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Friday, 12 August 2016



The earliest person we know the name of is a Mesopotamian called Kushim who lived over 5000 years ago.

One of the most prevalent superstitions in Ancient Egypt was connected with the religion of names. The Egyptians gave to each of their gods a name indicative of special office and attributes.

A cartouche indicates that the Egyptian hieroglyphs enclosed are a royal name.

Some theologians believe that the Israelites were influenced by this superstition during their long bondage in Egypt and that it is to that, which Moses refers in Exodus 3 v13 and that out of indulgence to this weakness, God was pleased to give Himself a name.

For every 1,000 men living in London in the year 1260, 176 had the first name John — the most common male name then, and the most common in England for the next 500 years.

For 500 years from the 13th century, 70 per cent of Englishmen were called Robert, John, Thomas, Richard or William.

In 1379, more than 600 years ago, a baby girl in Yorkshire was christened Diot Coke.

Middle names were unusual before 1800. The term 'middle name' was first used in 1835.


Wendy's popularity as a girl's name is attributed to the character Wendy Darling from J.M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and its novelization Peter and Wendy seven years later. The name was inspired by young Margaret Henley, daughter of Barrie's poet friend W. E. Henley. With the common childhood difficulty pronouncing Rs, Margaret reportedly used to call him 'my fwiendy-wendy'.

Wendy Darling sits mending clothes in the Underground Home

The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice.

The name Imogen is a mistake. Shakespeare wrote ‘Innogen’ in the play Cymbeline and the printer misread it.

The girl’s name Miranda was invented by Shakespeare for a character in The Tempest.

The female name Vanessa was invented by the satirist Jonathan Swift for his lover Esther Vanhomrigh.


The 'O' in front of so many Irish names actually means 'descendant of.'

Today, a third of American boys have a name that ends with 'n,' largely due to names like 'Aiden,' 'Jaden,' and 'Braden.'

It is traditional in parts of China to wait until a baby is 100 days old before naming it. This is a throwback to the days of high infant mortality rates.

60% of South Korean families use professionals to find a name for their newborns.

The majority of Vietnamese people have the last names Nguyen (46%) or Tran (13%).

In 2014, Saudi Arabia banned the baby name "Linda" due to its association with Western culture.

Babies’ names in Iceland must be approved by a naming committee. Among names that have been banned are Duncan, Harriet, Ludwig and Zoe.

Ivan is just the Slavic variant of the name “John.”


William Lear, Founder of the Lear Jet Corporation, named one of his daughters Crystal Shanda Lear.

All five of the boxer George Foreman's sons are named George. One of his daughters is called Georgetta. He said: "I called them all George because I was worried that when I was older I might suffer from memory loss. I would have called my five girls George, too, but my wife said she thought that was overkill."

Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian named their two children North West (born June 15, 2013 and Saint West (born December 5, 2015).

The actor Matthew McConaughey's brother, Rooster McConaughey, named his son Miller Lyte and got free beer for a year.

Tina Fey's first name is not short for "Christina," but for "Stamatina," her original middle name.


The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems than boys with common names. Girls don't seem to have this problem.

People with positive initials like A.C.E., J.O.Y., or H.U.G. live 3 to 4.5 years longer than average.

Ann Pepper, who was born in Liverpool in 1882, was given 26 names — one for each letter of the alphabet, except the ‘P’ for her surname. Her full name was: Ann Bertha Cecilia Diana Emily Fanny Gertrude Hypatia Iug Jane Kate Louisa Maud Nora Orphelia Quince Rebecca Starkey Teresa Ulysis Venus Winifred Xenophen Yetty Zeus Pepper.

Sean is pronounced Shawn because it comes from John. The Irish language does not have the sound which English typically writes as "J".

You are a Jr. if you're named after your father, but a II (second) if you take the name from someone else in the family.

Here is a list of songs with girls names in the title.

Here is a list of songs with boys names in the title.

Source Daily Mail

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