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Old 01-08-10, 08:03 PM
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What was Opie Taylor's real name?

I mean, what is Opie short for? The only thing I can think of is Opium, but who would name their kid opium?
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Old 01-08-10, 08:22 PM
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Opie.

Let me Google that for you...
https://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+was+opie+t...s+%20real+name
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Old 01-08-10, 08:23 PM
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There are two explanations of the name's origin. One is that Opie Taylor was named by Andy Griffith after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates.[1][2] The other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Opie Cates (10 October 1909, Arkansas, USA – 6 November 1987, Oklahoma, USA)[1][2] was an American clarinet player and band leader in the 1930s and 1940s, during the swing era, who became a radio actor.
Cates was born Opal Taft Cates, the son of a farmer in Arkansas, and was also raised in Kansas and Missouri.
That enough? Opie is a nickname for Opal.

in the early part of the 20th century, lots of names which would be odd-sounding today were common place. Look at Carol Shelby or Carol O'connor. there was even a famous judge name "Learned Hand." (yes, that's Learned, not Leonard. Pronounced Learn-ned.)

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Old 01-08-10, 08:24 PM
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Damn, Rob beat me to it.
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Old 01-08-10, 08:29 PM
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Whut? I gave everyone a 20 minute head start. Where were you all that time?
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Old 01-08-10, 08:33 PM
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Whut? I gave everyone a 20 minute head start. Where were you all that time?
Personally? Catching up on the Drum Solo thread.
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Old 01-08-10, 08:41 PM
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Opossum, it's a Southern thing.
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Old 01-08-10, 08:43 PM
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^^^ Gack! Who would name their kid after last nites dinner?
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Old 01-08-10, 10:39 PM
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^^^ Gack! Who would name their kid after last nites dinner?
Scrapple O'Herlihy Sr.?
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Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
That enough? Opie is a nickname for Opal.

in the early part of the 20th century, lots of names which would be odd-sounding today were common place. Look at Carol Shelby or Carol O'connor. there was even a famous judge name "Learned Hand." (yes, that's Learned, not Leonard. Pronounced Learn-ned.)
The male version of the name is "Carroll", and it's spelled that way with both O'Connor and Shelby. Of course, there was Evelyn Waugh and Joyce Kilmer...who both had more conventionally masculine first names (Arthur and Alfred).
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In my little phone book, we have a variety of old fashioned first names: Ronnell, Donnell, Odie, Shirley, Arvil... to name a few. On the other hand, Opie might just be mis-spelling for initials, like O.P.? Another common southern thing - just use those inititals!
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It's short for Ophelia.

Made him tough like the boy named Sue.
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Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
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Funny- I was just doing a search for "the origin of the name Opie" and I was surprised to see a link to bikeforums pop up!

Having lived in the South now for 14 years, i can tell you that people here have some weird names!

Some I've encountered:
Watson (Wonder if his parents were fans of Sherlock Holmes?)
Rondal (Very common here!)
Dewayne (Not to be confused with Duane/Dwayne)
Burnis (attempt at masculinizing Bernice?)
Boyd
Joyal (He pronounces it "Joel")
Donita (woman)
Dorcia (" ")
Seamus


I think they just make half of them up; and the other half are unintentional misspellings!
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Seamus is Irish...

Opie could also be a contraction. Say his birth certificate says Oscar Peter Taylor. Opie is how you'd spell the initials.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Seamus is Irish...
I know...but you rarely hear it- as opposed to the ubiquitous "Sean".

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Opie could also be a contraction. Say his birth certificate says Oscar Peter Taylor. Opie is how you'd spell the initials.
Yeah, that's a good guess. (Ron Howard's brother has an uncommon name in real life: Rance)
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I know...but you rarely hear it- as opposed to the ubiquitous "Sean".
There are probably fewer boys named James than John, too.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
There are probably fewer boys named James than John, too.
LOL....good point!

Sean
Jean
John
Ian
Hans
Giovanni
Ivan
Juan

....all Johns!
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
who would name their kid opium?


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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Catching up on the Drum Solo thread.
There's a drum solo thread?!?! I gotta get busy!
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Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
That enough? Opie is a nickname for Opal.

in the early part of the 20th century, lots of names which would be odd-sounding today were common place. Look at Carol Shelby or Carol O'connor. there was even a famous judge name "Learned Hand." (yes, that's Learned, not Leonard. Pronounced Learn-ned.)
Learned Hand's first name was Billings, Billings Learned Hand. I don't remember when he started going by Learned.
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While we're on the subject of unusual names...

A friend of mine is friends with a guy whose first name is Vaughn (yet ANOTHER form of "John"!). My friend and I also have a mutual acquaintance who calls himself John, but whose real name is also Vaughn!

But wait, it gets better!

My friend is at his friend Vaughn's house one day, and sees the other Vaughn's ("John") car pull up next-door. Turns out, the 2nd Vaughn had just bought the house next-door to the other Vaughn! Two Vaughns living next-door to each other- and they hadn't formerly known each other/were unaware of each others existence!

But wait...there's more!

My same friend who knows the two Vaughns, also used to know [as did I] two twins whose last name is....Vaughn.

Nope...not done yet!

Back when I was in the towing business, I was in the market for a car-carrier...and saw a photo of a truck for sale posted on the bulletin board of a scrap place i used to deal with...

I end up buying the truck. The seller/former owner of the truck...his last name was: Vaughn! Turns out, he was the father of the Vaughn twins!

Now I think I'll listen to an old Vaughn Monroe song.....
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Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
William S. Burroughs
But he spelled it William Seward Burroughs III.
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Diminutive of Opus?
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