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Postby Sequin » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:22 am

It would be surprising if Twiggy's first name was Leslie in any sources, as in the UK this is a male only version of the forename, with Lesley being exclusively female
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Postby Ken Jennings » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:27 am

Then prepare to be shocked! She's been called Leslie by The World Almanac, The New York Times, The Independent, The Washington Post, The Telegraph...see for yourself, I'm sure they have Google in Britain. :)
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Postby skullturfq » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:35 am

A lot of these "rules" about personal names aren't as unbreakable as people might think. Some other "rules" one occasionally encounters:

"Alan and Allan are first names, but Allen is a last name." Perhaps Allen is less common as a first name, but there are Allen Iverson and Allen Funt, for example.

"Names with Mc are Irish; names with Mac are Scottish." Mc and Mac are essentially the same word; Mc is just an abbrevation. Names with either can be either. James McGill, after whom McGill University is named, was Scottish.
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Postby melissa » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:12 pm

skullturfq wrote:A lot of these "rules" about personal names aren't as unbreakable as people might think. Some other "rules" one occasionally encounters:

"Alan and Allan are first names, but Allen is a last name." Perhaps Allen is less common as a first name, but there are Allen Iverson and Allen Funt, for example.

"Names with Mc are Irish; names with Mac are Scottish." Mc and Mac are essentially the same word; Mc is just an abbrevation. Names with either can be either. James McGill, after whom McGill University is named, was Scottish.


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