The challenges of being a name nerd! Am I alone? ;)
For example, I was at a party last week, and a couple I was speaking to told me that their kids were named Skyler and Ryder (very unusual for the UK, but he is from the US and they used to live there). When I expressed interest, they told me that Skyler was an Irish name, and Ryder meant "an outdoorsman".
Well, of course the latter makes perfect sense, but you don't need a name dictionary to tell you that! As for the former, well, being a name nerd, I knew that Skyler and Skylar are alternative spellings for Schuyler. Which looked Dutch to me, not Irish. Turns out (according to behindthename.com which I trust) the first Schuylers were named for Philip Schuyler, a US general and senator of Dutch origin.
I didn't say anything. After all, people are understandably sensitive about their names and name choices. But I wondered where on earth they got their info. There's so much rubbish out there!
Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:23am