What’s in a Name?

I have often thought that it would be fun to change my name by deed poll. Β The change I would make would be to alter my middle name to Danger, then I could honestly say “Danger is my middle name,”.

It’s not the strongest joke in the world but it would amuse me, even though the most dangerous thing about me is my full fat diet.

The first site I looked at rather put me off, as they revealed that they have at least one application a week to add Danger as a middle name. I was hoping to be a trail blazer rather than join a movement.

Then I read this article and started to think of the downside of a novelty name.

The original draft used the expression “final nail in the coffin”. I cut it in the final version, but it reminded me of an unusual name I once saw.

Pine-Coffin is the name. There are three Pine-Coffins listed by the Commonwealth Graves Commission, which is where I first saw the name. One was killed in the Second World, a second is commemorated on the Archangel Memorial to those killed in the North Russia campaign who have no known grave. The third died at home in 1919 aged 52 – his son had an interesting career in WW2.

22 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. jodierichelle

    No Austin Powers fans here? In one movie he says “Danger is my middle name.” . . .

    I guess I should be ashamed to be able to quote that. Alas, I am not.

  2. derrickjknight

    The father of a friend of mine was a vicar. Their surname begins with T. When my friend fathered his own son and gave him a first name also beginning with T, I opined that he would have to be careful about the second name. “Dad favours Isaac” was the reply.

  3. Lavinia Ross

    Good luck, Quercus! I already know someone called “Dangerous Dan”. He lives near one of my cousins and fires a rifle off his back porch. πŸ™‚

    My own first name is not common over here. I get some unusual spellings and pronunciations of it.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        It was tradition in my mother’s family to name one daughter in each generation “Lavinia”. I am the last of my kind, the family pterodactyl. πŸ™‚

      2. quercuscommunity

        I like the idea of a “family pterodactyl”. It sounds like an aunt with a long ointy finger, like my great great Aunt Maud, who used to terrify me when I was three years old, though she was, I’m told, a very nice lady, just old and thin and Victorian. πŸ™‚

  4. PoojaG

    Haha good one Danger πŸ˜‰ This kind of reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons where Homer changes his name to Max Power πŸ˜‚


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