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Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:18 PM
If any of the above are your name, please don't be offended. I'm just curious about the extent to which any of these names are used today. Almost all of them were among the 100 to 500 most popular baby names in 1900.

Poll coming, by gum.

The rules for checking off a name: you have to have actually spoken in person or on the telephone with a person with that name. Second-hand knowledge doesn't count.

At the end of Part 1, check off the number of names (to a maximum of 26) that you individually checked.

On your mark, get set, wait for the poll, waaaaait for iiiiiiiiittt....

Skip Towne
03-04-2007, 07:24 PM
Where's the damn poll?

noa
03-04-2007, 07:25 PM
The anticipation is unbearable

cdcox
03-04-2007, 07:26 PM
My relatives are going to have a lot of hits on this list.

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:26 PM
Calm down, Thaddeus and Dewey. It's up now.

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:29 PM
Dang. I just remembered a Fred and a Thaddeus, but I've already voted.

crazycoffey
03-04-2007, 07:31 PM
will Kat suffice for kitty?

noa
03-04-2007, 07:34 PM
I knew 8 names

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:36 PM
will Kat suffice for kitty?

The judges say no. Same species, but a completely different name.

crazycoffey
03-04-2007, 07:38 PM
The judges say no. Same species, but a completely different name.

well that takes one away from me, now I.....wait I'll do a recount....

Dicky McElephant
03-04-2007, 07:38 PM
Dear Lord.....16 names for me.

I work for a guy named Ira.

noa
03-04-2007, 07:40 PM
While not on the list, I have an aunt named Dottie

crazycoffey
03-04-2007, 07:42 PM
OK, another qualifing question, what about if it was someone's last name?

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:45 PM
OK, another qualifing question, what about if it was someone's last name?

Last names do not count, unless it's one of those Chinese situations where the last name is really the first name and the first name is really the last name.

UteChief
03-04-2007, 07:46 PM
If we knew these names from people on tv does it count?

crazycoffey
03-04-2007, 07:46 PM
Last names do not count, unless it's one of those Chinese situations where the last name is really the first name and the first name is really the last name.


no, it's not a chinese situation, I know a few people with last names like Arnold or dewie

Hydrae
03-04-2007, 07:48 PM
My mothers name is Myrna although she has always gone by her middle name, Elaine.

crazycoffey
03-04-2007, 07:48 PM
I got 6, by your rules....

10 by mine:p

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:51 PM
My count:

1. First-grade classmate was named Dewey. I remember that because at the time I recognized the name from Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald Duck's nephews.

2. High school classmate named Fred, but he didn't like to be called that and was rather large and violent to start with. He accidentally shot himself at one point, and ended up in prison on sex assault.

3. Have a current social acquaintance named Ira.

4. There was a kind of crazy lady in my hometown named Opal, and she would talk to anyone nearby, including me, but I never talked back, so she doesn't count.

5. I've known at least three Ruths. One great aunt, one high school acquaintance, and one grad school acquaintance.

6. I barely knew a Thaddeus in high school, but probably only talked to him once or twice. He went by "Tad", which I always thought was not as good as Thaddeus.

7. There was an Yvonne at a restaurant that I worked at in high school, but I probably only talked to her once or twice.

I'm kind of surprised that I don't know any old people with these names, other than my great aunt.

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 07:52 PM
If we knew these names from people on tv does it count?

Only if you held a conversation with them while they were on TV.

Skip Towne
03-04-2007, 07:54 PM
My mothers name is Myrna although she has always gone by her middle name, Elaine.
We know it. Redrum introduced us to her. All of us.

Skip Towne
03-04-2007, 07:56 PM
My count:

1. First-grade classmate was named Dewey. I remember that because at the time I recognized the name from Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald Duck's nephews.

2. High school classmate named Fred, but he didn't like to be called that and was rather large and violent to start with. He accidentally shot himself at one point, and ended up in prison on sex assault.

3. Have a current social acquaintance named Ira.

4. There was a kind of crazy lady in my hometown named Opal, and she would talk to anyone nearby, including me, but I never talked back, so she doesn't count.

5. I've known at least three Ruths. One great aunt, one high school acquaintance, and one grad school acquaintance.

6. I barely knew a Thaddeus in high school, but probably only talked to him once or twice. He went by "Tad", which I always thought was not as good as Thaddeus.

7. There was an Yvonne at a restaurant that I worked at in high school, but I probably only talked to her once or twice.

I'm kind of surprised that I don't know any old people with these names, other than my great aunt.
Were Huey, Dewey and Louie Donald's brother's boys?

milkman
03-04-2007, 07:56 PM
I checked 16 names there, and over half of them are related.

luv
03-04-2007, 07:57 PM
My mothers name is Myrna although she has always gone by her middle name, Elaine.
I also know a Myrna that goes by her middle name, Diane.

Skip Towne
03-04-2007, 07:59 PM
I've called Bunnyturder some of those names.

