What to Name a Baby Girl Whose Last Name Is Smith (According to Tom Wolfe)

I’ve been reading “Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe and enjoying the trip (to Miami). If you’ve read “Bonfire of the Vanities,” you know that Wolfe is quite the savant about WASP social mores—including  naming practices. Here’s what he has to say about girls who come from families with plain Jones last names like Smith and Johnson.

“Swell Anglo families with common names like Jones or Smith or Johnson had a way of giving their children, especially their daughters, romantic or exotic or striking first names like Serena or Cornelia or Bettina or else Old Family Lineage first names like Bradley or Ainsley or Loxley or Taylor or Templeton, Templeton Smith.”

See the difference just the right two or three syllable name can make with a plain Jones last name like Smith or Johnson?

© 2013 Bruce Lansky
All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without proper notice of copyright.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s