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How to Name Scottish Royalty

Context: Gathered from one of my roommates once he found out about my collection project. Background: My roommate comes from “a long lineage of Scottish kings and clan leaders of a certain group of isles.” The Tradition: In Scotland, the ritual for naming a child in a family line, particularly if they’re royalty, is to simply add the… Continue Reading »

Mormon women don’t have middle names

“My mother comes from a Mormon family, and none of the women in her family are supposed to have middle names, because you’re supposed to get married and take your original surname as your middle name and then take your husband’s surname. But then she gave herself a middle name when she became forty because… Continue Reading »