‘The Name Game’ was a tongue-twister novelty song recorded back in 1964.
Families might invent their own versions of the name game.
The winner would find the number of times that a name has been used in their family and with extended relatives.
I don’t have a final count but I know the name Ashley tops the most used in the Davis family. It was first common as a male’s name. Remember ‘Gone With the Wind?’
My father-in-law was named A.N. (for Ashley Norman). My husband Norm’s official name is Ashley Norman Jr. Though our son goes by the name of Lee, his legal name is Ashley Norman III.
You guessed it Ashley Norman IV but that’s not all.
There are several female Ashley’s among our relatives.
Recently, I noticed something interesting when reading Biblical genealogy.
King David had a sister named Abigail.
“and Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, then Abinadab, the second, Shimea, the third, Nethanel, the fourth, Raddai, the fifth, Ozem, the sixth, and David, the seventh. Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail (1 Chronicles 2:13-16a NASB).”
There’s more; David had a wife named Abigail!
“Then David sent a proposal to Abigail, to take her as his wife. When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, ‘David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.’And she got up and bowed with her face to the ground, and said, ‘Behold, your slave is a servant to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.’Then Abigail got up quickly, and rode on a donkey, with her five female attendants who accompanied her; and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife (1 Samuel 25:39-42 NASB).”
I have always admired David’s wife Abigail.
If I had given birth to a second daughter, I would have named her Abigail Jean.