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Spike surname count
Based on my question here.

(Discounting the human AU's after some thought, because I don't think they fall exactly under the mindset of "What name would you think canonical William-the-Bloody was born under")

Asbury-Smythe
Ashley
Atwood
Barstow
Barstow
Barstow
Bartlett
Bennett
Bledsoe
Bradshaw
Brooksby (that'd be me, in a probably-never-to-be-published RPG)
Brown
Crawford
Erskine
Grey
Grieves
Hinchliffe
Jamison
Nelson
Sinclair
Stone
Tompkins
Turner

9 B's to at most 2 3 of any other letter, so far. Which was my theory. I have no idea what it might signify, though.

wrenlet

2004-12-05 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

William-the-Bloody

Influenced by that, maybe?

mpoetess

2004-12-05 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Maybe; several people have suggested it. It seems a bit off to me though -- my association with "The Bloody" was more with Spike;s acts, than with William's.

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julia_here

2004-12-05 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Caro uses Asbury-Smyth, which I guess makes the third A, and LazuliKat says Erskine, but that still leaves B an overwheming plurality.

I'd thought I'd noticed that pattern, thanks for doing the heavy lifting to confirm the suspicion.

Julia, nothing clever to say

mpoetess

2004-12-05 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll add those to the list!

bunnyohare

2004-12-05 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

The multipe Barstow thing is probably unintentional cribbing from other fic.

People really want his initials to be WB for some reason. *giggles*

This makes me think what name I would give him, and shockingly enough William Williams comes to mind, if only for the cheap laugh. Ooh, or Will Wheaton to piss Trek people off.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

The multipe Barstow thing is probably unintentional cribbing from other fic.

Which is my suspicion about the plurality of B's in general.

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chicken_cem

2004-12-05 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Weird associations.

Curiously, Ellen's gay best friend on "Ellen" was Peter Barnes, played by Peter Bristow, and so very time I read "Barstow" I think "Bristow", which of course makes me think "gay"! Esp. as Peter's boyfriend Garrett was played by Jack Plotnick (who is SO gay and was on Buffy as the deputy Mayor, and er, appears in public a lot with Tom Lenk).

mpoetess

2004-12-05 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

The scary thing is here I can almost follow that. ;-)

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herself_nyc

2004-12-05 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's Hinchliffe. No hard 'c' in the middle.

mpoetess

2004-12-05 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oops! Fixeded!

not_vacillating

2004-12-06 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

I have no idea what it might signify, though.

Bloody Bill's buggered British birthname ... err... patterns?

(author offers abject apologies)

mpoetess

2004-12-06 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Snerrrrrrrrrk.

neta_meta

2004-12-06 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Hey. It should be Bennett. That was my name 'til I left school. :D

mpoetess

2004-12-06 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

We've got at least one Bennett in the running!

tabaqui

2004-12-06 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hehe.
Neat.
Barstow is awfully popular.
I gave him the surname 'Sinclair' in 'Changes'.

mpoetess

2004-12-06 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

All three Barstows are in S/X fic, so there's a good chance there was brain-drift there. esp. Since the first two were both quite popular early-ish fics. (the third being Ladycat & Rubywisp's current Letters tagfic)

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lynnenne

2004-12-06 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm giggling that someone gave him the last name "Erskine," because that's the name of my street. I think it's another word for "rat." There's gotta be a hidden message in there somewhere...

I like Brooksby. Mind if I steal it for my human AU ficathon assignment?

mpoetess

2004-12-06 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Feel free!

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bedawyn

2004-12-13 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Here's another B for you... I don't remember the fic, but one of the early ones I read gave it as Bredon. I liked that so much I still use it in my head, and other names tend to strike me as very wrong.

mpoetess

2004-12-14 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

I think 'Barstow' probably had a similar effect on me, as I had to fight to keep myself from using it the one time I did give Spike a last name, and even then I didn't escape the Curse of the B.

raynejelly

2008-09-17 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

So, several years late on the uptake here (what can I say, I'm slow to LJ) but I thought I'd point out "Pratt" Which - hah. Funny in it's own way, but I'm fairly sure I read that as being canonical somewhere (great reference, I know, next time I'll MLA).

About B's - I have an alphabet balance theory, W being so near the end of the alphabet needed something nearer the top to balance it out - failing that, it just sounds good. Could be a WarnerBrother thing though...

mpoetess

2008-09-17 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Pratt came from Peter David's comic "Spike: Old Times!" Which is... more or less or more canonical given the direction of the wind and whether Joss had coffee on any given morning before deciding to retcon one of the comic storylines.