On a lighter note, the pregnant barmaid in the previous post gave me some funny news last night. She has been running through potential names for her coming child, and asking everyone for ideas.
A young couple she knows have recently had a boy, and their last name is 'Beaver'. So what have they named him? Sean Beaver.
Apparently they could not understand why she fell around laughing when they broke the news, and now it is too late. I hope the lad goes to a sympathetic school, and I hope he is surrounded by sympathetic work-mates when he leaves it. Let's hope he has a second name to fall back on too.
I think choosing the right name for your son is very important, but I cannot decide if it is the name which makes the child, or the other way round. For instance, I have never yet met a 'Neville' who has not displayed some sort of criminal tendencies at one time or another, and I've met quite a few 'Nevilles'.
Similarly, have you noticed how all men called 'Max' are over-bearing and arrogant bullies?
A famous British broadcaster wanted to call his son 'Scipius' after the Roman General, but his wife told him that it sounded like a kangaroo.
Certain names that used to be popular are now out of fashion. 'Adolph' for obvious reasons, and 'Alfred' for not so obvious reasons. I know a Dutch aristocrat called 'Adolph', and he is a particularly obnoxious and over-bearing man, but - at the moment - is showing no signs of wanting to dominate the world. He has shortened his name to 'Dolph' anyway, but since he has about fifteen others to go with it, I don't know why he didn't ditch it all together.
I used to like the name 'Rupert' - it reminded me of the bear with the same name - but then I met a load of idiot Hooray-Henry's in the 1980s called Rupert, and forever associate it with them. I feel the same way about 'Henry' for the same reasons too, which is a shame.