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Thursday, November 30, 2006

More on Character Names

I was just reading a capsule summary for a new movie and it mentioned one character with the last name "St. John" or something like that. It got me thinking...

Do any of you know anyone with the last name St. anything? No, not "St. Anything!" I'm 99.9% sure none of you know anyone like that. But St. anything, as in St. John, St. James, St. Swithin, whatever. I'm sure they are out there, but they seem to be much more popular as pseudonyms, or character names in bad novels or soft-core porn. I've been thinking, and I don't know any that I can come up with, and as my parents can confirm, I know a lot of people!

So, any of you out there know a St. something? And I'm not talking about people you've heard of, or people who have changed their names. I mean people that you actually know and who had that name since birth. Chime in!

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13 Comments:

Blogger Chesher Cat said...

I hardly know anyone...but I do know a St. Nicholas.

3:06 AM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Are you talking about Santy Claus, or do you know an actual St. Nick?

And of course, I forgot...

I know a David St. Hubbins! He was, after all, the patron saint of quality footwear.

3:14 AM  
Blogger Webs said...

Jill St. John.

St. John (pronounced sin-gin) is not a unique last name or even given name in the UK.

I even knew a guy whose first name was St. Paul. He had fun online.

3:27 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I went to school with a guy named Ben St. John. His mom, Mrs. Priscilla St. John, was one of my kindergarten teachers. He also had a bunch of brothers and sisters, all St. Johns.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Unk said...

I know 2:

Benjamin St. Crease
Christian St. Christian

Yeah, Christian is catholic.

Unk

4:44 AM  
Blogger Brett said...

I've known two folks with "Saint" last names.

And don;t tell me that David St Hubbins isn't real, man-- I cherish the man's entire catalog.
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3:29 PM  
Blogger Emily Blake said...

There's a teacher at my school named St. John. But we don't pronounce it the British way. We're American over here.

6:54 PM  
Blogger James said...

Bear St. Clair

Not kidding. I remember it because he spelled it 'St.' on his P.E. jersey when I was a kid.

That and the first name 'Bear' is just amazing.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Okay, so I guess the lesson here is that, despite knowign a ton of people, my horizons are apparently not sufficiently broad!

7:26 PM  
Blogger The Moviequill said...

I went to college with Mike St. Eloi who restores classic 60s musclecars now

9:12 PM  
Anonymous chris soth said...

Me too -- Tom St. George...though that has been anglicized from the Hungarian Szentzgyorgi...which he then changed back, I think.

chris

9:07 PM  
Blogger Good Dog said...

I was dug out of the snow once by a St. Bernard.

Which isn't really helping.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Hugo Fuchs said...

Pick up a phonebook and look under ST.

Admittedly, that may be a bit harsh, but sometimes the easy answers are. Remember if you need to find a good name for a character, phone directories are your friend.

Answering the pertinent question: Yes, I knew St. George and probably another one, though my memory fails me at the moment.

7:08 PM  

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