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Subject: Some work for a name detective
Author: Barbara   (guest)
Date: March 25, 2002 at 5:08:04 AM
I am interested in the names of Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft, who appear in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. I have read the entry on Sherlock, but I wonder why Doyle chose this name. Was it common in Victorian England (or rather awkward)? Are these surnames used as first names? Do you know of any other people named like this before Sherlock Holmes? Where could Doyle have got the names from?

To cut it short: any further information? I'd appreciate any answer. Thanks.

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