Today is Donald
Duck’s birthday, so we thought we’d commemorate it by inviting a bunch of his oldest chums over to Nameberry to celebrate, characters like Mickey
and Goofy and Clarabelle
Cow and Horace
Horsecollar. And though these cartoon creatures may not be the most appropriate of namesakes, their names are still worth considering.
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Abner is the country mouse rube from backwoods Podunk who comes to visit his city cousin Monty in the 1936 The Country Cousin, and the bumpkin image of his name was reinforced by years of L’il Abner comic strips. But today’s parents are beginning to look at Abner with fresh eyes, as a perfectly respectable Old Testament appellation.