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Sibset of the Week: The Weirs

Britain's David Weir (L) competes in the men's 800m T54 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages

Britain’s David Weir (L) competes in the men’s 800m T54 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages

Without a doubt, one of my favourite athletes to watch during London 2012 was David Weir – he was my pick to win Sports Personality of the Year, and he eventually came 5th behind the likes of Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis.

Affectionately known as the Weirwolf during the Paralympics, Weir took part in 7 races over the course of 10 days, totalling a racing length of around 30 miles.

Seriously, this guy is a machine, because he took home four golds (and I was lucky enough to witness the stadium ones, and see him collect some of his medals) in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the marathon. His category for all races was T54, which translates to:

T – identifies him as a track athlete

54 – identifies him as a wheelchair athlete

The other number categories works out like this:

  • 11-13, visual impairment, with 11 being completely blind (did anyone see the blind races where each athlete had a guide? amazing)
  • 20, intellectual impairment
  • 31-38, cerebral palsy
  • 42-46, amputees

The athletes are assessed for the severity of their disability and thus assigned a number. For example, with the visual impairment category, those given the 11 classification are entitled to a guide runner, whilst those classified as 13 do not as their disability is assessed to be less severe and thus they do not require a guide.

David Weir has three children, one of which arrived in October 2012. His eldest is a daughter from a previous relationship:

Ronie, circa 2002/2003

Mason, 2011

Tillia Grace London, 2012

I looked up Tillia in the rankings, or at least, attempted to for she does not rank. However, Tilia does at #5785 with 3 girls given the name in England&Wales in 2011. Even more curiously, Ronie does not rank, but Ronnie does for girls at #776 with 48 receiving the name.

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Family Tree Alternatives

Usually when people ask for alternatives of other names, they tend to look at similar-sounding names. However, in this post we’re delving into names related to popular names and picking out some intriguing possibilities for alternative names.

1. Harry and Amelia

Harry was born as a nickname for Henry, and these days is living it large in the #1 spot. Another offshoot of Henry is the Scottish variant Hendry.

Whilst choices were plentiful for Harry, the pool of potential names is smaller for Amelia and basically revolves around the same letter combinations, e.g. Amalia, Amélie etc. Perhaps the best bet is Emelia.

2. Oliver and Olivia

There are plenty of weird and wonderful international variants of Oliver, but I’m rather partial to Noll, which is an old medieval diminutive for the name.

Oliver and Olivia are interrelated, and my favourite other female name in the family tree is almost certainly Olivette.

3. Jack and Lily

There were quite literally a bazillion choices for both names here; in terms of Jack I’m thinking either the Welsh Ianto, or the French Yannick. The name Ianto is a diminutive, like Jack, of Ifan which is the Welsh form of John. As for Yannick, he comes from Yann which is the Breton form of John.

However, a last minute acknowledgement must go to the name Manech: he’s the Basque form of Jean, and Jean is of course the French form of John.

Then we have Lily, and my initial thought was the Scottish form of Lilian: Lillias or Lileas. Or go psuedo-chemistry with Lilium.

4. Alfie and Jessica

The complete opposite of the above pair of names, in that both Alfie and Jessica have few options. Alfie is, of course, a nickname for Alfred, and my best suggestion is Avery: a medieval form of Alfred.

Jessica is a toughie for the simple reason that she has few cousins, however Iscah is an intriguing possibility, being a possible source of the name Jessica.

5. Charlie and Emily

Charlie is a nickname for Charles, and in France they have Charlot. Anyone familiar with the French language will note that the t is silent, thus the name does not sound like Charlotte, more like SHAR-lo.

With Emily we encounter the same problems as with Amelia; there is a tenuous link between Emily and the Welsh name Emlyn, but alas, Emlyn is technically a male name. Best suggestion is likely to be either Emmy, Émilienne or Aemilia.

6. Thomas and Sophie

The Welsh short form for Thomas is Twm (said something like tuwm), or alternatively there is the Scottish variant Tavish.

As for Sophie, in Scandinavia they use Vivi as a nickname for Sofia.

7. Jacob and Ruby

There are, again, a plethora of options to choose from here, but I’m opting for the short’n’sweet option with Jeb.

Being a word name makes Ruby difficult, but the French for Ruby is Rubis and the German is Rubin.

8. James and Grace

For James, I would opt for Jem, which is an old and now rarely used nickname for James.

Ditto Ruby when it comes to Grace; once more turning to French we have both Grâce and Joliesse as translations. The former isn’t so practical, given that the French pronounce it to sound more like grass than grace.

9. Joshua and Ava

We’re venturing into the Arab world for Joshua, with the name Isa; the Arabic form of Jesus.

As for Ava, Chava is undoubtedly a wonderful suggestion – being the Hebrew form of Eve – but she’s mostly reserved to parts of the world not inflicted with the word chav. There is also the option of Hungarian name Évike.

10. William and Isabella

With William, I’m thinking maybe the German and Dutch dimiutive, Wim. Aside from him, we also have the option of Wiley, or even the Dutch Pim.

As for Isabella, being related to Elizabeth gives us plenty of options. As for the ones vaguely similar to Isabella, we have the German name Ilsa, which is a diminutive of Elisabeth.

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RAC Names


I had every intention of posting last night, but in my commute home my car went on strike and, well, it’s now at the garage awaiting repair.

I’m happy to take inspiration from everywhere, so it seems a good time to muse about names containing the letters Rac, given that I was rescued by the breakdown company RAC.

The RAC was formed in the late 70s, and was formed as a section of the Royal Automobile Club, which no longer owns the company.

It quickly became clear after my brilliant plan had formed that there exist few names which could potentially be included in this post, but I duly stuck with it anyway.

