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Old 02-01-2018, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Koshka2 View Post
I was named (both first and middle) after a diner. My parents saw the name of the dinner which was a female first and middle name and liked it and named me. I never liked the name that much so I've used a nickname (bestowed to me by me when I went away to school) for many years.

But, it could have been far worse. My parents had a friend who had suggested to them that they name me Bobette. They actually liked it (shudder) and planned to name me that until they saw the diner's name. The friend, though, always called me Bobette whenever she saw me because she decided it was my true name. She refused to accept that my parents had chosen a different name. I guess if I had been bestowed with Bobette I would have been called Bobbie (I hope).

Oh - one interesting thing. I'm adopted but have searched and found my birthparents. My paternal grandfather was born in the late 1800s and was the 4th son. He was simply called Boy until he arrived at school. The teacher asked him his name and he said "Boy" and she wrote down "Boyd" and that was what he was thereafter called. There was one later son born while Boyd was a teenager (this was in addition to a bunch of sisters). It was that son - the fifth - who was named after his father. That was different. I guess they had run out of names.

My father was also called Boy. He was the youngest child and the youngest of 4 boys. Supposedly his nickname came about because my grandfather would always say "Where's the Boy?" lol.

It's so funny that even in his eighties my cousins call him "Uncle Boy" because his sister/their mother called him Boy her whole life.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Blondy View Post

I once saw an article that explained the naming tradition for British Isles folks. Wish I had saved it. Anyone familiar with that?
Doing research myself, same territories of England, Ireland and Scotland ("British Isles").

Good luck if you're researching as well.


There was more than tradition involved in naming Irish children. There
was a "British Isles Naming Convention" of the late 1500 to 1850 that
suggested naming them as follows:

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