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My son is named Jasper Lee. My great-grandpa's middle name was Jasper. Lee is after my husband, best friend, grandpa, and great-grandma. When we originally picked Jasper for his first name, I didn't realize that it was a family name. Our oldest child has a completely random name, so it felt awesome to continue with our 2nd and last baby and have a family name. I love that both of my kids names you DON'T hear at all!
MrsDummy2102  10/20/2019
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Usage: English, Dutch, Finnish, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), German (Rare), Judeo-Christian Legend

Pronounced: JAS-pər (English), YAS-pər (Dutch), YAH-spehr (Finnish), YAS-bu (Danish), YAS-peh (Swedish), YA-spu (German)
RHAWK3935  7/17/2019
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One of the antagonists in the TV show Steven Universe.

Also the name of my leopard gecko.
UlrikMunther  6/27/2019
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Also used in Germany and Scandinavia if true. Pronounced in German as YAS-pu, Danish as YAS-bu, Swedish as YAS-peh or YAS-pa depending on which one is correct, and YAH-spehr in Finnish.
RHAWK3935  6/13/2019
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The name Jasper is way too outdated for you folks to name your kids nowadays and must be put to rest for now. I'd favor Casper or Kasper over that from now on.
RHAWK3935  5/3/2019
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Jasper is a character in Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited. Jasper is the cousin of Charles Ryder the principle character in the book. He introduces Charles into the lavish and hedonistic lifestyle at Oxford University in the early 1920s where he meets the dashing lord Sebastian Flyte.
Goldcrown  4/25/2019
1
I enjoy the sound of Jasper and it reminds me of the vampire character from the Twilight series, although I unfortunately now believe this name is much too trendy for me to ever use.
jazzycritique  2/2/2019
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In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Jasper who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1473rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
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'Jasper Jones' is the title of a 2017 Australian film. The character Jasper is the town's mixed race aboriginal outcast. He is fingered for the murder of a young girl, and his friend Charlie, a friend of both, sets out to prove his innocence.

Personal side note:
I love the alliteration of Jasper Jones - a very cool name.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2018
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It's an okay name.
kayisforkeen  8/23/2018
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This article is filled with errors and misinformation. The name JASPER comes from the bible (both the OT and NT) where it repeatedly refers to the precious gemstone by the same name. It is not the first time people have used gemstones as a name, for example, others include DIAMOND, PEARL, RUBY, etc.

The article claims that JASPER is of Persian origin and means "Treasurer". This is incorrect; the word "Jasper" does NOT occur in either modern or ancient Persian. Nor is the modern Persian (Farsi) word for treasurer remotely related.

The article claims that JASPER is related to GASPAR, CASPAR, and KASPAR and means "Treasurer". While these last three names can be traced back to the Chalean and ancient Hebrew word "GIZBAR" (See Wikipedia article on CASPER) and do indeed mean "Treasurer" there is NO etymological relationship between the name JASPER and any of these. In fact, the letter "J" did not enter the English language until centuries after those names.

