[Ads-l] New feminine name

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 20 09:50:32 EDT 2016

ML:  << President Obama's mother's name was Stanley Ann Dunham. >>
WB:  <Norfleet> was the given name of my last landlady when I was a student
at UCLA. Her familiar contemporaries called her <Norfleet>, which told me
that she must have come from a prominent Protestant family. I suspect
feminine <Stanley, Jordan, Joyce> usw. were originally surnames that
emerged as alternative idionyms as the rigid hagionymic nomenclatura fell
out of fashion in Protestant regions.

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