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Fourteen Shades of Elizabeth

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The royal and biblical Elizabeth accounted for approximately a quarter of all girls’ names in early Britain, and when she emigrated to Colonial America, close to the same percentage of all girl babies were christened with that name— sometimes even more than one in a family. So it’s no wonder that numerous nicknames would pop up to distinguish among all the Elizabeths– several of which would go on to be used as independent names.
Of course Elizabeth itself is a wonderfully elegant classic, but here are some of the most appealing variations on the Elizabethan theme.

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We’ve looked at some of the trends in movie character names of Hollywood’s Golden Age – the widespread use of nickname names and boys’ names for girls and place names.  Now, here are some of the more unusual character names (and the sometimes surprising actors who portrayed them) thought up by the screenwriters—or novelists or playwrights who originally created them)  of that era , as well as some that haven’t been heard of for some time and might be worth reviving.

Get ready for a looooong list, even though we haven’t included the iconic Rhetts and Ricks:

GIRLS

AGATHA –  Joan Crawford

ALBANY –  Dorothy Lamour

ALBERTINE –  Gene Tierney

ALGERIA  –  Linda Darnell

ARIANE –  Audrey Hepburn

BIJOU –  Marlene Dietrich

CINZIA –  Sophia Loren

CLARA –  Marilyn Monroe

CORLISS –  Shirley Temple

CRICKET –  Judy Garland

DINAH –  Shirley Temple

DOMINI –  Marlene Dietrich

DRUE –  Barbara Stanwyck

ELIZA –  Audrey Hepburn

ESTHER –  Judy Garland (twice)

EUGENIA –  Barbara Stanwyck

EUGENIE –  Loretta Young

FAY –  Joan Crawford

FRANZI — Claudetter Colbert

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It’s Pop’s turn!  For Mother’s Day we took a look at some of the more interesting names of the mothers of distinguished people, and now we do the same for the paternal parent.  Once more,  it turns out that an unusual number of past (and a few present) notables have had Dads with interesting, and sometimes surprising, names.  Here are some examples to prove the point:

ABRAHAM –Bob Dylan

ALFRED (called Freddie) — John Lennon

ALLANHerman Melville

ALLESSANDRO — Maria Montessori

ANDREJ — Andy Warhol

ARCHULUS — Truman Capote

AUGUSTINE –  George Washington

BAILEY –  Ray Charles, Maya Angelou

BELMONT — Humphrey Bogart

CASSIUS –  Mohammed Ali (pictured)

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