Edward Hughes Ball Hughes, meet Edward Hugesson Knatchbull-Hugessen
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on January 26, 1998 at 09:41:08:
In response to keeping names, written by Laura W on January 25, 1998 at 17:32:34
] A crazy one was "Golden Ball" Hughes. His mother was a Hughes, and as the custom was, he was christened with Hughes as his middle name, so he was Edward Hughes Ball (c. 1798-1863). He then inherited a fortune from his mother's brother, and so he changed his name in 1819 in honor of him, becoming Edward Hughes Ball Hughes.
Jane Austen's niece Fanny Knight's oldest son, the editor of the first edition of the letters, rejoiced in the sobriquet Edward Hugesson Knatchbull-Hugesson ;-)
] this is one of my greatest pet peeves about modern Regency novels-- overuse of first names.
Such as "Call me Sophy -- everybody does" in Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy? ;-)
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