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Subject: Merula Silvia
Author: Just Jonquil   (Authenticated as Just Jonquil)
Date: February 16, 2010 at 1:44:50 PM
I've just seen this combo, the name of the wife of actor Alec Guinness.
I love Silvia but Merula is weird - has anyone any thoughts on what it means? I see "Turdus Merula" (oh dear!) is the Latin name of the common blackbird.
There are a few girls called Merula on

"The practice of romantic names has become a very general evil ... many unfortunate beauties, of the names of Clarissa and Eloisa, might have escaped under the less dangerous ... Elizabeth or Deborah" - Isaac D’Israeli

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