FDS
03-04-2007, 08:00 PM
Over half the names have claimed to have changed my diaper. I guess by saying that they think I owe them. Quite frankly I think I got something over t hem. haha

PBJ FirstDownSamie PBJ

siberian khatru
03-04-2007, 08:17 PM
Most of those I checked are relatives.

banyon
03-04-2007, 08:19 PM
I bet this poll breaks down by age, these names were more common 50 years ago (I think)

Jenny Gump
03-04-2007, 08:27 PM
I took care of each of these people at some point in my nursing career. I am just sure of it.

Phobia
03-04-2007, 08:30 PM
My parents used to go to a church loaded with old ladies. Almost all of them were on that list - except for Wilma. I knew a Wilma as well and I'm really upset it wasn't on your poll.

DaneMcCloud
03-04-2007, 08:30 PM
I've known and worked with people with only three names on that list: Ira, Quincy & Yvonne. All were in the music business and all were over the age of 50 (probably approaching or over 60 by now).

HemiEd
03-04-2007, 08:41 PM
12 times, and I don't get to count the X man, since I didn't really know him.

stumppy
03-04-2007, 08:43 PM
I was in the insurance business for about 10 yrs. and had a lot of senior people as clients so I probably have met or dealt with every one on the list.
A couple of my favorite names were of these twin sisters. Ima Daisy and Ura Tulip. The best by far was of an old married couple from the Truman lake area.

Edith and Given Head.

ROFL

el borracho
03-04-2007, 08:49 PM
I selected 7, although now that I read your extended rules I guess it would be only 5. That may or may not be negated by some of the close but not quites that I have known that aren't on your list, such as Lexter (not Lester) and Betty (not Bertha).


edit: I may have known an Ira at some point but I can't remember for sure. Tally that however you wish (I didn't account for that when I voted).

Zebedee DuBois
03-04-2007, 10:15 PM
I claimed to know 6 of those names. My sister is a Ruth.

No Yvonne, but I knew a Yvette.

Truth be told, most of the people I know with those names are older than me, including my sister.

Oh, my sister in laws mom and aunt, whom I've talked to, are Hermione and Tsnelda.

AZORChiefFan
03-04-2007, 10:17 PM
4

kc rush
03-04-2007, 10:21 PM
I went to school with Fred
Had an ad rep named Ira
Kitty lived next door when I was growing up
I used to work with a Zeke

edit - I forgot about my mom's great aunt Ruth.

Boise_Chief
03-04-2007, 10:24 PM
11

Mile High Mania
03-04-2007, 10:28 PM
My parents have a kitty named Bertha... should I add that to my count totals?

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 11:25 PM
Were Huey, Dewey and Louie Donald's brother's boys?

I don't think his formal relationship to them was ever discussed, other than "Uncle". Plus, they never stated what happened to the parents. In retrospect, I wonder if it could've been one of those Shawn Hornbeck deals.

Rain Man
03-04-2007, 11:25 PM
My parents have a kitty named Bertha... should I add that to my count totals?

Only if they also have a bertha named Kitty.

patteeu
03-04-2007, 11:34 PM
I checked off 8 names. But one of them (Dewey) was a last name so it shouldn't have counted based on your clarification. Luckily, I also knew a Stan which was most likely short for Stanley and since I didn't check that name, 8 is probably still the right answer for me.

On a related note, my wife went to a small nursing school in St. Louis. Once, when I was waiting for her and roaming around in the hallway, I saw a picture of this school's graduating class for a year in the early 1900's. Out of approximately 20 graduates that year, 3 of them were named Ida.

Fishpicker
03-05-2007, 12:00 AM
I checked off Dewey even though the kids name was actually Dewiliger. Everyone called him Dewey

HolmeZz
03-05-2007, 12:02 AM
Clara and Zeke for me.

TinyEvel
03-05-2007, 12:03 AM
My parents always told me that if I was a girl I'd have been named Gertrude (after my mom's aunt).

Damn, I'd have been an ugly chick AND have a bad name. I'd have to call up enDELT to get laid.

Nzoner
03-05-2007, 07:52 AM
Only 6 here and one was a relative.

greg63
03-05-2007, 08:10 AM
5

acesn8s
03-05-2007, 08:16 AM
well that takes one away from me, now I.....wait I'll do a recount....I smell a Florida conspiracy.
I got 6, by your rules....

10 by mine:pcrazycoffey=Al Gore

KC Kings
03-05-2007, 08:21 AM
I had 14, but I am one generation removed from Ozark Americans, so we have a lot of those names in my family. The best is my Dad's cousin Myrna, who is not a lesbian but has been sport the DykeMullet since the early 80's, and still has it to this day. We will stop at the Truman Lake overlook in Warsaw every year or two just to see if she still has it, (she is a park ranger that works there).

StcChief
03-05-2007, 08:24 AM
13. dang.

Here's one. Chauncey

Iowanian
03-05-2007, 08:36 AM
I know alot of people with names like that, some older than Skip, others not so old.

I know a Thaddeus from college and an Ira who would be around 30.

Alot of names are regional. You'll see alot of names out west(Wyoming, rural Dakotas etc) that you won't see in other places. Tater, Cotton, Rooster along with the old-timey.....but not so many Lemonjellos.