ven at vvcrane.junglelink.co.uk
Sun Oct 8 21:38:17 EDT 2000
> Kyla is a Yiddish shortened form of the Hebrew name Kelilah, which means
> laurel, crown, or victory. (Which actually do go together, by means of the
> tradition of placing a laurel crown on the head of the victor.) We're not
> quite sure where the name Tornheim comes from, since it was my
> great-grandfather who came to the US from Palestine who had it, but we
> think it's from the Polish town of Torun.
> And although I love my name dearly, it *is* mispronounced a heckuva
> lot. Mostly stupidly, since the most common mispronunciation is "kayla
> thorn-heem." I can understand the "heem" part--most Americans don't
> recognize German spelling to pronounce it accurately (or are confused by
> the "steen" pronunciation of "stein" common in Jewish last names). But I
> don't see an "h" in the first syllable of my last name, and I've never
> heard of the vowel "y" being pronounced "ay." <shrug>
Kyla, I would have pronounced your name correctly but I thought it
sounded Scandinavian (there's a place called Trondheim in Sweden
I think I said earlier I collect fictional Vens. It gets independently
made up quite often. Then ther are the things people think it may
be short for -- Venetia, Vanessa, Vendela. I've always thought
Venice would be particularly absurd, sounds like someone in
Apart from the obvious one -- the role model I've done my hardest
to escape! -- I can't think of any significant fictional Wendys. (note
for thiose who have joined more recently than me Wendy is the
name on my birth certificate). Incidentally things seem to havce got
easier as regards dumping your given name. At one time I was
plagued by people (OK usually older men) who would say "Well,
I'm going to call you Wendy." obliging me to psyche them out until
they stopped. I don't know how Irish law differs but in the UK you
are entitled to go by whatever name you wish so long as you are
not pretending to be something or someone you are not, so I use
Ven on all official documents (except my passport because I can't
be bothered with the paperwork).
Here's some great names of real people:
Susan Hunter West
Aletta Djadjadiningrat (Dutch Indonesian)
Sander Van de Leouw (also Dutch -- Alexander Van the Lion)
Reverend Zeal (parish priest from my home town who succeeded
the equally pleasingly named Father Dart).
Oh and on marriage Tim Power's wife changed her name from
Serena Batsford to Serena Powers, which is so cool.
Finally here's an observation on made up names. In one of the
Bordertown books -- I think by Will Shetterly -- he mentions a girl
who called herself Jinian L'Etoile. Everyone took to calling her
Jiggle le Toilet ...........So I determined a rule which says only use
one unusual name or you risk sounding like a prat. Thus Indiana
Jones is fine, Jinian Rogers or Sally L'Etoile would have done.
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