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Rcurl
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Apologies to John Cleese
Rcurl   2/16/2017 12:16:39 PM
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The first name that came to mind that is appropriate for an Engineer is "Fawlty".

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Optimistic???
antedeluvian   2/16/2017 12:18:24 PM
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Given the current state of the world- Nero (who fiddled while Rome burned)

 

And CONGRATULATIONS, Adam.

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Re: Apologies to John Cleese
Max The Magnificent   2/16/2017 1:15:17 PM
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@Rcurl: The first name that came to mind that is appropriate for an Engineer is "Fawlty".

"Fawlty Taylor"? Nooooo

But what about "Sparky Taylor"?

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Re: Optimistic???
Max The Magnificent   2/16/2017 1:27:44 PM
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@Antedeluvian: Given the current state of the world- Nero (who fiddled while Rome burned)

We don't want anything with negative connotations. Also it has to be something that works with Adam's surname -- Nero Taylor doesn't have the necessary "Oomph".

These days I think it's good to "stand proud in the crowd" a bit, and having a good name is a good start. How about the first names shown in bold below (combine them with Taylor and let them roll off your tongue):

Gustave (Eiffel), Alexander (Graham Bell), Leonardo (da Vinci), Elija (McCoy), Rudolf (Diesel), Godfrey (Hounsfield), Aurel (Stodola), Franklin (Chang Diaz).

Tht right names are out there somewhere ... we just have to find them.

 

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Androgyny?
perl_geek   2/16/2017 2:31:55 PM
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To simplify the decision process, how about something androgynous? Taylor would work; that way the order of names doesn't matter either. TT's not too bad for initials, just don't add a middle name beginning with a vowel.

Depending on the ETA, Summer would be another possibility, (even if nominative determinism might point to a more mathematical career).

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Re: Androgyny?
Max The Magnificent   2/16/2017 2:41:22 PM
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@perl_geek: ...how about something androgynous?...

Hmm, I don't know, on the one hand, "Something Androgynous Taylor" would certainly stand out in the crowd -- and it has to be admitted that it would work equally well (or not) for a boy or a girl, but the initials spell "Sat," which would be a silly nickname ... I fear we will have to carry on looking...

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Re: Androgyny?
David Ashton   2/16/2017 2:55:07 PM
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You've covered a good point here Max.... initials that spell something will invariably lead to them being used as a nickname.  And names will inevitably be shortened, or even lengthened, so take that into account as well.

You could go the Johnny Cash route and (if it's a boy) name it Sue....

 

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Women's names
elizabethsimon   2/16/2017 3:49:40 PM
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Edith (Clarke)

Grace (Hopper)

Irmgard (Flugge-Lotz)

Lise (Meitner)

Hedy (Lamarr)

Beulah Louise (Henry)

Helen (Blanchard)

Marie (Curie)

Beatrice (Hicks)

 

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Re: Women's names
antedeluvian   2/16/2017 3:57:48 PM
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Don't forget

Ada (Lovelace)

Caroline (Herschel)

 or  Katherine (Johnson), Dorothy (Vaughan), and Mary (Jackson), all mentioned in "Hidden Figures"

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Re: Women's names
Max The Magnificent   2/16/2017 4:16:39 PM
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@Elizabeth: I'm a huge fan of all these lady engineers, but you have to think how the name will sound (a) in the context of a modern audience and (b) when combined with the "Taylor" family name.

For example, "Edith Taylor" really doesn't "ring my bell," as it were.

Now I do like "Irmgard Taylor" ... that has a certain something about it.

 

 

 

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