There are one or two more bits of information that I would like to share from the statistics of ‘The First Names of Brighton & Hove 1909-1999′ by Carol O’Neal.
The first of these is the boys’ trends of 1959. I have previously mentioned my name ‘Jacqueline’ as being the sixth most popular girls’ name, as this was the year after my birth. I was also delighted to notice a special mention for the name ‘Gregory’ in the boys’ trending names! This was the name I gave to my teddy bear, a couple of years later.
The book mentions the new influence of American Film Stars on the first names of babies born in Brighton and Hove during the 1950s, especially Gary (Cooper), John (Wayne) and Gregory (Peck). I can now exclusively reveal that Gregory was not named after the actor, but a little cartoon character in my favourite comic, ‘Jack and Jill’. This character was Gregory Grasshopper.
I found a little more information on him! Gregory Grasshopper originally starred in a comic strip entitled ‘Tiny Tales’, later renamed ‘Tiny Tales of Gregory Grasshopper’ and, later still, ‘Gregory Grasshopper’s Magic Lamp’. Gregory is a happy-go-lucky grasshopper who moves to the country after his life in a garden in town is disrupted by a noisy lawn-mower. I must say, he does look very happy-go-lucky!
And here is Gregory now!
I also wanted to briefly mention the names given to my own children: the lists are only written every ten years and my daughter was born in between two of these. Emma is second in 1979 and first in 1989 – well done Emma 🙂 Her middle name ‘Clare’ is third. There were 47 Emma’s born in Brighton in 1979, and 45 in 1989. Apologies to Jonathan who doesn’t make the Top 25, according to the lists there were only 17 ‘Jonathan’s’ born in 1989 in Brighton & Hove. And for my cousin Sue: there were 107 Susan’s born in Brighton in 1949 and 101 in 1959! And 37 Jacqueline’s in 1959.