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Ian Dunn
393701.  Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:45 am Reply with quote

In 1907, there were 1,048 babies named Gertrude. In 2005, there were none. One of the most popular girls names these days is Grace.

Maybe "Gertrude" would be more popular if Gertrude Perkins published her book Edmund: A Butler's Tale.

Story from the BBC

 
Curious Danny
586906.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:36 pm Reply with quote

Maybe it would be more popular if it was not the name of a fictional character that "let the royal house of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned insest"

 
Ion Zone
586983.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:39 pm Reply with quote

Or if it wasn't associated with cows now....

 
Efros
587048.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:53 pm Reply with quote

That's Ermintrude shurely!

 
AnneB
587053.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:06 pm Reply with quote

I had an aunt with the unfortunate name of Loretta Gertrude.

(She wasn't very nice, either.)

 
Sadurian Mike
587061.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:15 pm Reply with quote

Gertrude was the code name of the WW2 German plan to invade Turkey had it looked like joining the Allies.

 
suze
587062.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quote

I'm afraid that to me, the name Loretta conjures up images of coal miner's daughters and not a whole lot else.

Still, I was deprived. Both my parents were only children, so I never had an aunt or an uncle. Sob.

 
bemahan
587067.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:23 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Still, I was deprived. Both my parents were only children, so I never had an aunt or an uncle. Sob.
Me, too, although my mum had 2 close cousins who were honorary aunt and uncle. However, they were unmarried and had no children so I have no (emotional) concept of what a cousin is.

 
Sadurian Mike
587072.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:27 pm Reply with quote

I had far more aunts and uncles than I knew what to do with; my mum was one of six and my dad one of four.

Sadly one aunt and two uncles (including my inspirational* godfather) have died by now, but there are enough left to be able to offer some out at a reasonable rate.


*Not inspirational religiously. He got me interested in kit modelling and was probably entirely responsible for my current hobbies and interests.

 
bemahan
587077.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:30 pm Reply with quote

I could do you a swop for some neices and nephews, of which I have approx. 17.

 
exnihilo
587082.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:34 pm Reply with quote

I have no aunts or uncles either. But I have a cat who is his uncle, which sort of makes up for it all.

 
bemahan
587083.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:35 pm Reply with quote

exnihilo wrote:
But I have a cat who is his uncle, which sort of makes up for it all.
A cat who is whose uncle?

 
Posital
587084.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:36 pm Reply with quote

Dirty Gertie from number thirty...

Don't ask... Boom boom!


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suze
587085.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:36 pm Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
I had far more aunts and uncles than I knew what to do with.


That was never going to be the case on my mom's side of the family. Her parents were people of the Kirk and as dour as any caricature of a dour Scot, and I've sometimes wondered whether they ever did the deed again after my mom was born.

My dad's family is RC though, and the part of the family that stayed in Europe in the 30s carried on having lots of kids. Consequently, why my father was an only child is a bit of a mystery - there's an obvious explanation, but I've always chosen not to pursue the train of thought very far.

 
Sadurian Mike
587092.  Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:43 pm Reply with quote

Yipes, best not. Just put it down to a fertility thing.

 

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