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September 9th, 2014 07:03 PM #1
Some very ''Telegraph'' names from British boarding school
Earlier this week I was at a very tiny private school in rural Northern England. It literally could have been straight out of an Enid Blyton book; boarding quarters, dining hall, stables, ''tweed only'' sign in cloakroom etc. - and of course I made notes on my phone of as many as possible.
So here you are, a real-life batch of Telegraph-esque, pohhhsh ''British'' names (ages 5-12) since names / class system are regularly disgusted on NB blog posts about UK naming habits;
Barley (this is my dog's name so me and my mum had a chuckle)
Owen and a Euan (v. similar in meaning/origin)
Bertram (local significance here I think)
Alice and an Alys
Of course there are lots of popular names that wouldn't be amiss in any state school but there are definitely some gems in there. I assume several were shortened (Theo, Immy, Will) but I didn't see/hear longer forms.
So enjoy this stereotype-indulging list
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Rufus - Alec - Emmett - Hugh - Wilfred - Eoghan
Billie - Estella - Jemima - Eilidh - Oona - Lettice
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September 9th, 2014 07:09 PM #3
Barley. Wow. Yikes. It's very cute on a dog.
Some of these names sound like they were taken from a Catherine Tate "posh people" sketch.Gwen
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September 9th, 2014 07:47 PM #5
Lol, we have very different ideas of what "Telegraph" means! In Berkeley our Telegraph Avenue has been the hippie-groovy-druggie, teenage runaway, counter-culture street ever since the 1960s. Though now it's mostly just college students. I half-expected hippie names like Moondog and Dweezil.
I was surprised to find names I already like, esp. given that I have no common ground with this context. I enjoy Owen, Eloise, Bertram. But Hebe nearly made me gag a little. That is truly awful. Barley is funny because I'm allergic, it makes me gassy (sorry if tmi). Jemima refers to the Aunt Jemima maple syrup, which has a black racist mammy image as its brand. Not very posh, really.
It's such a different world where you come from! I can only imagine it as Harry Potter-esque since I have no other images to draw from. Thank you for the window into a very different place* My name is Adelaide Skye. I love to play with names.*Rowan Evangeline - Saffron Ava - Jane CalliopeWalter Abram - Seth Constantine - Desmond Jack - Rufus Balthazar - Frank Israfel - Wolfram Zephyr - Malcolm SebastianTansy - Tula - Hannele - Maisie - Ruth - Harlow - Noelle - Holly - Seraphina - Sadie - Ambrose - Langston - Miles - HezekiahLucy Isabeau - Ingrid Onnika - Genevieve Eden - Helen Preeya - Isra Havala - Nula Rhiannon
September 10th, 2014 01:35 AM #7
Wow, these boarding school names are quite different from the names that abounded at my boarding school (I am Australian though, so that probably makes a difference). We had Jazz, Tayla-Lee, Jazmin, Kiana, Taylah, etc. although we did have Edwina, Sophia (before it was super popular and still was a 'posh' name), Emilia, Emelia, Amelia, Imogen (again, before it was popular and was still considered to be posh), Polly, Anneliese, Gwendolyn, Harriet, Cleo, etc. The teachers pretty much refused to call me Nooshi or even Sophie, because they didn't believe my name was Sophie, even though it was on all the paperwork. It was always Sophia at the beginning. I eventually got them to call me Sophie, but Nooshi was considered a no-no.
The description does fit my old boarding school quite well though: we had a Harry Potter-esque dining hall (albeit a bit smaller) with grace written in Latin over the door, riding stables, boarding houses with posh names like Dickens and Kirkwood, a bust of the founder (named Florence) in the entrance rose garden, skirts / kilts had to be 15cm past the middle of your knee, tennis courts, a swimming pool the teachers made us swim in in winter (yuck), a full on church, etc. I only went there for one year, because that was the year my grandparents both passed away and my parents had to travel a lot to see them when they were ill, and it was incredibly expensive- one girl who went there, her parents owned a major concrete company, and another lived in Malaysia, with her father being an inventor, just to give you an idea. These names and your description certainly do remind me of it though. I didn't really feel like myself that year, I mean, they had a lacrosse team and an on campus school museum.
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September 10th, 2014 02:15 AM #9Member
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privacyplease, oliviasarah was talking about http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/births; the racist Jemima image only exists here in the US.
Nooshi, I had to laugh at your lacrosse comment. In my state, it's the state team sport, so there are little lax teams everywhere and I swear every kid knows how to play it. To hear that it's considered "posh" is sort of funny to me