"Tristan" now feminine given name

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 24 17:27:59 UTC 2006

Whoa !  A dad named Shirley and a mom named John !

  There's a cuttin'-edge country-western title for ya !


"Mullins, Bill AMRDEC" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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Subject: Re: "Tristan" now feminine given name

> She had a friend called "Bud
> Weiser" who never would admit his real first name was
> anything except Bud.

I went to elementary school with Phineas Newton. He went by Figg

> Male sportswriter Shirley Povich, whose son is Maury Povich.
> Shirley came from an area (somewhere in Maine?) where Shirley
> was a common boy's name, and once found himself in Who's Who
> in American Women.

Former UT Knoxville football coach (and player) Johnny Majors had a
father named Shirley Majors, who was lesser known, but also a good
coach. His mother was named John. From a Knoxville New Sentinel

"Former Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty once introduced John
Terrill Majors as "the only coach in the country with a father named
Shirley and a mother named John."

Even though everybody knew John's mother as Elizabeth, her full name was
John Elizabeth Bobo Majors. Her father and grandfather were also named

She married Shirley Majors, who was a farmer and barber before he became
a coach in high school and later at the University of the South. "

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