While it is true that some British Christmas plays did indeed substitute the name JASPER for CASPER there is no etymological relationship between the two names. However, the name JESPER (because of the letter "J") is most likely a cognate.
gizbar2  4/23/2018
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Common name for cats and dogs.
Hushpuppy  3/14/2018
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A person whom will have a purpose for all (mankind).
jasperdwain  1/31/2018
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I always thought of the artist, Jasper Johns, when I heard this name. Now I think of my 1 year old son. I paired it with Boheme as a middle name. The artist Mark Ryden also named his son Jasper. Brecciated Jasper is a really pretty version of the stone. I definitely feel it's more masculine than feminine, but it's not completely macho. I think there is also a National Park in Canada named Jasper. It's a good nature name for boys. They are hard to come by without being too feminine, cheesy or overused. It took us forever to decide on a name. I was just calling him Comanche for a while. Boheme I've seen used as a girl's first name but I think it can go both ways. I sometimes call the baby Jasper Bo.
andreana  9/29/2017
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Sounds like a pet name to me.
Luvbug86  6/4/2017
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Jasper is very handsome and adorable. I love it with names like Hermione, Caspian, Loki and etc on my list. I feel I wouldn't use it because my friend has it higher up on their list but if I was, his name would be Jasper Edward Samuels and I find that so vogue and just reminds me of a sweet baby boy who's kind and just respectful. It also has a 1920s feel in my perspective and I love it so much because of it.
QuinnBethany  4/8/2017
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I really like this name. It's usually a boy's name but it can be a girl's name too. There's a little girl at my church with this name.
Katiebeth04  2/14/2017
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"Jewell" of the mountain. From Revelation 21:10-11 "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a Jasper stone, clear as crystal."
All Wisdom  12/5/2016
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This is a popular dog name, but don't let that stop you. Molly; Poppy; Harry and Max are very popular dog names too, and nobody bats an eyelid at those. Hey, I even had a dog called Jasper. He was amazing. Full of character. I would use this name on my son in a heartbeat. And as someone else commented above, I also love Jasper with Theodore, though maybe as brothers if I am that lucky.
And the similarity of Jassie to Jessie is another reason I think this name should be more popular.
Jasper being a 'nature name'; a semiprecious stone, is a plus.
queen_vic  10/18/2016
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Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel (c. January 1849 – October 10, 1911) was an American distiller and businessman, best known as the founder of the Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2016
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Jasper is a feminine name as well.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2016
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Why choose Jasper as the enemy all the time? I think it's a great name! Would be good as a gardener, farmer or maybe even someone who is gentle, forgiving and cares for the underdog. I will definitely use this name sometime in the future! (you can do the same if you want, but it's up to you!)
JemimaP1  5/11/2016
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I've always liked this name; it sounds like the name of a man who uses his immense money and power to help those who are less fortunate than him.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
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My brother's name is Jasper, and he is caucasian, and has lived all over the world. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand. We now live in Hawaii, (not together) on the island of Oahu. He enjoys his name. It's different, and he is a caring, awesome man. I'm proud to have a brother named Jasper!
malikamontano  4/21/2016
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Jasper is the name of a character in the kids TV show Steven Universe. She's an alien from a species that doesn't have genders, but is considered female. Jasper is a villain, and not the best namesake.
Aliria  4/5/2016
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Jasper is my son's name and I couldn't be happier that we chose this name. Our Jasper is an adorable blond and blue-eyed boy with eyes like a piece of Jasper so the name suits him to a T. I love that the name is not over-used so that it retains uniqueness. When we chose this name, I knew some people would hate it and that we would just have to be brave, and I'm so glad we did. Jasper is a fresh name in a sea of overused names.
― Anonymous User  2/29/2016
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Jasper is a really nice name, sounds mysterious. Personally I don't think I would use it for myself. But if I do, I love the sound of Jasper Theodore or Jasper Theo. Truly elegant sounding.
555jazzy  10/11/2015
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Jasper is one of the bigger national parks in Canada, with spectacular scenery and a lot of elk. I've been there plenty of times for camping, and I'll never be able to unlink the name Jasper from the park.
pencils  8/15/2015
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It's a sweet name with good/positive meanings and it's actually difficult to find a Jasper who does'nt have a good image (rich or poor) by the way it's not just for the Britons. I'm a Nigerrian and I have my niece bearing the same name, I also have a friend who's insisting on naming her baby Jasper as a middle name... well my father gave all his children biblical names like Jasper, Zebulon, Jessey, Goodness and Miracle. So mine was derived from the bible.
jasper JP  8/1/2015
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Jasper is the name of an antagonist in the American cartoon Steven Universe.
Nerdinformer  6/29/2015
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I don't care what you all say. I love my name, although my second name is girlish. I still don't care.
Jcube000  6/23/2015
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Jasper Sitwell, SHIELD Agent, is a recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feorsteorra  6/16/2015
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Jasper Jordan is a character on the CW show The 100.
twlightblack11  3/25/2015
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I can't say I care for this name. I really don't like the sound, but I like the nickname "Jas".
Ali Hassan  3/9/2015
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Tom from "Tom and Jerry" was originally called Jasper in the early debut episodes.
Ali Hassan  3/5/2015
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I think this name is absolutely horrible and can't understand the appeal.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2014
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I think the name Jasper is brilliant and beautiful! The meaning of it is cute. :-) Imagine meeting twins called Jasper and Casper? Aww! :3.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2014
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This is my brothers name and everyone LOVES IT. He refers to himself as jazz. He is the first born, and I am the second. My parents love music with a passion as we are Jazz and Piper. I was named after the actress as well but it fits in both scenarios.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2014
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Jasper Fforde is the author of the amazingly clever "literary detective" Thursday Next novels.
shadow1999  12/15/2013
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I think it's simple, not overused, and not a real bad name.
Gio123  10/4/2013
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Welsh version, 'Siasbar'.
SilveryRow  9/2/2013
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Jasper King is one of the main characters of the "Five Little Peppers" books by Margaret Sydney.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2013
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Jasper is the name of Bentley and Kelly's dog on the 50s-60s American television series "Bachelor Father".
― Anonymous User  7/11/2012
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I really like the name Jasper; it sounds eccentric and unique. I hope it'll be used more often in the future too as it sounds unusual and yet not too unusual to be heard on a person. Also, I think it would suit any age, and reminds me of somebody with character and personality. :-)
walesgal92  3/10/2012
1
Jasper Brinkley (an American football player).
― Anonymous User  12/11/2011
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I think of a creepy old man, so I dislike this name.
GibsonGirl  10/28/2011
1
John Jasper is a character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
Kate  5/15/2011
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Of course, there's Jasper Johns the artist.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2011
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Jasper Bartlett is one of the main characters on Cartoon Network's live-action series Unnatural History.
Lady_Skywalker  12/18/2010
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Handsome and sophisticated; I love this name, but one namesake irks me.

