Hello, My Name Is…: The Remarkable Story of Personal Names
By (author) Neil Burdess
Hello, My Name Is… looks at the fascinating subject of our personal names. Of course, we are particularly interested in our own names. Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, says our name is our `sweetest and most important sound’. However, your name is just one in an ocean of names, many of which have a fascinating story to tell. Using examples from Anglo-Saxon kings to today’s celebrities, it charts the history and importance of personal names-given names, surnames, name titles, and professional names.
The author’s given name, Neil, is one he shares with the first man on the moon. He would like to claim that he was named in honour of Neil Armstrong, because he would then be 20 years younger. His surname, Burdess, there are less than 300 people with the surname Burdess in Britain, most living in northeast England, centred on the perhaps unfortunately named town of Crook, where the author was born. He has a doctor of philosophy degree, and so can use the title Dr before his name. However, especially when travelling by air he uses Mr to avoid being mistaken for a member of the medical profession. (`Dr Burdess, come quickly! Someone’s having a heart attack on the aircraft.’)