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  • This is the interesting actual given name of a personal acquaintance of mine. Never asked its derivation. Suggestions?

    February 23, 2007

  • Names are very subjective and have different origins than regular words, but just for fun, I looked each of these words up in the OED.

    Currie: Obsolete/archaic. The portions of an animal slain in the chase that were given to the hounds; the cutting up and disembowelling of the game; transf. any prey thrown to the hounds to be torn in pieces, or seized and torn in pieces by wild beasts: see QUARRY. (This is with the -ie spelling--of course there are a variety of other meanings if spelled "curry.")

    Nunnery: 1) A place of residence for a community of nuns; a convent. 2) slang. A brothel. Now historical. 3) Nunlike chastity. (Obs. rare). 4) My favorite: A group of nuns. As in, a pride of lions, a murder of crows, a nunnery of nuns.

    I won't even comment on the juxtaposition of these two terms. Eesh!

    February 23, 2007

  • Interesting C_B. Thanx. Man, I wish I had access to the OED on line! I was always intrigued with the name but unaccountably never approached this guy for an explanation; I'm sure it would be interesting. Maybe I'll do that and get back here, so watch this space!

    February 23, 2007

  • Hmm. Or maybe his parents just liked the sound of the two words together and never checked the derivation? Hey, it could happen. ;-) I once knew a guy who knew a guy named Darnell Phason. One of my all-time favorite names.

    My apologies to any Darnell(s) Phason who happen to see this. :-)

    February 23, 2007

  • I once found the name "Constantine Terrence McNutt III." I never met the man, only saw his name in a graduation program.

    Of course, neither Darnell Phason nor Constantine Terrence McNutt III have a name that means both "cut-up and disembowelled quarry animal" and "group of nuns." No matter *how* great their names are.

    February 23, 2007

  • Here's Currie's explanation: "The Currie comes from my father, who's middle name was Currie. It is Irish, and was the last name of a close friend of my dad's family. My dad's name was David Currie Nunnery. I was supposed to be a jr. But, my dad thought it would be neat for me to have Currie for a first name,and I've been stuck with it ever since. My mother was half French and half German. My dad was Scotch, Irish and English."

    For fun, I'll pass on to him the research results on this page for his possible edification.

    March 5, 2007