Friday, 14 October 2016

Whats In A Name?

Names have been something of a theme recently on this blog. Name calling, Names related to jobs, Witty name banter .... so to finish this run off, here its about name coincidences.

In Romania, the surname Cepoi is very common ... rather like Smith or Jones used to be in the UK. It reflects the countries essentially rural and agricultural existence over the centuries since the Eastern Roman Empire collapsed in the 14th century, and translates as 'Big Onions'. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before there was a local election in one of the smaller towns, where every contestant was called Mr Cepoi.

Will The Real Vasile Cepoi Please Stand Up!

The town is called Draguseni and with a population of just 2,500 the role of Mayor makes you a big onion indeed in that area. So when the election of that role came up in may/June 2016 the candidates were listed as Mr Vasile Cepoi, Mr Vasile Cepoi and Mr Vasile Cepoi. On of them, Mr Vasile Cepoi was the incumbent and the other two were challengers. Strangely none of the three were related as far as they knew.

The winner by over 1,100 votes over the nearest challenger was Mr Vasile Cepoi (the incumbent and now on his 4th term), who explained that "I added my middle name and ran as Mr Vasile Lica Cepoi" ..... ah that explains that then.

While I am on this subject of names .... in 1990 a 15 year old student from Argoed High School on Flintshire, Wales sat his GCSE 'O' Level exams. His name, and there's no other way to say it, was 'Bond .... James Bond'.

Mr Goldfinger Was A Tough Exam Invigilator To Please ... As Mr Bond Soon Found Out The Hard Way!

By a strange quirk his O Level paper reference was '007' and the exam invigilator on the day of the exam was a 'Mr Goldfinger' ..... all something of an oddjob.

I love stuff like this .... so they always end up here when I spot them.


  1. What were Mr & Mrs Bond thinking when they named their son? And what about his sister, Brooke?
    Great story.

    1. Brooke Bond, wasn't she the spy who loved men?

    2. I was thinking past the tea ...


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