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Is it human or is it dancer?
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vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: November 12th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I met a woman Marine officer who had had a daughter whilst stationed in Germany. The child's name was Portia, spelled Porsche, because that was the only spelling Mum had ever seen...

Child has three given names and a hyphenated surname but we chose not to know the sex until the birth. His middle names are both old surnames from our two families. Firstname was really my choice as I vetoed what turned out to be three of the top names of the decade (Alexander, Oliver, Jack/John) and was bored witless at the idea of another William (one cousin) or Angus (another cousin). Using family surnames is unfashionable but fun.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 12th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Porsche! Poor girl...

I like the surnames-as-middle-names thing (though surnames always sound a bit more like boys' names, somehow) but I don't think we have any particularly exciting ones in our families. Though of course Owen has his old surname ("batchelor name", by analogy with maiden name?) as his middle name now... but he doesn't seem particularly keen to pass that on.

If you don't mind me asking, why did you chose not to know the sex until the birth? (Not that there has to be a reason -- entirely your decision & "just didn't want to" is fine! -- just interested to know why if you don't mind telling.)
ghoti From: ghoti Date: November 12th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Using surnames as first or middle names is wildly trendy, and if you have a family reason for doing so, even more so. That wouldn't stop me if I wanted to, though.
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: November 12th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
:-D "wildly trendy", eh? We move in different circles... I was thinking that naming him Triss Fleming Alkador, "a brother for Poppy Faience," was wildly trendy. I shall change his name to something less trendy by deed poll at once!
ghoti From: ghoti Date: November 12th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did realise after writing that that 'wildly' was perhaps not the bet adjective and 'trendy' requires more statistical analysis than 'popular'. I can't even remember how far back UK data is provided, but I can do a brief statistical analysis if you like, but not tonight.

I wouldn't worry about trendiness, anyway, and I would assume that anyone who was did said statistical analysis *before* choosing their names. (I'm also not a statistician, so I may well be doing it wrong.)
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