It’s the first Monday of the month! That means it’s time for another batch of name-related quotes from all over the web (and elsewhere). Enjoy!
From an article (“Q is for Curiosity”) in the July 1950 issue of Radio and Television Mirror:
For the record, Robert Q. Lewis has no middle name. He decided, one day six years ago, to stick in that Q and see if people would be curious about it. They were. Now he’s stuck with it.
Somewhere in every conversation with strangers the question comes up, “Why the Q?” The answer varies from time to time, his favorite being “Quackpot.”
From an article about speedskater KC Boutiette (found via Abby):
His 2 1/2-year-old son is named Braam, the Dutch word for a burr that develops when skates are being sharpened.
One of Boutiette’s best friends had named his dog Braam.
“That’s the coolest name ever,” Boutiette said. “So I named my son after a dog and a burr on a speedskate.”
From an article about South Korean novel Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982:
Written by author Cho Nam-ju, the book follows the life of its protagonist, named Kim Ji-young, a South Korean woman born in 1982. Her name, Ji-young, was one of the most common baby names for girls in the country back in the 1980s.
Like her name, her life is far from extraordinary. Like most Korean women born in the ‘80s, she attends university, gets a job, gets married and becomes a stay-at-home mother.
From an article about fashion designer Arnold Scaasi:
Despite the Savile Row–worthy tailoring, Scaasi was not British, nor was he Italian, though his surname was meant to make you think so—in reality it was Issaacs spelled backward.
From the NYT obituary of jazz drummer Zutty Singleton:
Mr. Singleton, who was born in Bunkie, La., on May 14, 1898, was named Arthur James. He acquired the nickname Zutty (Zoot-ee), a Creole patois word, for “cute,” when he was an infant.
From an article (“Names In News Become Names For Children”) in the November 24, 1963, edition of the Indianapolis Star:
Soviet parents are tending to name their children after currently fashionable personalities. During and after Fidel Castro’s tour of Russia, scores of boy babies were given the not-so-Russian-sounding name of Fidel. The Moscow Statistics Bureau has reported 55 young Fidels in Moscow alone. Later, with woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in orbit, half the newly born girls in Moscow were named in her honor.
From an article about NSA contractor Reality Winner:
It was Ronald who named Reality. The deal had been that Billie got to name their first — Brittany — but their second was his to choose. He noticed, on a T-shirt at their Lamaze class, the words I COACHED A REAL WINNER. He wanted a success story and felt that an aspirational name would increase his chances of producing one. Billie did not object; a deal is a deal.