Debbie Flint blog

May 10, 2010

What's your 'Victorian' name?

I heard a funny thing on Facebook this week. Whilst I was whiling away election night during my trip to Centre Parcs (more of that next time), a QVC-viewer-friend said the following…

"What's your Victorian posh name? Take your grandparent's first name (appropriate gender, if someone else in family got their first use another ancestor!); then add the name of your road as your surname, and double-barrel it with your first head teacher's surname!"

I'm Elizabeth Wotton-Tomblin and my sister is Beatrice Garden-DeSouza!

So many other funny ones came flooding in, I thought I'd find out the most unusual, funny or downright posh one from you guys! What's yours? I'll send the best one a personally signed pic and something else from my dressing room (don't know what yet, lol).

Love Debs


Have been loving my break in Elvedon Forest, as a brief rest between lots of ITV rehearsals - it's all gearing up for the launch in a couple of weeks' time! Have you read about it on QGossip?


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LOL....I liked this mine is Margaret Church Wiggins.....

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Hi Debbie,

Glad to hear you liked my name - though credit must go to Ms. Ponsonby-Honeybun LOL

Patrick x

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Well guys, I put the faves in a hat and picked one out - and the 'winner' of a lovely L'Occitane Handwash is Francis Obadiah Copperthwaite - altho I'm sure Crawford Whitehurst Ponsonby Honeybun came close so I'm going to send you a little present too Patrick! Do the same as John and send me your address, via this comments system - the lady who posts the comments is called Lauren, so just address it to her and explain it's meant for me not for publication! John Castle - congratulations - fab name! Thanks everybody! Such fun!

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Well it's been lovely to hear all your suggestions for Victorian names!! Thanks to the thirty or so other names I got via my facebook site!
I'll give it one more week and then I'll award the little prize to the most funny sounding name!
Thanks again guys! Great stuff!

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Hello Debbie I am...
Margaret Ashdene-Barett, posh isn't it! Haha.
Thanks xx

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hehe - keep them coming! One more week and I'll put the finalists into a hat and pull out a winner to get the little prize - will contact the person direct!
ps have had a few perculiar or saucy ones via my facebook too - just the way the names came out together! - won't be putting them up on here! lol

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Hi Debbie my name is Francis Obediah Copperthwaite

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Elizabeth Branch-Sowerbutts!!!
Ha ha!!

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Hi Debbie.

I am Aldelaide Cranbrook-Thorpe!

Jane Bryant

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Hi Debbie,

This is a great idea, I love the Victorian era! My name is:
Maude Woburn-Finch.

I've always wanted a double barrelled name!

Look forward to seeing you soon on QVC.

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The presenting team have been giving me some more contributions, so take a look at the following! What's the funniest one? :-)

Julian Ballantyne - James Aylestone Hewitt
Catherine Huntley - Ellen Frazer-Cartwright
Dale Franklin - Robert Burbidge-Remnant
Craig Rowe - Kenneth Mary-Lench - rather grand and Irish sounding!
Charlie Brook - Peter Festing-Willoughby
Claire Sutton - Freda Oulder-Trippier

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Hi Debbie
My Victorian name is
Elizabeth Victoria-Merry.
Sounds quite posh I think.

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Hi Debbie,

You are always so much fun, here's my Victorian name,
Ada Gloucester-Dann, it sounds quite posh to me.
My Grandmother was the most gentle, patient, lovely person anyone could wish to have as a Grandmother, it was nice to have been reminded of her by your blog as she died many years ago.

Best Wishes,


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Julie/Olive - Center Parcs was fab - did you read the next blog with some videos? Love it there!

Patrick/Crawford - how funny - your name seems like all surnames! Were your grandparents scottish? :-)

Margaret/Elizabeth - very posh! Perhaps it could be your Twitter name! lol. Our grandmothers shared the same name - but my nan was always called Daisy - I think that was her middle name - they did that in those days didn't they!

best wishes and thanks so much for taking part!


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Mine would either be Emily Kandahar-Williams or Florence Kandahar-Williams depending on which grandmother I use.

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Hiya, here are some funny ones guys!! Well done and thanks - keep them coming!

For the record, here are a couple from the presenters:

Kathy Taylor - Bridget Blind-Bottom!
Julia Roberts – Marjory Musters-Pegg
Simon Biagi - Bill Nash-Naysmith
Richard Jackson - Arthur King-Wilson
Debbie Greenwood – Ada Cotsford-Quick
Alison Keenan - Daisy Dunstable Faraday


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Hi Debbie , made a mistake with name and put old road name instead of where I am now so here goes Elizabeth Ashenough-Penlington , Best wishes Margaretxx

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Hi Debbie , get this Elizabeth Crown-Penlington , quite like the sound of that , do I change it, no , friends would wonder who the heck it was.Best wishes Margaretxx

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Hi Debbie,

Don't know if this worked last time, so I've reposted.

WOW... what a funny (and slightly disturbing) idea. I don't think anyone can top my Victorian name:

"Crawford Whitehirst Ponsonby-Honeybun"

How embarrassing :) I have four names as my incredibly-posh headmistress was known by the splendid double-barrelled moniker of Ms. Ponsonby-Honeybun.

Hope you like it. ;)

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Hi Debbie
Mine is Olive Foxall-Webb.
Hope you enjoyed Centre Parcs we have been quite a few times and really love it.

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