Batchcock and Marzipan among ancient names returning to popularity

The Evening Harold

book Ancient names that have not been used for hundreds of years are making a comeback as parents search for individual identities for their new born children.

After a period when Christian names were sourced from Gaelic surnames or favourite drinks, the fashion is switching to names derived from history with boy’s names growing in popularity including Hamlet, Batchcock and Dogend.

Whilst Hamlet is relatively well known thanks to the works of playwright J.K. Rowling; Batchcock is Anglo Saxon in origin meaning “many dickheads”, with Dogend being Old English for “cigarette butt”.

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