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1048342.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:59 am Reply with quote

Would that be the same root as 'cuckold'?

1048471.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:17 pm Reply with quote

WordLover wrote:
Richmal? Rider? Rudyard?

I was thinking of people I've actually met, and I haven't actually met anyone with those names. But for sure, all three are decidedly uncommon.

There are media references to one Richmal Oates-Whitehead, a rather disturbed woman from New Zealand who committed suicide after it emerged that she had committed a fraud (holding herself out as a medical doctor when not one). So the writer of the Just William books is not unique in her given name.

As far as I can tell, the author of King Solomon's Mines had a double-barreled surname with no hyphen, and Rider should be seen as part of his surname rather than as a forename. His father was known as William Rider Haggard and his son as Jack Rider Haggard.

Conan Doyle made himself similar. His father was Charles Doyle, and when Conan Doyle was knighted he was gazetted as Doyle, Arthur Ignatius Conan - but he used Conan Doyle as his surname for most of his life, and so did his second wife and the children of his second marriage.

Rudyard is certainly a very uncommon given name, although there's a Canadian entrepreneur called Rudyard Griffiths.

1048472.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:23 pm Reply with quote

swot wrote:
Would that be the same root as 'cuckold'?


The English cuckold, the French cocu, and equivalents in other languages all come from the Old French cucuault = a cuckoo. Lady cuckoos were believed to be rather promiscuous, and to present themselves in the nest of a gentleman cuckoo and demand that the gentleman cuckoo made eggs with them.

1048474.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:33 pm Reply with quote

Whooo I learned something in an English lit class 10 years ago.

1048486.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:22 pm Reply with quote

knightmare wrote:

Are really odd, native names allowed by EU governments?

AFAIK, the approval of names is (still) not an EU matter.

A Danish couple named their son Christophpher (usual spelling is often Kristoffer or Christoffer). It's certainy unique. It took a 9-year legal battle to get it approved.

1048487.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:35 pm Reply with quote

My first name wasn't allowed at birth. My dad, who had come up with the name, pleaded but the Little Hitler at the Register Office said, "Nope", as he had never heard of it, but suggested my first name be split in two, accepting the two perfectly normal names. Many years later I finally had both names officially joined. Pity that some dickhead clerk managed to lose the accent aigu on the first 'a', so it had to be corrected again.

1048545.  Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:17 pm Reply with quote

Rudyard is certainly a very uncommon given name, although there's a Canadian entrepreneur called Rudyard Griffiths.

Indeed there is. In fact, he often subs for the awful Kevin O'Leary on CBC TV's "Lang & O'Leary Report". He was on tonight. Seems a nice guy - but anyone would after O'Leary .....


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