Jasper from 101 Dalmations, I don't mind.
Jasper Carrot the TV presenter, I don't mind.
Jasper one of the wise men, I don't mind [I'm an atheist].
Jasper Hale, I DO mind.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
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I'd like to correct the name's official description. The three "wise men" were not likely to have been kings. It's far more likely that they were followers of Zoroaster, hence the term magi being associated with them. (Magi were adept at reading the stars, which is probably why they were led by a star to Jesus even in the more popular versions.) Since I'd hazard a guess that most people have not heard of Zoroastrianism these days, the meaning's been lost in favor of the "three kings at manger-side" portrayal, not that it's been helped any by carols or nativity scenes that depict the "wise men".
Wilted  6/15/2010
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Jasper is a very cool name for a boy born in this decade. A lot of "J" names sound really good on guys and this one has a really nice, kinda quirky but hip sound to it. I have thought about naming a son this but not quite sure how his name would be received by the general public (I'm in the U.S.) as I think many people still think of this name as too old-fashioned sounding. Anyway, I think it is time for Jasper to be reborn and maybe it is starting to be. It's been increasing in popularity each year, at #337 in 2009.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2010
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I really like this name. It makes me think of a tall, blonde guy who is quiet but loyal and peaceful. Twilight is probably the reason I like it so much.
Black_X  5/8/2010
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Personally I can't see this name on anyone who is not English. (And I'm American.) For some reason (in my mind), this name coincides with an English accent.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2010
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Jasper is a character in "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula LeGuin. Jasper is the rival of the main character, Ged and enjoys making Ged look foolish.

Jasper is also an old country name for a wasp in England.

Despite the fact authors often choose the name Jasper for their minor villains (maybe because of the wasp thing), I think this name is really gorgeous.
SandSea  2/20/2010
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Better on a pet.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2010
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As a name, it derives from Gaspar, which derives from an ancient Chaldean word, "Gizbar", meaning "treasurer".

