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From: Brian Fleming <>
Subject: Male/female names
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 15:38:00 +1000
My wife and her brothers have the given name "Stephen" as do many of the
descendants of her ancestor, Sir George STEPHEN (First to be personally
knighted by Queen Victoria; second Knight in the Colony [Victoria], and
who wondered why he had come to such a miserable egalitarian place - his
servants objected to wearing livery in the heat of a Melbourne summer).
My own Devon relatives tend to carry in-law surnames as given names -
Seagle is the Devon one, and other Devon names for which I haven't made
connection are Edgecombe, which may be geographical as mum was born in
Plymouth, and Gard.
I've got an Edgecombe RICHARDS there as an in-law too. It's not
difficult to imagine a clerk dropping the 's' from the end of 'Richards'
for a given name.
Sitting on the trapdoor in Melbourne
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