Dec 06

Call Him By His Name

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As many of you probably know, my wife Isabel gave birth to a baby boy on Friday afternoon – mother and baby are still in hospital, until tomorrow we think: he is absolutely fine but she had a difficult labour so they’re keeping her in for now. I’m very proud of her and we’re both delighted.

Freaky Trigger is not generally a site known for baby news and, though I’m sure in due course I’ll be asking my offspring to contribute, it’s going to stay that way. But this is one exception: in a Freaky Trigger WORLD EXCLUSIVE* I’m going to reveal the name of the newborn. Ladies and gents please welcome Lytton Michael Ewing.

(Not named after the Bloomsbury group writer, or the Victorian inspiration for Bovril, or the minor 80s Dr Who character. We just saw the name in a baby book and liked it.)

*Unless you’re a close relative, or one of the hospital staff who’s been filling in forms for us today.


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    stevem on 2 Dec 2006 #

    Lytton be his name! William Hill are having a field day I can tell you.

    Heartiest congratulations to the family Ewing!

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    Pete on 2 Dec 2006 #

    Bah it was done on purpose to foil the sweep. Congratulations but BAH!

    I note the Knebworth connection tot he Lytton family, and hopefully there will be trips to Lytton in British Columbia: the white water rafting capital of Canada.

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    Tom on 3 Dec 2006 #

    I warned the sweepmongers that they should pay out on middle names!

    I was going to send it to Pete as a text exclusive but a) no mobile reception outside hospital and b) I realised everyone would think he was lying.

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    Al Ewing on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Is it pronounced Litt-on or Ly-ton?

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    Stevie on 3 Dec 2006 #

    I thoroughly recommend a baby-head-wetting visit to the Lytton Arms – a great Knebworth pub designed by Lutyens.

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    Tom on 3 Dec 2006 #


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    Tom on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Well that’s how we’re pronouncing it.

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    alext on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Is it bad that my first thought was ‘Bulwer-Lytton’ rather than ‘Strachey’?

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    Nicole on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Is it bad that my first thought was ‘Bulwer-Lytton’ rather than ‘Strachey’?

    That’s what I was thinking of as well.

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    Ned R. on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Whatever his first full sentence will be, it will be memorable.

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    Kat on 3 Dec 2006 #

    Forgive me if I ever end up drunkenly calling him Lydon Ewing.

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    Peter Miller on 4 Dec 2006 #

    Congratulations. It is a nice name.

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    Lena on 4 Dec 2006 #

    Lydon Ewing sounds like the punk rock n’er-do-well of the Dallas clan.

    Lytton Ewing sounds good – distinctive, yet solid. Congratulations and I hope mother and baby are doing well!

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    Tom on 4 Dec 2006 #

    All the Dallas Ewings were ne’er-do-wells. As a child I was impressed by Zack Ewing, as played by the marvellously named DACK RAMBO.

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    Marcello Carlin on 4 Dec 2006 #

    For a second I thought he had been christened after improv drumming legend Paul Lytton (IMPROV WILL CONQUER ALL) but what a fab name nonetheless!

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    Martin Skidmore on 4 Dec 2006 #

    1. This feeble attempt to deny a Dr Who connection will fool no one.
    2. He will change his name to Rodden as soon as he is old enough.

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    JimD on 5 Dec 2006 #

    Fantastic news! Congratulations Tom and Isabel, and hello Lytton!

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    Daddyismus on 6 Dec 2006 #

    Many congrats Tom (the Pop pop) and missus! He’ll be the only Lytton in his class (unless the name suddenly takes off in popularity…)

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    anatol_merklich on 12 Dec 2006 #

    I am 1 x bit late with this, but big congratulations to all the Ewings!

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