er...saved me from rewatching a cartoon this evening.  :D

Yay! :D
or Sorry. :-[

Please select whichever is appropriate.

Oh, facepalm. Sorry! For getting the name wrong, I mean. I did actually meet a guy who was about 30 whose name was Flavel (with the E). He had been born and raised in America, but his parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17739 on: September 20, 2013, 02:10:45 PM »
Is this the Loughead book? It's widely considered unreliable.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17740 on: September 20, 2013, 07:11:30 PM »
Hyacinth is originally a male name, in Greek; the flower name is taken from that. Does anyone reading this know enough French to know whether Hyacinth(e) is a flower-name in French as well as in English?
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17741 on: September 20, 2013, 07:16:14 PM »
Hyacinth is originally a male name, in Greek; the flower name is taken from that. Does anyone reading this know enough French to know whether Hyacinth(e) is a flower-name in French as well as in English?

It's a male name in "Kushiel's Dart", but I don't know the author's basis for that.
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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17742 on: September 20, 2013, 07:34:38 PM »
Hyacinth is originally a male name, in Greek; the flower name is taken from that. Does anyone reading this know enough French to know whether Hyacinth(e) is a flower-name in French as well as in English?

It's jacinthe in French, not hyacinth. :)
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« Reply #17743 on: September 20, 2013, 08:15:23 PM »
Hyacinth is originally a male name, in Greek; the flower name is taken from that. Does anyone reading this know enough French to know whether Hyacinth(e) is a flower-name in French as well as in English?

As a French-speaker, I can confirm this for you!

Hyacinthe is both a masculine and feminine name in French, though it is usually masculine. (It comes from the Greek name Hyacinthos.) The popular feminine variant in French is Jacinthe (pronounced Zha-saint). This comes from the popular Portugese Catholic apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, where the two girls who saw the apparition were called Jacinta and Lucia. Jacinta means "hyacinth" in Portugese, and Jacinthe was the French version of this popular saint's name. I must say that Hyacinthe is a very old-fashioned men's name. It would be like Winston in English.

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Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Reply #17744 on: September 22, 2013, 10:42:06 AM »
Is this the Loughead book? It's widely considered unreliable.
Most baby name books are unreliable, at least as far as what names actually mean, their origins, and when they were first introduced.  As a guide for what babies were being named at the time it was printed, it's as reliable as any other.
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