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My paternal grandmother's first name is Amilee (pronounced like "Emily") I'm assuming it's a southern name. My grandma was a farm girl in Georgia.

My sister & brother-in-law (Chris & Audrey Hohenboken) chose Swedish & German names for their three boys (however the oldest boy is named Jeff; aka JJ) then there's Wilmarth (Marty) Lars (Lonnie) & Karsten (Kit) Speaking of Germanic sounding names, one of my great-grandmothers was named Wilhelmina.

Forum Announcements / Re: Where do you come from?
« on: October 02, 2006, 07:05:41 PM »
Even though I'm black, and born in Maywood, IL (just a few miles outside Chicago), I've lived with a white, suburban family of German & Irish ancestry, who eventually adopted me in 1999, when I was 10. I've lived in the same house since I was 7 months old, across the street from the Chicago & Northwestern railroad tracks, in the far-western Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, known mostly for Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts school, where my dad taught for almost 20 years & where my mom now works as a nurse in the college clinic. Wheaton is about an hour by car to Chicago, and about 45 minutes by Metra commuter train. I live about a mile and a half east of where this photo is taken. I actually live closer to the neighboring town of Glen Ellyn, and had I lived a couple blocks east, I would have been going to Glenbard West, as opposed to Wheaton North High School.

Do you think that names can affect who a person can be when they get older? Personally, I think they can. I can just imagine how a girl I heard about felt, being named "Enough." Then again there are names that you associate with certain people. For example, I associate anybody named "Carrie" with my aunt-by-marriage, or "Audrey", with my Aunt Carrie's sister, who's a farmer's wife in rural Rock Island County, Illinois. Even historically, I can associate names with people. I usually associate the name "Alexander", as someone being tough, like Czar Alexander III. How about you?

The Windsors / Re: Salic Law, Primogeniture and Equal Primogeniture
« on: September 12, 2006, 10:13:48 PM »
A successful monarch is nowadays the one who has the fewest press scandals, since the press vultures (most of them liberal, hence, by definition anti-monarchical) can't barely wait to rip apart any royal for the slightest mistake. Somebody said that to be a monarch in today's day and age is like walking a tight rope across the precipice: one wrong step and you're dead. One of the worst (if not the worst) scandal a royal can get embroiled in is sexual. A male monarch is better insulated by the higher tolerance of the public opinion, than a female monarch is against sexual scandals (adultery/fornication).

i have just given you the example of princess diana who fornicated a lot (god knows!) and with more people and yet is much more popular than her husband who was proven to fornicate basically with one person. and yet everyone supported diana against charles. although charles cheated because he loved, rather than out of revenge or for fun or whatever other reasons people sleep around for. he's male - she's female. your arguments are invalid.

As I wrote in a post a while back - I think Charles was blamed for his adulteries more than Diana because he was unfaithful FIRST in the marriage.
Never the less, I still feel that both share equal blame, though I wish things hadn't turned out so tragic for Diana.

Having Fun! / Re: Royals That You Feel Sorry For
« on: September 12, 2006, 10:11:06 PM »
I have sympathies with Queen Alexandra, due to her husband's cheating on her. I do also feel sorry for Edward VII, for being blamed for his father's death. I have a list of Asian royals as well, including the dowager empress, the last emperor, King Mongkut (in that he is not portrayed as a shrewd visionary that he was, but as a buffoon in "the King & I", I actually have admiration for Mongkut as well as Chulalongkorn, not to mention H.M. King Bhumibol.)

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Palace confusion!
« on: September 11, 2006, 08:45:18 PM »
There was also Livadia palace on the Black Sea coast in the Crimea, as well.

Having Fun! / Re: Your Ten Most Hated Royals and why
« on: September 09, 2006, 04:52:52 PM »
Were there any royals who liked Leopold II? QV liked him when he was a child but could be pretty scathing when he was an adult.
I don't know about royals, but I remember hearing that Mark Twain wrote an article so violently denouncing Leopold II, that no newspaper, even in the United States, dared print it. (Twain also criticized Theodore Roosevelt as well)

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« on: September 08, 2006, 11:16:34 PM »
This certainly would partially explain Nicholas II's poor dental health. I've just got to wonder how bad Edward VII's teeth were?

I get the feeling that Albert also had a good relationship with Princess Alice as well. Didn't she spend quite a bit of time taking care of him in his last days?

Having Fun! / Re: Your Ten Most Hated Royals and why
« on: August 31, 2006, 06:10:58 PM »
I agree that Leopold II proved to be tyrannical. Such a shame to see a such a foul person sitting on a throne.

Imperial Transportation / Railroads in pre-Revolutionary Europe
« on: August 26, 2006, 08:27:19 PM »
What was the extent of the train systems in the time between 1900-1914? I've heard that Russia had a fairly efficient rail system, that expanded under Alexander III. I'd assume that it was harder to have railways in the more mountainous areas of Europe, especially in Imperial Germany & in the Austrian Empire. I figure that England's rail systems were pretty good, after all the steam locomotive was invented there & I believe that the British built a rail system in India, during the British Empire.

Nicholas II / Re: Personal Attributes of Nicholas II
« on: August 25, 2006, 10:16:25 PM »
Didn't they compare Nicholas's DNA to that of his little brother G.D. George?

Having Fun! / Re: Your Ten Most Hated Royals and why
« on: August 24, 2006, 08:56:02 PM »
I've formed a rather interesting opinion on Queen Victoria: on one hand, it was known that she could be kind & generous, yet on the other hand, she could be also extremely narrow-minded & somewhat cold towards those she disliked. (though I'm sure we're all guilty of that at some point or another) I also disagree with the 'idolatry', as it were, of Albert. As much as he seemed to be a good guy, I think Victoria did overromanticize the dead & became rather morbid. So in a way, I like her & dislike her at the same time.
I also would say that I dislike Edward VIII, I find him a whiny, irresponsable, brat.

Even though I'm a Protestant Christian (an Evangelical), I do have an adimiration for Elizabeth Feodorovna & I strongly believe in the power of prayer to the Lord.

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