In March of 2006, a Scottish woman named Shirley Anne Hodge went into labor amid wintry weather that turned the 40-minute drive to Ayrshire Central Hospital into a trek that “took four hours and involved three vehicles, including a helicopter.” (The other two vehicles were an ambulance and a police jeep, both of which got stuck in snow.)
After the airlift, she gave birth to a baby girl at the hospital.
The baby’s name? Skye.
My hunch is that the name was a nod to the helicopter ride, though my source didn’t state that explicitly.
(Another potential influence might be Scotland’s Isle of Skye.)
In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded Ireland’s now-famous Guinness Brewery.
A couple of years later, in 1761, he married his wife Olivia. She had 21 pregnancies — 10 live births and 11 miscarriages. (“It is a testament to her solid constitution that she survived 21 pregnancies in an era when so many women died in childbirth.”)
Here are the names of their ten children (4 girls, 6 boys):
Elizabeth (born in 1763)
Arthur II (1768)
William Lunell (1779)
John Grattan (1783)
Mary Anne (1787)
Three of Arthur’s sons — Arthur II, Benjamin, and William Lunell — ended up working in the family business.
I don’t know where the middle name “Lunell” came from, but “Grattan” was a surname on Olivia’s side of the family. It was her mother’s maiden name, and it was also the surname of distant cousin/politician Henry Grattan, “through whose lobbying major changes in the fiscal status of beer were eventually secured, most dramatically with the abolition of the excise duty on beer in 1795.”