What’s In A Name? (Letters) — Pt. 2

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Published on: 2015.10.05

Three years ago, I posted about the letters in our names, but my son wasn’t born then. Here’s the new edition:

(Still not including surname that we all share.)

These letters are shared by all four of us: L E I A

(It used to be LEICA, but my son doesn’t have a C in his name.)

Letters only in my wife’s name: F O

Letters only in my daughter’s name: T

Letters only in my son’s name: J Y

Letters only in my name: D H

So, the only letters used exactly once each are:

D F H J O T Y

Letters shared only by my wife and I: (none)

Letters shared only by Rebecca and I: (none)

Letters shared only by Rebecca and my wife: R

Letters shared only by Benjamin and I: W

Letters shared only by Benjamin and my wife: M

Letters shared only by Benjamin and Rebecca: B

So, the only letters used by exactly two of us also happen to be our four first initials:

B M R W (Which I usually spell in order of our ages: “WMRB”)

And yes, these are all the letters required to spell all four of our names:

A B C D E F H I J L M N O R S T W Y

(Benjamin added only the J.)

Letters none of us have in our names:

G K P Q U V X Z

4 Comments
  1. Has your obsession with recycling every last letter in the alphabet doomed your daughter to marry a man named Quixote Panza Volking? (His friends just call him QP)

    • Wil C. Fry says:

      Pizza would also work for that middle name. And Volkswagen hits three of the missing letters. :-)

  2. I should note that Abby and her sisters, Inez, Gail, and Gwyn have only four letters in each their given names, and none of them have middle names.

    • Wil C. Fry says:

      They’ve also made sure to use up the hard-to-get letters like Z and Y, but left out Q. :-)

      My wife’s family tradition, as with many Catholics, was to not get a middle name at birth, and then to add the name of a saint as a middle name (at baptism). But when both Oklahoma and Texas imposed their odd laws on her, the story of her middle name got more complicated. Now she has two different middle names, depending on which government agency you ask, and no middle name if you ask another government agency.

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