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 followingโ€ฆ

"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?


  1. Julie May 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

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

  2. Patrick May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Margaret May 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    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

  4. Margaret May 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    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

  5. Debbie Flint May 14, 2010 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    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 โ€“ Marjory Musters-Pegg
    Simon Biagi – Bill Nash-Naysmith
    Richard Jackson – Arthur King-Wilson
    Debbie Greenwood โ€“ Ada Cotsford-Quick
    Alison Keenan – Daisy Dunstable Faraday

  6. Claire May 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

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

  7. debs May 15, 2010 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    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? ๐Ÿ™‚
    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!

  8. sue schofield May 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    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,

  9. Mary May 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

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

  10. Debbie Flint May 17, 2010 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    The presenting team have been giving me some more contributions, so take a look at the following! What’s the funniest one? ๐Ÿ™‚
    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

  11. Cara May 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    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.

  12. Jane Bryant May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie.
    I am Aldelaide Cranbrook-Thorpe!
    Jane Bryant

  13. Amy Shaw May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Elizabeth Branch-Sowerbutts!!!
    Ha ha!!

  14. john castle May 19, 2010 at 3:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie my name is Francis Obediah Copperthwaite

  15. debs May 28, 2010 at 1:31 am -  Reply

    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

  16. Lottie May 29, 2010 at 9:54 am -  Reply

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

  17. debs May 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    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!

  18. debs June 8, 2010 at 2:07 am -  Reply

    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!

  19. Patrick June 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Glad to hear you liked my name – though credit must go to Ms. Ponsonby-Honeybun LOL
    Patrick x

  20. Kirsten Chambers July 9, 2010 at 8:13 am -  Reply

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

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