There’s a fascinating history of declining British surnames on the website Ancestry.co.uk, in which they explain some of the reasons why previously common family names wither on the vine and can even die.
Last week we compiled a list of boys’ names that have never really taken off in America to a significant degree, and now it is time to do likewise for the girls.
Clive Owen is a lucky man. Not only is today his 50th birthday, but he’s been given the gift of double first names, like Elton John, Ben Elton, and Daniel Craig.
Not that we’re trying to influence world events or anything, but should anyone extremely British be on the lookout for suitable names for a female baby any time soon – can’t think of any examples off the top of my head, …
Call it the Downton Abbey effect. The name Sybil is back in vogue and credit is given to the popularity of Downton Abbey, the Emmy-winning, British period drama.
We’ll try to make this short.
BBC News reports that Dawn McManus, a 41-year-old woman from Hartlepool, England, is legally changing her name to “Red Dreams” – but between that first and last name, she’ll have 159 additional middle names.