Typical American Name?
Here at NameCandy.com we've been riveted by the story unfolding over at alexlevy.net. In yesterday's installment, 13-year-old Alex and his mother are aboard the Cunard-White Star liner “Scythia,” headed for Canada, and Alex, who already had some pre-conceived notions of American culture through contact with U.S. and British soldiers stationed in his neighborhood in Brussels as well as frequent visits to the movies, writes about his first brush with American-style names.
(If you haven't been following the story from the beginning, they were German refugees who managed to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Brussels; but eventually Alex's single mother finds herself pregnant and shamed, and scrapes together the cash to make a trans-Atlantic passage to start a new life America).
"...I also noticed that all these English-speaking people had very short names, names such as Bob, Joe, and Carl. And I also noticed a beautiful American girl with whom I instantly fell in love. However, she was eighteen and I was thirteen (the age of stirring hormones), and that was doomed to go nowhere. When we first met she introduced herself by one of those wonderful disyllabic names ending in “a” (unfortunately I don’t remember her name), and I introduced myself as A-lex-an-der, which then seemed the most embarrassingly long name in the world. How I longed for one of those short, English names! Had I only known that I could have, without cheating, made myself into an Alex! How much better that would have been!"
This got us wondering: What could the "wonderful disyllabic" name of Alex's 1949 love interest have been? Thelma? Norma? Linda? Myrna?
And if you were a new immigrant today what would be your picks for quintessentially American-sounding names?