Ormond Posted September 26, 2022 Author Share Posted September 26, 2022 (edited) 7 hours ago, Wade1865 said: Ormond -- well written article, thank you for sharing! A few interesting ideas you could cover (if you haven't already): 1) why the contemporary butchering of names; e.g., Jasmyn vs Jasmine, Brandyn vs Brandon, Jaxson vs Jackson, et al. 2) what's the origin of diminutives of James vs Jim or Jimmy; Richard vs Dick; William vs Bill, John vs Jack, et al. 3) what's the origin / evolution of African-American names like Tayshaun, Deontay, Lashawn, et al. And I'd be curious how much of an impact the French language had on their development. Obviously people who respell names don't think they are "butchering" them but believe they are enhancing them to promote their child's individuality. I wrote a column on Jack in October 2020: https://omaha.com/entertainment/evans-jacks-reach-has-stretched-from-nursery-rhymes-to-literary-heroes/article_6326a701-6ea9-5f9d-9945-6e89260643d8.html Dick is a medieval rhyming nickname for Richard. In medieval times names that started with R- had rhyming nicknames starting with D- and H-. People whose surnames are Dixon or Hicks had medieval ancestors named Richard, while Dobson and Hobbs go back to Robert and Hodges and Dodge go back to Roger. The huge modern popularity of invented names in the African-American community goes back to the 1960s, when Black Pride led parents to turn the formerly prejudiced idea that "Black people have funny names" (statistically mostly untrue before 1960) into a positive, that "we are the people who give our children unique creative names as a sign of how much we love them." De- and La- were the first popular prefixes because they were abstracted out of French or Dutch surnames such as DeWitt and Lafayette. Black Americans didn't invent this idea -- White Americans had turned Duane into DeWayne and created names like Ladonna well before the 1960s. Edited September 26, 2022 by Ormond remove extraneous word Wade1865 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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