by Anura Guruge
Click here to access the Thursday, April 2, 2015 issue of “The Baysider”.
Ad is on page A 14.
Dr. Dennis Badman is more than likely a good man, probably a good doctor too. I do not know him from Adam. I have just noticed his (rather large) Ad. in “The Baysider” over the last couple of weeks. His name, in addition to cracking me up each and every time I see it, also intrigued me. Names fascinate me — as you would expect from one who wrote a book analyzing names.
I also love it when people go onto do things ‘despite’ their name. It can’t have been much fun growing up a ‘Badman’ — though, in a perverse way, one might have been able to exploit it. There are some advantages to be known as a ‘Badman’.
I have been meaning to do a study of ‘famous’ people with ‘difficult’ names. And Dr. Badman has now given me the impetus.
Without even looking it up, given my familiarity with names, I had an inkling that ‘Badman’ had Germanic roots. I was right. It is ‘Anglo-Saxon‘ and Anglo-Saxons, by and large, where Germanic tribes that migrated to the British isles when the Romans left.
The ‘bat’, for ‘boat’ part is new to me. [Which reminds me. Teischan asked me the other day why ‘cricket’ is called as such. I was mortified that I had NO clue. Appear it comes from ‘crook’, the original bats used many centuries ago].
So Dr. Badman could have been Dr. Batman — which might have been even neater.
Then just this morning I made another connection. Sir Donald Bradman, a physically diminutive (i.e., 5′ 7″) Australian, is the most legendary of cricketers. ‘Bradman’ — ‘Badman’ with an ‘r’. Did his family insert the ‘r’ to avoid being bad men?