As a stone, it derives from Greek "iaspis", a green spotted stone, probably derived from a Semitic language, possibly Hebrew "yashpheh", meaning "to polish".
earthnut  1/23/2010
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I really like the name Jasper. But for some reason (and this may sound weird, I apologize if it does), I can't picture a man named Jasper who *doesn't* have an English accent. Seriously--well, to me anyway, since I'm American--this is such a quintessentially English name.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2010
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I immediately think of Caspar the Friendly Ghost and Jasper Cullen when I hear this name. I have a hard time identifying the name "Jasper" with a human.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2010
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I saw a poster a while ago with the face of a missing child named Skyla Jasper. I can't remember her last name, but her first two stick in my head. My sympathies go out to her family.
lillyanna  12/20/2009
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This name is so adorable! Not in a childish way, but Jasper is such a great name! I always think of the stone Dalmation Jasper when I see this name.
-Julia-  7/25/2009
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The Book of Revelation gives Jasper as the cornerstone of New Jerusalem, whose walls are said to be made of the stone. The Jasper on the ephod of Aaron has been traditionally thought to represent the tribe of Benjamin.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2009
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While this name may not look so nice on paper, the sound of Jasper is one of the most beautiful. I especially like the fact that it belongs to not only one of the 3 Wise men, but also to Jasper Cullen in the Twilight series. Another plus is that it means "treasure." I would consider naming a child this.
Anthroponomastics  5/27/2009
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Jasper is the name of Brian's gay cousin on Family Guy. He has a Portuguese boyfriend named Ricardo.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2009
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Jasper Carrott is a British comedian, actor and TV presenter.
persephone1313  2/24/2009
1
I, being a child of the 90s, tend think of Chuck E. Cheese whenever I hear this name because it was the name of that dog character there. Once I get past that, though, I kind of like it. I would probably use it as a middle name, though.
lavieboheme1993  2/15/2009
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I am surprised that some people have commented about this being used for a girl, as Jasper is one of the MOST MASCULINE names I know. I like the name Jasper, but I much prefer the German form, Kaspar.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2009
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I love this name, and know an adorable little boy named Jasper. His nicknames are Jap, Japs, and Jax. Just a lovely name, I would love to use it.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2008
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It's also quite a common name in the Netherlands where it is pronounced YAHS-pur.
renee06  10/22/2008
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Jasper Polish was an actress in the move Astronaut Farmer. She is the daughter of director Michael Polish and Jo Strettel.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2008
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This name makes me think of mean, bigoted hillbillies. It also brings to my mind a very annoying Finnish celebrity named Jasper who is always whining about how much he hates being famous. Nothing but bad associations, sorry.
slight night shiver  4/24/2008
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Pronounced "Yahs-pur".
MaggieSimpson  4/7/2008
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As it is, this name is most certainly not feminine, and I urge any who would name a daughter this to reconsider or to add a feminine diminutive suffix if necessary. I believe that Crystal, Sapphire, or Pearl are better gemstone names for girls.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2008
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I love this name for a girl or a boy. For a girl I think it is beautiful with the middle name Rose.
persephone1313  1/30/2008
1
Jasper is the name of a town located in Florida. I've been there because I don't live far from it. Truthfully, it's really small and spooky at times.
Cyneburga  10/29/2007
2
There is a character named Jasper Jacks on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. He goes by Jax (go figure).
reverie  10/26/2007
1
I adore this name. If I had a pet lion, I would name it Jasper.
thefancyapple  8/29/2007
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Hhhhmmmm. Not sure what to think of this name. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. It's a nice name for an old man, but I can't see a toddler or a teenager named Jasper. Of course, all those old men named Jasper were young at some point.
joanie2007  8/16/2007
3
This is the name of Grampa's friend on the Simpsons.
Drak  7/10/2007
0
Jasper is such, a cool, fresh, uncommon name! I like it - for a girl or boy. It reminds me of the name Juniper. Lol, Jasper and Juniper - now there's a unique sibset!
Georgia_kh  4/13/2007
2
Love this name, and LOVE the nickname Jazz!
earthnut  1/17/2007
2
This is a VERY cool name. ;)
Surreal  1/5/2007
3
Yes, good name for a boy but /terrible/ for a girl! I don't care about naming girls after gemstones, please don't name your daughter this!
bobcat_explorer  12/29/2006
2
Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, was uncle to Henry VII of England.
islandgull  10/7/2006
0
Jasper Hale is a character in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Lomesir22  7/31/2006
2
It is actually quite a good name for a boy who is full of passion and reasonable as well.
ylxzone  7/25/2006
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One of the worst names I've heard in my life. I hate this name with a fiery passion.
Mithos514  7/19/2006
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I think this name is great!
― Anonymous User  6/9/2006
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I know that you have this listed as a boys name but I think it could be used as a girls name with the reference to the gemstone!
Kalvin  2/8/2006
2
This is the name of a town in Alberta, Canada. It's a nice place to snowboard, nice mountains there.
Jinx  1/8/2006
2
Jasper Badun is one of Cruella De Vil's henchmen in "101 Dalmatians."
breakofday  12/21/2005
1
This is my brother's name. My dad, a geologist, chose "rock" names for all of us. (I'm Obsidian, my sister is Amethyst.)
elizabeth hamlet  12/16/2005

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