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  1. Love the PR Beauty Queen reference. Not only did Ingrid Rivera serve as Miss World Puerto Rico but she also represented PR in the Miss Universe Pageant. Alas, she didn't place, a rare thing for a Puerto Rican beauty. Orgullo!
  2. Thank you Ormond. I knew the dates didn't jive but was curious about the list and how it came about.
  3. Hi Ormond! Thank you for your column. I was wondering why the US government decided to start keeping a list of baby names in 1880. What was the rationale behind it or benefit to the government? It's very interesting.
  4. Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it when you respond to my queries. I think you are awesome. In your Daniel column you posted: "Daniel, like most Old Testament names, receded in popularity in the late 19th century, but it never became rare." Is there a theory on why these names receded?
  5. Ahaha! Kylo. I'm partial to Michael and James as I have one of each. On a different note, I am watching American Gods on tv. One of its characters' names is Bilquis. My father's first girlfriend's name was Belkis, same name. I just found out that Bilkis was the Queen of Sheba. Do you have any details about this name and its origin?
  6. I really liked this one. I had no idea that Tracy came from Theresa. It makes complete sense. We almost always call Teresas Tere as, at least in PR , we like to use nicknames, diminutives, and shortening of names as a show of affection. Also, when combined, María Teresa is pronounced with a soft accent on the Ma rather than a stronger one on the ía. It flows nicely that way.
  7. North of Gainesville, Florida, (where I used to live,) is the small city of Waldo. According to the National Motorists Association's 2012 report, Waldo was ranked third in its list of "Worst Speed Trap Cities" in North America. We all ew about Waldo! http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-town-infamous-for-speed-traps-disbanding-police-force/
  8. Thank you for the information. I'm going to check the World Herald site. I wasn't aware of it.
  9. Hi Ormond! Is there a way for me to search your articles by names?
  10. My Grandma Isabel was a very proper lady. She named my Aunt after Vivien Leigh. My Mom's name is Beatriz, a Queen's name. I miss my Grandma and Mom. Thank you for the clarification.
  11. Carol seems to be a name from the generation of my parents. Caroline is more popular now. I have a question. My grandmother named my Aunt Vivien. She claimed that Vivian was the male version of said name. Can you confirm or deny? If you want to or have time. Thank you!
  12. I found it interesting and a little confusing that "Hamilton" won for fictional name. Also surprised that Obama wasn't a choice.
  13. Have you ever written something about your given name? I'd like to know all about it,
  14. Excellent column about Collum. We visited Florence this past September. I didn't know that Arno comes from the Latin word for lion. Another cool thing is that my father's Parish is St. Columkille. The location? Iona Road.
  15. Did I ever tell you I bought a dress like yours at the con, from the same vendor? I love it but now I don't think I could wear it.
  16. Very sad how so many women were martyred because they refused to marry men chosen by their parents. Maybe they saw themselves as married to Christ, like Saint Catherine of Siena. Others may have just been feminists. Anyway, when I think of Saint Agnes, I think of hospitals. Kind of like Saint Elsewhere, not the newest, nor the most popular, but the most enduring. I don't particularly like the name Agnes as it is pronounced in English, but I really like how it's pronounced in French, Agnès.
  17. As usual, I liked article a lot. We have a son named James who we call Jamie. I think there's also a connection between James and Iago. James, son of Zibedee, is said to be buried in Sant' Iago de Compostela, Spain. I visited Santiago in August. The Cathedral is beautiful. Iago has become Diego in Spanish. I always think of poor Desdemona when I hear the name Iago.
  18. Thank you for the link. Great as usual. My favorite Robert is Rob Roy MacGregor as my husband's last name is derived from his clan. Also now I know where the Spanish name Rigoberto comes from. I don't think it's a particularly attractive name. Oddly, you still see it in PR.
  19. In August I visited an 11th century monastery in Spain. The hotel historian pointed to a millennial oak. Like you said, the structure was built on a former Gaelic sacred site. Asturias and Galicia (Gales) were initially Gaelic. A castro was a Gaelic settlement. The last name Castro pertains to such locations.
  20. L.G. was born in Ontario and emigrated to Oregon. Thank you for your answer! Anything goes when it comes to names.
  21. I always like and appreciate your columns. I've been conducting ancestry searches. My husband, I found out, has a great-grandfather whose name was L.G. All official documents show him as L. G. Was this common in the 1800's? Initials only that don't stand for anything but sound good together? I find it to be very interesting.
  22. I don't know. I'm disappointed that Jon and Sansa didn't communicate well. They just aren't as close as we wish they'd be. Both of them well too self-righteous and in the process there were many unnecessary deaths. That scene when the dog eats the face and Sansa retracts and then re-approaches was perfectly filmed.
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