[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 16:58:24 EDT 2006


Minnow wrote:
>> Minnow wrote:
>>
>>     
>>> Attilla.  I have never heard it used in England and it isn't in any of the
>>> "name your baby" books I have around the place, but it does exist.
>>>       
>
> Robyn suggested
>
>   
>> I think it's on one of those lists of things you shouldn't name your
>> baby. You know, along with Milhouse and Adolf.
>>     
>
> It seems a bit hard that Adolph should be barred, when it's a respectable
> name of ancient lineage meaning "noble hero", but I suppose you're right.
> Eric Partridge does warn against it, but only in the form "Adolphus",
> because it now "ranks with Algernon and Cuthbert as comically pompous";
> another of the books includes it but says it is "now rare, since Adolph
> Hitler brought it into disrepute", and the rest don't bother to include it.
>
>
>
> I always assumed that Milhous must have been Nixon's mother's maiden name
> or something, not an ordinary forename at all.  Like my brother-in-law
> being "James Thomas Macdonnell [Surname]", where the Macdonnell was his
> grandmother's maiden name.
>
>
> I used to know someone called Gengis.  He was Polish, and it may not have
> been his real name, but that was what he answered to.  I'd've thought that
> would be on the list of things you shouldn't name your baby, but maybe that
> depends where you live.
>
> Minnow
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Jengiz, Chingiz and similar forms are not unusual in Turkic lands. There 
is a Kirghiz novelist called Chingiz Aitmatov.

Colin




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