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From: "Daphne Strand" <>
Subject: Re: [CORNISH] "Nicknames" or shortened names
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:28:09 -0000
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Rodger" <>
To: "Daphne Strand" <>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [CORNISH] "Nicknames" or shortened names


> On 11 Jan 2012, at 8:37 PM, Daphne Strand wrote:
>
>> Yes, it does. Thankyou, Daphne
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "John Buzacott" <>
>> To: "Daphne Strand" <>;
>> <>
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:20 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CORNISH] "Nicknames" or shortened names
>
> I believe May is a name in its own right (name of a flower, as in
> Queen of the May"), but is is also used as a nickname for almost
> anything beginning with M -- Mary, Margaret, etc., take your pick.
> It is of course not the only one of its kind: I had a great-aunt
> known as "Minnie" (Wilhelmina -- and she was Scots, not German, but
> then she had a brother George, also cognate with a German name), and
> it is hard to see the connections between Billy and William, Dick and
> Richard, etc. Harry, on the other side, clearly relates to the
> French pronunciation of Henry.
>
> If comparative linguistics is fascinating, the derivation of names is
> even more so! But there is no getting away from the fact that
> English is a bastard child of numerous other European languages!
>
> Andrew Rodger
>
>
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