Real world name perceptions
A few recent name anecdotes.
In conversation with an older woman in a café, who learned my daughter's name and then said: "My three daughters all have unusual names too" (false, where we are). "Oh?" I asked. "Yes. Laia is the Catalan form of Eulalia." (Laia is a monster runaway hit and is the nickname for Eulàlia, which is the name in both languages). Then "And Mireia, the Catalan form of Maria." I said I believed they were different names, but she was having none of it. "And Tania, the Catalan form of Antonia." At which point I just gave up on talking names with her.
In Canada meanwhile, I met an old woman who gushed over my two daughters because she had, she said: "four sons, nine grandsons and seven great-grandsons." And one great-grand-daughter whose name was Aubrey. "I finally got my Aubrey," she said. "I had my eye on a guy called Aubrey in high school, but it didn't work out and I married an Arnold instead. Sixty years later..." I thought this was a nice demonstration of the changing name landscape in the last 80 years!
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 9:17am