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Written by Cheryl
(10/11/2005 10:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Urg! Annoyances with the regency era, penned by helena6
It is certainly not as prevelent as it was, but family names are a long tradition. In my own immediate family, there are five Johns. Thankfully, we rarely had more than three in the same room at one time, and so they became John, Jack, and Johnny.
But there were fewer names back then - it was a fairly enclosed society and they didn't have the contact we do with other cultures and influences as source material for more names. And I think there was a great pride in family names, in the ownership of them. Remember back in ch. 1 which spoke of all the long lines of Elizabeths and Marys in the family.
I've always been kind of disappointed that I have no story attached to my name. All my parents and siblings have great stories about their names. I, the only girl in the family, got named Cheryl because, my Mom says, "Oh, I just liked the name." How boring is that? ;-)
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