Carl, Congratulations! And welcome Olivia Rose.
As for such Clemensian coincidences with names, well, it does happen. When my wife, Sara, went into labor in June 1996, we didn't know if the baby would be a boy or a girl. We had two names picked out, therefore: Thomas Daniel and Rebecca Claire. Thomas, "the twin," was a way of symbolically naming a boy for my twin brother and me (Daniel is our shared middle name). Rebecca was for Sara's only sister (Claire was my mother's name). But did this explanation fly with my Twainiac friends who gleefully pointed out that we had settled on the names Tom and Becky? My explanation again and again was greeted with the dubious, "Oh, sure." Well, at a beautiful 19, Becky can tell you, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
On Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:49 AM, Carl J. Chimi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I don't post here much, although I read all the posts and feel fortunate
that there is such a band of Mark Twain scholars to which I have access.
Some months ago I wrote of my surprise and delight that my daughter was
expecting, and that the names they had chosen were Olivia for a girl or
Samuel for a boy. They chose those names with no family references, and no
conscious awareness of any Mark Twain connection. They just like the names,
and were surprised when I pointed out that Sam and Olivia are a famous
couple of names to many people who love literature and American history.
Well, Olivia Rose Chimi Thomas was born this past Tuesday, July 21, at 3:15
pm. She weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and is perfect.
I could spend the next several hours gushing about how much my wife and I
love her, but I will spare you that, having been the victim too many times
of the pyrotechnic demonstrations of previous first time grandparents.
Suffice it to say she is perfect and we love her.