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Re: Name Space

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Oct 31, 2002 at 01:37 UTC ( #209305=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Name Space

For a long time I didn't post here, because, well, there's not much to say: Aristotle is my real first name. Not much of a story, is it? That was my reply to ybiC's idle request in the chatterbox whether everyone present had posted, too. But then it occured to me that it's not exactly a common first name, so the fact might be worth pointing out.

And here I am. So now you know.

[ Update: you may wonder how that happened to become my first name. First of all, it is not that improbable, being that I am Greek. (I was born and live in Germany, myself; my parents immigrated here from Greece. I speak both languages fluently.) Still, the name is still uncommon, even among Greeks. I happen to be called that because in Greek tradition, there is a strict system for naming children. The firstborn male gets the father's father's name; the second gets the mother's father's name. Same goes for the females named after the respective grandmothers. (If there are more children, as was often the case in older times, the chain went on to the include the grand uncles and grand aunts.) All that said, I'm the younger of two brothers and the name of my grandfather on my mother's side is, for whatever reason, Aristotle. And therefore, that is my name also. ]

To spice things up a little, I'll mention the name that I used to go by, here and at many other places: Screamer. I uniformly dropped that nick for personal reasons a while ago. In order to avoid another similar situation should it ever arise again for whichever reason, I requested to have my account name changed to my real first name here although I assumed another pseudonym elsewhere. My real name is obviously not subject to change.

Makeshifts last the longest.


Comment on Re: Name Space
Re^2: Name Space
by bart (Canon) on Oct 08, 2005 at 09:45 UTC
    In Greek tradition there is a strict system for naming children. The firstborn male gets the father's father's name; the second gets the mother's father's name.

    Urm... so what happens if the father's father's name and the mother's father's name are the same? Does the second son get the same first name as the first — or is the naming scheme not so strict after all?

      Remember it is a tradition, one based on obligation within the family, but not the law. And naming the first son after his grandfathers’ shared name fulfills the obligation to both.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

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