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Yorba Linda Baby Named Linda Yorba

I’m sure you’ve heard of Yorba Linda, the affluent city in southern California whose name means “Beautiful Yorba” in English.

Did you know it was named in honor of wealthy rancher Bernardo Yorba (1800-1858), son of Spanish soldier and early California settler Jose Yorba?

Bernardo had 21 children, one of whom was a son named Vicente (b. 1844). One of Vicente’s children was a son named Bernardo (b. 1894), who also went on to have a son named Bernardo (b. 1921).

That last Bernardo, great-grandson of the original, had a high school sweetheart named Margaret.

Bernardo married Margaret in 1943. He soon left to fight in WWII, but not before Margaret became pregnant with their first child. She had the baby while he was overseas.

Margaret recalls:

“When I was in high school I remembered sitting with my friends at noon one time and talking about getting married and I said, ‘What if I married Bernardo Yorba and named our first baby Linda. She’d be Linda Yorba from Yorba Linda.’ And we all thought that was so hysterical. So of course, I named the baby Linda–it just came out of my mouth.”

After Linda, they went on to have nine more children: Cantana, Lisa, Bernardo, Nichola, Antonio, Miguel, Christopher, Jaime and Peter.

Source: Humphreys, Carol. “The Yorbas.” Orange Coast Magazine Feb. 2002: 76-79.

[Two more WWII-era Linda stories: Linda Ann, Linda Vista]


How Do You Feel About Your Name, Nichola?

“I think my name sounds a bit common,” says Nichola, a 30-year-old from from Dundee, Scotland. “It was unusual when I was first born, but there are more and more Nickys out there now.”

Nichola is a feminine variant of Nicholas, which comes from the Greek name Nikolaos (comprised of the elements nike, “victory,” and laos, “people”).

Nichola was born in 1976. According to the General Registrar Office for Scotland, a variant of her name — Nicola — was the #1 baby girl name in Scotland the year before, in 1975.

In the U.S., Nichola has never been among the 1,000 most popular baby names, but variant Nicola managed to make the list a handful of times in the 1960s and 1970s.

So how did Nichola get her name?

The night before she went into labour my mother dreamed of having a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy called Nicholas, a name she had never thought of before. She always said if I’d been a boy she’d planned to called me Robert, after her favourite brother. But out I popped (sun-roof, not car door); a dark haired, dark-eyed girl. A disappointment from the first. So she lopped off the S and called me Nichola. My entire life has been spent saying things like, “There’s an H in it.” – “N-i-c-o-l-a-h?” – “No.” *sigh*

What does Nichola like about her name?

I suppose there are no ‘bad’ nicknames you can get out of it.

What does she not like about it?

At first I kind of liked my name but over the years I’ve met and got to know so many other Nicolas (never with the same spelling as me, with the H) that it seems a bit common now. Also, people tend to shorten it to Nicky without asking, which I don’t like, as it’s a forced intimacy. Personally, I think Nichola is my name, so that’s what you should call me. Or ‘Nick’. It’s a more masculine sounding nickname than the girly ‘Nicky’, and I am not overtly girly. Plus, Nick reminds me of ‘Auld Nick’.

Thanks so much, Nichola!