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philvantwo
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Real names

Postby philvantwo » 9 May 2020, 5:52pm

I worked with a chap on and off for a number of years and I was informed he passed away a couple of weeks ago, the funeral was last Thursday and there was a website you could log into to watch the service.
All those years and I always knew him as Colin, turns out that was his middle name as he didn't like his first name which was Derek!
Is there anybody on the forum who's done this?

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Re: Real names

Postby wirral_cyclist » 9 May 2020, 6:14pm

It's pretty much compulsory for most North Walians I know to use their middle name as their forename is the same as their dad - back generations.
If you're going to always use the middle name it might as well be your forename and dad can have the middle slot.

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Re: Real names

Postby philvantwo » 9 May 2020, 7:46pm

Didn't know that! Ooooh mick f was born up there, I wonder if mick is his middle name?

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Re: Real names

Postby Mick F » 9 May 2020, 8:06pm

Sigh ................

Said it before.
Come on Phil, keep up! :D

I'm a Stephen Michael.
Always been known as Michael ........ but .....

I remember being in the school playground - aged maybe 10 - and hearing someone referring to me as Mick.
Never considered myself as Mick, and no-one in the family has ever - even now - called me Mick ............. but I've been Mick ever since to anyone who knows me, professionally and socially, and I introduce myself to anyone - even people in power and/or authority - as Mick.
Mrs Mick F knows me as Mick. She met me as Mick, and been married for 46 years as Mick.
I am Mick, and not or never Stephen!

Mrs Mick F's father was a Allan Roy.
No-one in the whole world knew him as Allen.
He was Roy to everyone.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Real names

Postby pwa » 9 May 2020, 9:34pm

My father had the Irish name Liam but was known to a lot of people as Bill because the English equivalent of Liam is William, and when he first came to Britain in the 1950s he wanted to fit in. When he returned to Ireland he became Liam again. But then at the age of about 70 he got hold of a copy of his long lost birth certificate which he had never seen and he was down on it as William! He had always thought his official name was Liam.

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Re: Real names

Postby Cugel » 10 May 2020, 7:48am

philvantwo wrote:I worked with a chap on and off for a number of years and I was informed he passed away a couple of weeks ago, the funeral was last Thursday and there was a website you could log into to watch the service.
All those years and I always knew him as Colin, turns out that was his middle name as he didn't like his first name which was Derek!
Is there anybody on the forum who's done this?


Wot, "passed away, thus revealing their real name"? How can they tell you? :-)

Where did this bit of cloying euphemism come from, btw? What's wrong with, died"; "is now dead" or something less obscure concerning the ceasing-to-be-alive? Where does what pass to and why is it away rather than here? I think we should be told!

Cugel, just passing by the forum.

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Re: Real names

Postby Oldjohnw » 10 May 2020, 8:05am

Boris isn't Boris.
John

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Re: Real names

Postby Ben@Forest » 10 May 2020, 8:39am

A few times over the years I've met people (always men) who have a nickname which is used by everyone. The only person you might hear using their proper name is their wife or possibly their mother and it's slightly confusing when they do because you don't recognise who they're talking about for a second or two.

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Re: Real names

Postby merseymouth » 10 May 2020, 8:45am

Hi, My late father was Francis Clifford, never answered to Francis, Frank, in fact he only responded to either Clifford or Cliff.
When approaching my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary I contacted Buck House for the Queen's Tele Message for them. Full details sent, including copy of Marriage Lines.
They replied to me saying that a message would be sent to Francis & Margaret!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whoa, contacting them they agreed to amend to Clifford & Margaret. Phew.
They got a second message for their 65th, no prompting required that time. MM

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Re: Real names

Postby Mick F » 10 May 2020, 10:13am

Oldjohnw wrote:Boris isn't Boris.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Real names

Postby al_yrpal » 10 May 2020, 10:37am

I had a Goldfish named Derek...

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Re: Real names

Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 May 2020, 10:40am

XTC sang 'Making Pluns for Nigel'

'We couldnae have sung about a Colin or a Graham', explained Colin M of the group :wink:
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Re: Real names

Postby Ben@Forest » 10 May 2020, 10:48am

Cyril Haearn wrote:XTC sang 'Making Pluns for Nigel'

'We couldnae have sung about a Colin or a Graham', explained Colin M of the group :wink:


What's with the 'couldnae' bit? They were (are?) from Swindon.

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Re: Real names

Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 May 2020, 10:50am

Ben@Forest wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:XTC sang 'Making Pluns for Nigel'

'We couldnae have sung about a Colin or a Graham', explained Colin M of the group :wink:


What's with the 'couldnae' bit? They were (are?) from Swindon.

Whatabout the spell corrector, plans, Plus, plums, puns? :wink:
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Re: Real names

Postby simonineaston » 10 May 2020, 11:03am

two people I know well:
* John Derek, always known as Derek, or D
* Ivor James - known to one and all as Ivor, up until his mid forties, when he suddenly switched to James... but only at work - family & friends stuck with Ivor.
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