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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    I wouldn't call a kid of mine Leroy, Suri, or Dimitri, for example...most inappropriate.


    I'd always associated the name Leroy with white dudes who wear overalls with no shirt underneath and work in the type of auto garage/tow service that manages to fix cars without using any parts... they may also sport mullets

    or perhaps bad, bad leroy brown
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    my first and last name have eight letters each and i was born eight eighteen eighty eight and in asian cultures eight symbolizes a number quantifiable but too numerous to count (like stars in the sky) practically and that's about how i feel, a large mass of definite but unshapely properties
    tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers
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    Ryan has been speculated to mean King or Little King/Prince and probably originated in Ireland, although the name was heavily anglicized to become what it is today. I speculate that it may be related to Rey, the spanish word for king, which itself derives from the Latin word Rex. However, as Spanish was heavily saturated with and influenced by the Arabic language, it may also be related to the Arabic word Rayan. There was also a celtic presence in ancient spanish/iberian culture, so this could further suggest that all of these words might share a common origin predating written history. If I remember correctly, the celts and latin speaking people share a common link, as their languages are all part of the Indo-European family.

    I like my name, but I don't think it's influenced who I am as a person.



    I'm just glad my parents didn't name me Keith or Todd.

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    I'd always associated the name Leroy with white dudes who wear overalls with no shirt underneath and work in the type of auto garage/tow service that manages to fix cars without using any parts... they may also sport mullets

    or perhaps bad, bad leroy brown
    The only Leroys I know are white guys. One is my maternal grandfather and the other is a nerdy engineer at my work.

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    Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State

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    edit: my mistake. That song was not released until 1986.

    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    I think it's bullshit, my name is Elizabeth but everyone's called me Libby since I was 2, so maybe it does. But i've known other Libby's (yes they exist) and most of them were really bitchy and queen beeish. And I can be bitch but I've never been a queen bee
    I've always liked Elizabeth but I never understood Libby as a nickname.

    I used to play in a band with a chick named Elizabeth but she went by Lyz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starcrash View Post
    Ryan has been speculated to mean King or Little King/Prince and probably originated in Ireland, although the name was heavily anglicized to become what it is today. I speculate that it may be related to Rey, the spanish word for king, which itself derives from the Latin word Rex. However, as Spanish was heavily saturated with and influenced by the Arabic language, it may also be related to the Arabic word Rayan. There was also a celtic presence in ancient spanish/iberian culture, so this could further suggest that all of these words might share a common origin predating written history. If I remember correctly, the celts and latin speaking people share a common link, as their languages are all part of the Indo-European family.

    I like my name, but I don't think it's influenced who I am as a person.



    I'm just glad my parents didn't name me Keith or Todd.



    The only Leroys I know are white guys. One is my maternal grandfather and the other is a nerdy engineer at my work.



    Is it a coincidence that Amanda started gaining popularity right around the time that Boston song was a big hit?

    edit: my mistake. That song was not released until 1986.



    I've always liked Elizabeth but I never understood Libby as a nickname.

    I used to play in a band with a chick named Elizabeth but she went by Lyz.
    yeah it doesn't make sense usually. but apparently when I was 2 or 3 i was called lizzy but i couldn't do z's in the middle of words and they came out b's and i had a sitter that decided i looked like a libby and it stuck. but i thought my name was libby until until i was 7 and we had to get icons of our patron saint's blessed by the priest and i had to choose an elizabeth i had no idea that was my name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    yeah it doesn't make sense usually. but apparently when I was 2 or 3 i was called lizzy but i couldn't do z's in the middle of words and they came out b's and i had a sitter that decided i looked like a libby and it stuck. but i thought my name was libby until until i was 7 and we had to get icons of our patron saint's blessed by the priest and i had to choose an elizabeth i had no idea that was my name.
    As a nickname, it probably originated in american schools at a time when it was very common for several people to have the same name in a single classroom. Hence nicknames such as Jack for John--it doesn't make sense now because usually a nickname serves to shorten a longer name, which Jack in no way does to John, nor does it sound remotely similar, save for sharing one letter. However, suppose you were named John in a classroom in 1920. Chances are you were probably not the only John in that classroom, so the teacher needed an easy way to distinguish his or her students and make it easier to call on students who shared names without causing confusion.

    Still, how the hell people came up with some of these nicknames is beyond me. Libby as a nickname for Elizabeth at least makes more sense than Jack as a nickname for John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starcrash View Post
    As a nickname, it probably originated in american schools at a time when it was very common for several people to have the same name in a single classroom. Hence nicknames such as Jack for John--it doesn't make sense now because usually a nickname serves to shorten a longer name, which Jack in no way does to John, nor does it sound remotely similar, save for sharing one letter. However, suppose you were named John in a classroom in 1920. Chances are you were probably not the only John in that classroom, so the teacher needed an easy way to distinguish his or her students and make it easier to call on students who shared names without causing confusion.

    Still, how the hell people came up with some of these nicknames is beyond me. Libby as a nickname for Elizabeth at least makes more sense than Jack as a nickname for John.
    true my dad's name was jack (not a nickname) so i didn't know until recently jack could be a nickname for john
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post


    I'd always associated the name Leroy with white dudes who wear overalls with no shirt underneath and work in the type of auto garage/tow service that manages to fix cars without using any parts... they may also sport mullets
    I have never heard of a Anglo-Saxon boy being named Leroy; it strikes me as about at black a name as there is. Obviously I'm moving in different social circles to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    true my dad's name was jack (not a nickname) so i didn't know until recently jack could be a nickname for john
    When I was a kid I got confused when old people reminisced about jack kennedy before I figured out he was jfk's alterego/superhero by night or whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    I have never heard of a Anglo-Saxon boy being named Leroy; it strikes me as about at black a name as there is. Obviously I'm moving in different social circles to you.


    Leroy Gordon Cooper, Mercury astronaut; the tenth man in space.



    Leroy Anderson, composer.


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    I knew a Leroy he was Indian and was born in Bahrain but his parents immigrated from India then to here. He was definetly not Anglo-Saxon
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