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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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    Opie.

    Let me Google that for you...
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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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    Damn, Rob beat me to it.
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    Whut? I gave everyone a 20 minute head start. Where were you all that time?
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    Whut? I gave everyone a 20 minute head start. Where were you all that time?
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    Opossum, it's a Southern thing.

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    ^^^ Gack! Who would name their kid after last nites dinner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
    ^^^ Gack! Who would name their kid after last nites dinner?
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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Seamus is Irish...
    I know...but you rarely hear it- as opposed to the ubiquitous "Sean".

    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    There are probably fewer boys named James than John, too.
    LOL....good point!

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


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    There's a drum solo thread?!?! I gotta get busy!

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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