Names (was Re: Help wanted: arthurian novels)

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Mon Sep 22 02:34:44 EDT 2003

We were quite shocked with both our girls when we
discovered that we had picked the most popular girls
names of the year for both, Kate in 1979 and Sarah in
1981. We had no boys name picked for Kate (if she'd
been a boy he would have been called Kate) but if
Sarah had been a boy she would have been Ben which was
the most popular boys name that year. When Kate
started school there were 20 girls in her class of
whom 12 had names that were Kate of something similar;
Katheryn, Kathleen, Katie.
It is very hard for teachers to pick names for their
children, many names have unpleasant associations,
especially when both parents are teachers.
Fortunately there have been no horrible Kates or
Sarahs since to turn me off their names, which is
lucky as there have been plenty of horrible Bens.
There was one occasion when I said "Ben, leave the
library, you know what you were doing" and three boys
left without arguing (but not the one I was actually
talking too)


--- Irina Rempt <irina at> wrote:
> On Sunday 21 September 2003 18:29,
> minnow at wrote:
> > When we picked Rachel for our
> > elder daughter, the only Rachels we knew at the
> time were in their
> > fifties or over, and we assumed it would be a name
> everyone knew, not
> > too many people had, and nobody would spell wrong.
> Eek! When the twins were in toddler music class,
> there were three girls 
> and four boys, and two of the girls were called
> Rebecca, and the only 
> reason that the third girl wasn't called Rebecca as
> well was probably 
> that she had a twin sister already called that.
> > Incidentally, Rachel was nearly an Esther -- after
> my grandmother...
> *I* was nearly an Esther; I was christened Ruth,
> which (in the Dutch 
> pronunciation) rhymes with half the rude words in
> Dutch, so I changed 
> it as soon as I got the chance :-)
> (and we don't have Rebecca and Rachel, because we
> think it's unfortunate 
> to call twins something starting with the same
> letter )
>    Irina
> -- 
> Vesta veran, terna puran, farenin.        
> Beghinnen can ick, volherden will' ick, volbringhen
> sal ick.
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