Names of children (was Melissa's Introduction)

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Wed Dec 15 21:08:09 EST 2004

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> (We pronounce it TEL-e-ree, not the more correct tel-AIR-ee, because
> we thought nobody would get it right otherwise.  Of course everyone
> tries to say it the second way.)

I tried to say it the first way, for what it's worth.

> She's named after Cordelia Vorkosigan, which I thought was a
> slam-dunk. Then there was:
> *Cordelia from Buffy, who at the time was an unredeemed harpy, and
> we had never seen the show
> *Cordelia from _King Lear_
> *Cordelia that Anne of Green Gables wanted to be named instead of
> Anne
> *Cordelia Drexel-Biddle from the movie "The Happiest Millionaire"
> (and I went on letting my parents believe this one)
> *Connie Willis's daughter Cordelia
> I can't remember the others, and yet somehow people kept coming up
> with new possibilities after I thought I'd heard them all.  What
> made it funny instead of tedious was that each person had only ever
> heard that one source for the name, or at most two of them.

I've heard of three: the Vorkosigan, the Buffy, and the Lear. I was
thinking that the Lear was most likely - the Vorkosigan didn't
actually occur to me until you said it.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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