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I don't think I've ever encountered a female Julian. Julie-Anne is a horse of a different colour.

There was Julian of Norwich.

She was an anchoress - which I used to think had some nautical connection.

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There's already Brianne. Does anyone actually know a girl called Douglas? (or is it Doug-lass?)

No. But I'm aware of Miss Michael Learned.

That obnoxious minor Royal who made a prat of herself in New York recently; Princess Michael of Kent. Does she actually have a name of her own? Or is it too German for the great British public to know what it is or something?
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There's already Brianne. Does anyone actually know a girl called Douglas? (or is it Doug-lass?)

No. But I'm aware of Miss Michael Learned.

And whenever the credits of "The Waltons" rolled we wondered exactly what she learned.

Laura
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No. But I'm aware of Miss Michael Learned.

That obnoxious minor Royal who made a prat of herself in New York recently; Princess Michael of Kent. Does she actually have a name of her own? Or is it too German for the great British public to know what it is or something?

We trashed the Princess here (gosh, how time flies) in December 2002:

David
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I don't have access to the 1881 census, but a quick search of the 1891 census returned 433 results for ... either of those indexes (on Ancestry.com) are complete but it gives you an idea of how common the name was.

That's interesting stuff, thanks. Next time, though, it will confuse us simpletons less severely if you post at the bottom, as we tend to expect! You may have been too busy to notice that we do it that way here.
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Have you got anything on the reason ?
Stay tuned,
Mike.
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Just as well Reg Wexford is in Sussex (East or West?) and Morse was in Oxford before he popped his clogs, or it might have got even more crowded. Not to mention Skinner in Edinburgh.

Wexford is in Romsey usually, at least he was last time I worked on the series.

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Your are partially correct. Per a USA baby book of names, a girl named Sydney should be spelled this way. If it is a male it should be spelled Sidney. Once again this was per a USA baby book of names, not me. The kind you get at book stores or hospital gift shops for a newly born persons proud parents. You being from GB could probably have a completely different baby book of names and possibly different interpretations of which sex should be spelled in what fashion.

Mike (Sydney's' dad)
I challenge anyone to come up with an example of a non-Hiberno-Britic(tm) surname(1) that has become a popular first name for either males or females. This practice is pure and laughable Hiberno-Britosupremacism, plain and simple. Coop, j'accuse!

Could you point me to a list of, say, Hispanic or French surnames that didn't start out as first names, so I can be sure I'm giving you what you want?
Looking at the list, I see that "Javier" is ranked 237th, just below Arnold, Harvey, Claude, Darryl, Neil, and Christian. I'm familiar with Stan Javier, who played for the A's and Giants in the late '90s, and his dad Julian, who played for the Cardinals in the sixties, but I suspect that that's a first name becoming a surname rather than the other way around.
(1)Including surnames that are Norman French in origin.

Does that rule our Darcy/D'Arcy?

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No. But I'm aware of Miss Michael Learned.

And whenever the credits of "The Waltons" rolled we wondered exactly what she learned.

You ever find out what did Della wear?

John 'A bright New Jersey?' Dean
Oxford
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