A happy sounding name for a girl or boy is one the ‘doubles’ and so can be confusing. On seeing a reference to a Hilary in the news or as the signature to the Editor, one wonders about the sex of the person in question. But, either way, it is natural to visualise a sanguine and serene character.

(Ivor Brown, A Charm of Names, 1972)



It occurs to me that Vienna would make a pleasant name for a girl who likes dancing to the tunes of the Blue Danube suavity. It would suit a waltzing girl better than Australia’s Matilda.

(Ivor Brown, A Charm of Names, 1972)