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1. In the case of my name, a sobriquet has become the English "king of names". My name started as a Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh is gracious". From Hebrew it passed into Greek and ultimately to English. A commonly used name for a well known British flag contains my name. It has been the most popular boys' name in England for a decade. What is my name?
2. I like to advertise the fact that I have a capital name. In 2004, it was the most popular name for baby girls on the "Baby Zone" website. The meaning of my name may create gender confusion, though. My name is said by some to mean son of a woman whose name means "strength in battle". Others believe it originally meant "son of Matthew". What is my name? (Don't miss the hints about the street and city that share my name in the first sentence.)
3. How do you suppose it came about that my name, the second most popular boys' name in Australia based on 2002 statistics, began as a Scottish nickname for a Norwegian? As a hint I'll tell you that Scots originally called Norway "the land of the lakes". What is my name? (Hint: What is a Gaelic word for "lake"?)
4. My name is a shortened form of the name of the mother of the Biblical prophet Samuel. In Hebrew my name meant "favor". Although a different spelling of my name is still popular in the United States, in 2003 the original Hebrew form of the name was given to baby girls more than 30 times as often as my spelling. A character residing at the fictional Green Gables in a popular series of Canadian novels nearly shared my name but insisted that it be spelled with one additional letter at the end. Well, I think shorter is better! What is my name?
5. Because of my first name, my family jokingly calls me the "dread pirate". My name is tops for US males born in the 1920s and 1930s. Its US rank has gradually dropped and was 35th for males named in 2003. My name means "bright fame" and those sharing my name include a famous actor who played opposite Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were" and a politician from Massachusetts who became a senator for New York and who was tragically assassinated in the 1960s. What is my name?
6. I have a beautiful name that I don't have to share with too many other women - the hair razing exploits of a conniving Biblical character of the same name have seen to that. Not many people realize that my name means "delicate". (Hint: I do mean "razing".)
7. I have a name that is given to both boys and girls. In 2003, in the US, my name was in the top 200 names given to baby girls according to the Social Security Administration. My brother wants to trade names with me because a guy with the same name as mine set a new record in 2004 for throwing the most touchdown passes in an American professional football season. My brother told me that my name means "an English warrior's village; so it's really a boy's name". I guess he's never heard of Xena! What is my name?
8. I suppose that it's just a coincidence that the origins of my first and middle names taken together so closely define my character. I am a very sly corporate raider. My first name has been the most popular name for baby boys in the United States from 1999 thru 2003 according to the Social Security Administration. What are my first and middle names?
9. My name seems to be among the top twenty names given to baby girls in only one English-speaking place - Alberta, Canada - where it ranks 16th. Even though my name means "son of a handsome man", it has become a woman's name. What is my name? (Hint: think river!)
10. In the 1930s, my name was 7th on the list of popular names in the United States. Then, that silly duck came along in 1934. After decades of decline, in 2003, my name was ranked 257th! I hate Walt Disney. What is my name?
Source: Author uglybird
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