Friday, August 26, 2011

Names

Izzy, 10, tells me that her best friend has the wonderful name of Halley O'Malley.
An 8 year old boy I knew felt that he was being bullied by another boy, whose name was Shannon Sloe.  One would have thought that might have provided ammunition for some retaliation.  Having that name, of course, might make a boy bitter - being a bully could be the only option.
The death notice in the paper was for an elderly man called Jack Spade.  I can imagine a small, daring, adventurous boy called Jack Spade.  Or an elderly man who might mend your saucepans, clean the guttering and dig the vegetable patch, giving bigger yields than you had ever dreamed of.  The middle years are harder to envisage.

4 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

Incredibly powerful things names. In an earlier working life I had dealings with a divorcee called Mrs Fanny Bogg. I did wonder how her maiden name could possibly have been worse.

And I went to university with a woman called Pagan Moon. Unfortunately she was a very dowdy conservative thing, and her name was just so wrong for her.
I really like Halley O'Malley though. I hope it fits her well.

Frances said...

Wonderful, Elephant's Child. Extraordinary.
I cannot think of one name that would go well with "Bogg", but it reminds me of the famous Australian swimmer, Lorraine Crapp.

Pagan Moon must surely have turned out to be a major disappointment to her parents.

Relatively Retiring said...

I have fond memories of C.M. Choke the bakers, Doris Morris and the Rev. Bleating.
There's also a removal firm round here with a van labelled Heaver and Son, but that may be an advertising ploy!

Frances said...

The Rev.Bleating is simply too good to be true, RR, (although I believe you).
Rather a limiting name, don't you think? I can't imagine "Prime Minister Bleating," for example.
Nominative determinism.