Sibset of the Week: The Ryders

Shaun Ryder, from mirror.co.uk

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here started up again last night, so it seems right to post this edition of Sibset of the Week now, given that the father took part in last year series and came second. His name brings me onto a discussion about Irish name, since I have a floating opinion when it comes to Irish names and what spelling to use. Now may a good time to shout about my Irish credentials: My Nana is from Roscommon, which I’ve visited once. I very rarely mention the fact about me being Irish because it doesn’t really play a part in my life, and that most people take it as a given when they see my hair colour. That said, my other grandmother has exactly the same hair colour as me (she’s basically a slightly older version of me in everyway), but hasn’t a drop of Irish blood, only a tad of Welsh.

Why am I harping on about the Irish? Well, it sets up my next statement: I’ve always had my doubts on using Shaun instead of Sean. It seems odd for me to say this, when I was bleeting on about using traditionally male nicknames for girls on Saturday, but I grew up with Wallace&Gromit, hence Shaun the Sheep. It’s one of those forever associations you just can’t quite shake.

Now that I’ve got that over with, let’s talk about Shaun Ryder, who is a British musician, playing in Happy Mondays and Black Grape before becoming a journalist/television personality. In 1991 he welcomed his first daughter with Trish:

Jael Otis

Followed by a second daughter with Oriole in 1994:

Coco Sian

And then a son in 2002 with Felicia:

Joseph

Finally, he welcomed two more daughters with Joanne in 2008 and 2009, respectively:

Pearl

Lulu

He has also adopted Joanne’s son Oliver, who came along in 1993. Taken together, they’re an eclectic list to say the least, but there are some intriguing picks, such as Otis for a lass, which could easily have been chosen for family reasons. Pearl and Lulu are adorable together, too, even with big sister Coco.

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5 thoughts on “Sibset of the Week: The Ryders

  1. Every time I hear Jael I’m reminded of the America’s Next Top Model contestant. Sorry, I don’t have anything more insightful to add, lol.

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  2. Wow that’s a lot of different women! (It’s funny that a woman with children from four different fathers is given a very crude designation that doesn’t seem to apply to a man with children from four mothers).

    Pearl and Lulu make me smile because they both mean the same thing in different languages. Lulu is an Arabic name meaning “pearl”.

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  3. Awkward Turtle

    I think that Joanne was a good naming influence, myself.

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  4. namemuststay

    And Coco Sian is Donovan’s grandaughter!

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