klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Mon Nov 10 17:14:06 EST 2003
There are some distinct advantages to having a surname that was entirely
made up by one's great-grandfather (he evidently felt that "Jucovy"
sounded more "American" than "Jacobsky"). One doesn't even need the rare
Slavic first name that, as far as I can tell, is far more frequently
spelled with an "i" than a "y." Google vanity searches _always_
invariably work. It's very cool.
On the other hand, my middle name is Lili, and I now have both a
stepcousin and a cousin's daughter (with different surnames, though) named
Lili. My cousin's other daughter is named Lola, which strikes me as
unfortunate on several levels. I think that Lili and Lola just don't work
together, and then there's the fact that my parents and I are huge Kinks
fans and thus would never name a daughter Lola in the first place.
ObDWJ: Of course, Lola has the advantage of being much easier to say than
Osfameron Tanamoril Clennenson or Marina Semprosia Timosa Mallory (and
I'm sure I don't remmber that correctly). And I can't even begin to
remember Dagner's full name ;-).
"Inspirations have I none - just to touch the flaming dove."
---David Bowie, "Soul Love"
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