The most obvious name to mention is Rachel. She is a Hebrew name meaning ewe and in the Bible was the mother of Benjamin and Joseph. Whilst widely used in the Jewish community throughout the Middle Age, she only really picked up into common use during the 16th century. Another popular name to contain these letters is Grace, possibly the most popular virtue name the world over.

But don’t quote me on that.

After that, we mostly go outside the realm of popular names in the English-speaking world (save for a passing mention to Tracy), and the next name I found comes from Spain.

The name is Araceli, and she means altar in the sky; right underneath Araceli in my name book is Arachne, a Greek name meaning spider.

The tale from Greek mythology goes that there was once a beautiful lady named Arachne who was really rather good at weaving. Being the confident type she challenged Athene to a weave-off who became enraged over the subject matter of her weaving and promptly turned her into a spider.

From nature we get the name Bracken, a rather ancient plant found in moorland and woods. There exists an old belief that if you burn Bracken outside, then it will rain. The name comes from Old Norse and means fern.

The last name I wanted to mention is Zarachiel, as it is the name of ones of the archangels. The name is Hebrew in origin, and means God’s command.

It may not be an infinite pool of names, but they’re all rather interesting in their own ways.

And that’s all they need to be.

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Sibset of the Week: The Redmonds & Regises

Derek Redmond from the famed 1992 race, from

Today we’re looking back into sport history, specifically to the 1991 World Championships when 4 plucky Brits grabbed gold from under the noses of Team USA in the men’s 4x400m relay.

The two members of that squad whom we’re specifically looking at today are Derek Redmond and John Regis.

Aside from that 1991 race, there’s another one that Derek Redmond is particularly well-known for – and it happened at an Olympics Game. Specifically the 1992 Barcelona games.

In the semi-final of the 400m his hamstring snapped. This didn’t stop him though, up he got and off he hobbled to the finish aided by his father. It’s since become a famed Olympics incident.

Incidently, Papa Redmond was one of the many torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic flame relay.

The reason I picked Redmond and Regis out was because both had children with other athletes, which makes the families doubly notable.

In the case of Redmond, he has two children with former swimmer Sharron Davies, who won gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The names of their children are:

Elliott Anthony, 1993

Grace Elizabeth, 1998

Both pretty typical names, but you can’t knock the classics.

Then we have John Regis, who is married sprinter Jennifer Stoute. She won gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in the 4x400m relay, and together they have two daughters:

Alicia Jazmin, 2001

Renee Stefani, 2005

Certainly more modern in style than the previous two, but perfectly suited for one another.

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Name Spot of the Week: Exam Names

Exan season is upon me, and now that I’m A-Level, my science exams lack the names that made the Science SAT paper so much more interesting. Nowadays, I have to live with ‘student’, but luckily I take French&Psychology, who do use names, albeit French more than Psychology.

My year was the last to take the Year 9 Sats tests, which contained names such as Tracy, Brian and Ranjit. Yes, Ranjit. Either him or brother Sanjit always made an appearence, in an effort to stay PC, more than anything. It certainly added some humour to the proceedings.

Some other notable names from past papers:

Abdel. Past French Paper.

Adama. Past French Paper.

Angus. Past Psychology Paper.

Bénédicte. Past French Paper.

Bérengere. Past French Paper. There should be a grave accent on the 3rd e, but alas, my keyboard is not French. Bit of trivia for you: English keyboards have qwerty, for the French, it’s azerty.

Bernard. Past French Paper.

Cécile. Past French Paper.

Maika. Past French Paper.

Nina. Past French Paper.

Thibault. It’s a scandal I forgot to include this delightful French names on my recent -o names that aren’t really -o names list, and for those not in the know, it’s tee-bo.

Vandita&Sandra. These two appeared in the same question in a past psychology paper, the mind boggles.

Xavier. I’ve seen him crop up at least twice on past French Edexcel AS-Level exams. (Quick note about English schooling: Edexcel is the name of the exam board, AS is the first year of A-Level, A2 is the second year)

Emma Bunton welcomed a second son this week, fashionably named Tate joins brother Beau. But the best part of the story is the name of the father: Jade.

Speaking of celebrity births, Bryan Adams is now a father to a little girl: Mirabella Bunny. A town near me is named Bunny.

I’m eagerly awaiting the next series of Outnumbered, and the names of two of the child actors are notable: Tyger and Ramona. I thought 15-year-old Tyger had it harsh until I  discovered Tyger is his second middle name, his first name is actually Lindzi. Things must be complicated at the Drew-Honey household, as his mother is called Linzi, and his father is called Simon Lindsay.

I read an interesting article the other day about a gay couple in Arizona who’ve adopted 12 children, my heart leaped when I saw one of their sons is named Ambrose.

I recently discovered the first name of a teacher of mine: Archana, it’s a Sanskrit name, meaning honouring, praising. This is the name of a Hindu ritual.

My father has a friend at t’ Masons called Teg, and it was during the setting up of Ladies Night that I discovered Teg to be a nickname for Tegfan, given his surname, Davies, I’m assuming it’s of Welsh origins.

And the final name spots this week come courtesy of a book by Chris d’Lacey, The Fire Within, he has a talent for naming dragons:

  • Gawain
  • Guinevere
  • Gwendolen
  • Gadzooks
  • Grace
  • Gruffen

I want to give a child the middle name Gadzooks, infact, I now have dibs on Gadzooks and Gawain (or rather, Gwaine); my sister and I have been name dibbing for the past few days, and I’m rather satisfied with my haul, which includes Rupert and Rosalinde, but unfortunately, I’ve had to let go of Josephine. Tis’ all in good spirits though, so I may still get her.

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