The names Conrad, Montague, Montrose, Maximillian, and Tiberius all have a certain sense of gravitas about them ('Woody Words' as Monty Python would say).
I just got off the phone with my chum, Adam Taylor, who is a great engineer and a guest blogger here on EETimes.com and Embedded.com.
Adam has great news. He's just discovered that he and his wife are expecting their first baby, whose arrival is expected sometime between the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in India and ESC Minneapolis (hey, we all have our own ways of keeping time). As part of our conversation, Adam mentioned that he's currently mulling over potential names for his first-born.
For reasons unknown, Adam is convinced that his child is destined to be an engineer. One of the names he's considering is Isambard (as in the famous 19th century engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is considered to be "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history"). I must admit that I quite like the Isambard moniker; it certainly has a sense of gravitas about it. I wouldn’t have minded being called this myself -- Isambard Maxfield has something of a ring to it, but we digress...
I did ask Adam if he is considering girls names also, but there was no response. I don't think he was listening and I fear that this possibility has not yet crossed his mind. My impression is that my friend firmly foresees a son in his future -- someone boasting his father's keen intellect and natural engineering knowhow.
Now I come to think about it, I've only occasionally seen Adam wearing casual clothes -- he is a man born to wear a suit -- so I have no doubt that his inimitable sense of style will rub off on his son (if son it be).
A few other names that we bandied around were Conrad, Montague, Montrose, and Maximillian. These are all strong-sounding names ("Woody Words" as Monty Python would have it).
It was only after I'd hung up the phone that the name Tiberius popped into my mind. I'm quite taken with this. Tiberius Taylor has an agreeably alliterative way of rolling off one's tongue. Of course, Tiberius Isambard Taylor also covers a lot of bases.
One point to ponder is how one’s given name can transmogrify itself into a nickname. One of the lads in my junior school was named Peter O’Donovan, so he ended up being called “Pod.” On this basis, a young man named Isambard Taylor could well find himself known as “It” (or "Cousin It"), while the unfortunate recipient of Tiberius Isambard Taylor... moving on...
I suggested to Adam that this problem was bigger than the two of us, and he agreed to let me pen this column opening the discussion to other members of the EETimes community.
Do you have any suggestions for good engineering names that have "presence" for a bouncing baby boy? And, just in case Lady Luck decides that Adam and his wife should be blessed with a bonny lass, let's extend our search to names that cover this eventuality also.
Would that be the same Edison that didn't create the world's first incandescent bulb and who missed the chance to invent the vacuum tube 21 years before British electrical engineer and physicist John Ambrose Fleming created the vacuum tube diode?
@David: ....our parliament on TV often looks like an unsupervised kindergarten class...
You think you've got it bad... you should see what it's like over here in the USA these days... I'm scared to turn my TV on to discover the Disaster du Jour (we consider ourselves lucky if there's only one :-)
Well this summer nearly finished me - since Xmas we have been more than usually hot, mostly in mid-30's (that's C, 100 F for you philistines) and some high 30's. A week or so I went to Tasmania (that's the little island down the bottom right) and the maximum we got there was 27 (80F). I wanna go live there. I don't mind the cold but heat like that gets me down. There is a lot to see here but there's a lot of stupidity here too - our parliament on TV often looks like an unsupervised kindergarten class. Bill Bryson gave a very fair treatment I think, warts and all as they say.