[LMB] OT: name changing

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sat Aug 10 02:35:13 BST 2019

On Fri, 9 Aug 2019 07:17:23 -0600, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>

>> On Aug 9, 2019, at 2:35 AM, James M. BRYANT G4CLF <james at jbryant.eu> wrote:
>> In England in the 1920s forms often asked if you had changed
>> your name (excluding Jews from golf clubs persisted as a common,
>> and explicit, practice until the fifties and even the sixties).
>In Isaac Asimov’s autobiography, he mentioned how Brooklyn Jews recommended to his parents that they change his name to an English name.
>People changed their names from Jewish names such as “David” to English names such as “Bernie” and “Sidney”.

To the extent that, in the UK at least, the bearer of either of those
first names might be guessed to have a roughly 50% chance of being

>Of course there was a U.S. president named “Abraham”.
>I like the guy who had his last name changed to “Foist”.    He was adamant.    After the change, the judge took him aside to find out why.   The guy explained, in a strong Brooklyn accent that in the old country, his name was “Primera”...

If man could once be reasonable enough to know that he is not a creature
of reason, but only a reasoning creature, he might avoid making himself
more prisons.  - D. H. Lawrence

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