#Nicknames March 30

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I don’t know about your childhood but growing up in Northern NJ it was a place ripe for everyone having a “nickname”.  I was got stuck with the “nickname” of Quent in high school. This occurred based on my apparent resemblance to the character Quentin Collins played by David Selby in the 1960’s soap opera Dark Shadows

Quentin and myself you be the judge.

My mom cherished a Daily Record newspaper column on Morristown NJ nicknames written by the late  Joan Barbato

Here is that article and you can see that Joan captured a whole lot of nicknames.


The reason my mom loved the article was because my dad and his brothers all got the nickname “Darb”.

To this day I have never met anyone with the given name Darb. I have met a few people with the name Darby but never a Darb.

The internet estimate that there are at least 1700 persons in the world having the name Darb which is around 0.001% of the population. It wasn’t my dad’s real name but it was a nickname that stuck with him his whole life.

I have to admit that often nicknames in school are negative and cruel. I was not happy to be named after a vampire in high school but I like my dad had a nickname that was unique. Nicknames do give us the potential for a unique identity in that community. Each of us is truly unique no matter what we are called.





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