l-r teachers Chris, Helen, Grantly and Max, from revellation.co.uk
Last week we spent two days covering names from Downton Abbey, and I’m acutely aware that I still owe you all part. III of that particular series. However today, in classic lou-style, we’re going in a completely different direction. Waterloo Road.
Those who do not live in the UK may not be familiar with the program, as it is another show of British origin and transmission. Like Downton Abbey, the name of the show is also the name of the setting – but this time the setting is a rather more modern one; a rather more chaotic one. It’s also award-winning – it won the most popular drama at the National Television Awards in 2011, and at the 2012 ceremony that title was taken from it by Downton Abbey.
Waterloo Road airs on the BBC, whilst ITV is the home of Downton Abbey, and it’s setting is a failing school in a not-so-affluent part of Greater Manchester.
Needless to say, some of the names on the show fit the surroundings. This is just a small selection of some of the names which have appeared on Waterloo Road since it’s inception in 2006.
Any name with an (*) next to it implies my belief that the name may be a nickname.
TEACHERS ET AL.
Anglicised form of the name Brigid, means might and power.
Alternative spelling of Candace, which was once a title of the Queens of Ethiopia in ancient times.
From the Latin title Clarensis – the dukedom of Clarence was created in the 14th century for Prince Lionel, son of King Edward III.
variant of Alianor, which is most likely a medieval Provençal form of Helena.
derived from the Latin stella, which means star.
presumeably a variation of Grant, which either derives from the Old English gránian which means to groan/murmur, or the Old French grant, meaning great, big.
likely to be a short form of Isabel, which is a medieval form of Elizabeth.
an interesting take on the name Janice, which is a modern elaboration of the name Jane – she herself a feminine form of John.
the name of a male character, could be short for James, Jared or Jeremy…or indeed, something else entirely.
feminine form of the name Lorne, an ancient district in Scotland.
nickname of Margaret.
originally an English surname, means son of Neil.
a popular gemstone name for girls these days – Ruby was #1 in 2007 in England&Wales.
usually a short form of Stephanie, the feminine form of Stephen – a name which means crown.
a variant spelling of Alicia, a name that derives from Alice, who means noble. (more Aleesha)
I know several girls named Bex, and for all of them it is a short form of the name Rebecca.
the name of an area in Greater Manchester.
a variation of the name Denisel, a medieval form of Dennis.
an aristocratic title, originally from the Old English eorl, meaning nobleman.
derives from the Old English hara and léah, meaning hare clearing.
a variant of either Judy or Josie.
a Biblical name meaning dove.
most likely a short form of either Madison or Madeline.
derives from the Old English mearth meaning weasel or pine marten.
in Japan, this is a feminine name meaning beautiful fragrance. Mika Newton represented Ukraine in Eurovision 2011.
a legendary bird, this name is considered unisex.
possibly an adaptation of Rona, the name of a Scottish island. It could also come from Rhone, Rhondda or Rhonabwy – or even a smoosh of Rhoda and Anna.
an Irish name meaning seal.
I know a Rosamund and a Roisin who both go by Ros.
derived from Hebrew and means friend.
the name of an Italian anise-flavoured liqueur; character often went by the short form, Sam.
the name Trudy derived as a nickname of Gertrude, a name which means spear of strength. (more Gertrude)