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Sibset of the Week: The Fiennes

I could only cover one family this week – I almost posted this on Friday after finding out about some of the names but held back a few days, I even resisted the temptation to post some of the names on Twitter.

Mark Fiennes was an English photographer and illustrator. He is a cousin of the noted explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He met and married a lady named Jennifer Lash in the 1960s. As an aside, his wife was more often known as Jini, and was a noted artist and novelist. Sadly, these days neither are still with us, but together they welcomed no less than seven children:

Martha Maria

Ralph Nathaniel

Joseph Alberic (twin of Jacob)

Jacob Mark (twin of Joseph)

Sophie Victoria

Magnus Hubert

We could stop here, but if you dig a little deeper, there are plenty more wonderful names to discover. Let’s start with Jacob, who is married to a lady named Melanie. Together they have two children, born in the early 2000s:

Teale Isabella


Whilst both Isabella and Nathaniel are relatively heard of, the choice of Teale as the name for their eldest child is certainly unexpected. Nathaniel could simply be a family name, given that young Nathaniel shares his name with Uncle Ralph, for whom the name is a middle name and with one of his cousins whom I shall mention shortly.

I also wanted to mention the children of Magnus, with his wife Maya, born in the late 1990s:

Cheyenne Allegra

Shanti Atalanta

The name Shanti was recently championed over at Name Fancy, and I certainly was surprised to see it used on a child so soon after reading the post. But alas, it is the last sibset which really inspired this post. It was inspired by a rather humourous email from a friend asking whether I was aware the the actor who played a young Lord Voldemort was called Hero. How ironic, I remember thinking.

Martha is married to George Tiffin, and together they have three children:

Titan Nathaniel

Hero Beauregard (m)

Mercy Jini Willow

Some scoff at using Hero as a girls name, despite the historical usage, so I kindly present them with a male Hero, born in the late 1990s. It’s worth noting that Hero’s uncle, Ralph Fiennes, plays Voldemort in the films.

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Sibset of the Week: The Logans

Gabby Logan presented some of the BBC’s Olympic coverage in 2008, from

It only just occured to me that I’ve yet to do a Sibset post this week. I normally schedule them a week or two in advance, but there seems to have been a bit of a breakdown in order behind the scenes at Mer de Noms this week; not like there isn’t always a reasonable amount of chaos going on. Either way, we haven’t mentioned sport enough this week, so let’s get inspired there. I rather foolishly gave away the names of Rio Ferdinand’s offspring yesterday (Lorenz, Tate and Tia), despite planning on giving them their own sibset post in the future.

So, where in the sporting world have we decided to draw inspiration from? Why, the world of sporting punditry of course. Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Logan is one of the more high-profile names in the game, alongside Murray Walker and Sue Barker. Like many pundits, she started out as a competitor, as Gabby had a previous life as a gymnast before pulling out due to injury. During her time at the BBC, she’s covered the Beijing Olympics and has taken covered for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day several times. Her husband is Kenny Logan is a Rugby Union player. Together they welcomed boy/girl twins in 2005:

Reuben McKerrow

Lois Maya

The name Lois is currently [2010] #75 in Wales alone, and falls to #127 when combined with the England data. The similar name Eloise is poised to join the Top 100 club in a year or two, as she currently sits at #109, exactly one place below her possible nickname ElsieReuben, on the other hand, is more popular in England, where he ranks at #71 compared to his Welsh ranking of #77 (he’s at #71 when the data is combined).

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