Daniel, Dionis, Peter, Stephen, Judith, Susanna, Anna, Mehitable, Hepzibah, Paul
Which of the above names do you like best? Are there any you don’t like at all?
*Dionis’s name is evidently a truncated form of Dionysia, which derives from Dionysius, which originally referred to a devotee of the Greek god Dionysos. The names Dennis and Denise are also derivatives of Dionysius.
**Nantucket’s Oldest House, also called the Jethro Coffin House, was built in 1686 as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin.
A reader named Laurie is trying to find a name for her baby boy:
I am white, my boyfriend is black. […] The problem is he does not want a “ghetto” baby name, but I don’t want a plain old “Matt or Jeff” name. He seems to be stuck on the name Martell but it reminds me of the name Martin…I hate it. He has now said he wants the name to end in -tell, as in “Dontell” (his brother). I am not creative enough to think of any names that end in -tell, please help me.
I couldn’t come up with many -tell names, either. But there are plenty of names that end with an L-sound, such as:
If you’re a huge Oz fan — or just a fan of old-fashioned names generally — here’s a list of (most of) the people who played Munchkins in the legendary 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”:
Adam Albert Arnold August Bela Bernard Billy (2) Carl (2) Carlos Charles (4) Charley Clarence Colonel Dominick Eddie Elmer Emil Eugene Eulie Frank (3) Franklin Franz Fredreich Garland George (2) Gerard Gus Harry Harvey Henry Howard Jack Jakob (2) James (2) Jimmie Jessie John (2) Johnny (3) Joseph (2) Karl Kurt Lajos Leon Lewis Matjus Matthew Meinhardt Mickey Murray Nels Nicholas Parnell Prince Robert Sandor Theodore Tommy Victor Walter Willi William (2)
Addie Alta Ann Betty (2) Carolyn Charlotte Christie Dolly Donna Elizabeth Elly Elsie Emma Ethel Eva Fern Freda Frieda Gertrude Gladys (2) Gracie Hazel (2) Helen (2) Hilda (2) Hildred Jeane Joan Josefine Leona Lida Lillian Margaret (3) Marguerite Marie Mitzi Nita Nona Olga Patsy Priscilla Ruth (2) Shirley Stella Thaisa Valerie Viola Yvonne
While the majority of the 132 Munchkins in the film were played by little people, a handful of the female Munchkins were actually played by child actresses.