Bless the language nerds. I was amused by Ben Yagoda’s linguistic musings in “The Baby Formerly Known as Prince” over at Lingua Franca today.
If you’re interested—as how could you not be?—in the issues of self-definition, status, class, and taste, then first-name choices provide fascinating and endlessly rich data. Being free of charge and compulsory, they’re not constricted in the way most other markers are. Moreover, for many if not most people, a baby is a vessel for aspiration and social extrapolation, so the choice carries special meaning.
He discusses the form “delivered of a son,” too. Enjoy!