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One of my favorite authors when I was in high school was Sir Walter Scott, entirely because of the book Ivanhoe. I loved the story of Ivanhoe, son of Cedric the Saxon, who loved Rowena but still found time to rescue the fair (and smart and brave) Rebecca from being burned at the stake. I was browsing Wikipedia and noticed this bit in the entry for the name Cedric:

Cedric may refer to:

* Cedric the Saxon, a character in Ivanhoe was the original occurrence of the name, which was unintentionally created by Sir Walter Scott as a misspelling of the name Cerdic.

So before Ivanhoe, there was no name Cedric, only Cerdic. As of today, Cedric gets 1,270,000 hits on Google, bur Cerdic gets only 98,800. Even my spell checker wants to change the instances of Cerdic to Cedric.

Think about it. It's the quintessential English name and it's made up! J.K. Rowling had a Cedric in the Goblet of Fire (Cedric Diggory, played by a really cute actor in the movie). Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy was named Cedric (his mother called him Ceddie).

I Googled Sir Walter Scott and got 161,000 hits. That means his invention Cedric got more than seven times as many hits as the inventor did.

Think about it. You move an r and a whole new name is born. Now that's immortality.

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ccfinlay
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Ha!

Now that's a great story.
karen_w_newton
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but of course, no one seems to know he invented the name!
ccfinlay
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
An educational deficit which you have reduced by at least one!
sandystewart
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Holy carp!
karen_w_newton
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
clever!
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