Thanks to everybody who voted in our first match-ups! Zion won in a landslide, 14-4, while Griffin managed to survive Dawson, 12-7. Exciting.
Are you ready for the next round?
In the "HISTORICAL / LITERARY" region, number 1 seed Langston faces 16 Fitzwilliam and in the "INTERNATIONAL" region, number 1 seed Santiago faces 16 Seamus.
Siobhan - Ok, friends, the historical/literary region is a tough match up for me. I like both names because of how the emulate strength,intelligence and eloquence. Langston was chosen because of the poet Langston Hughes. He is an amazing writer and lead the Harlem Renaissance. Fitzwilliam Darcy, aka Mr. Darcy, is from Pride and Prejudice. Need I say more? As for the International region, it's a tough match because they both are forms of James. Seamus, pronounced Shay-mus, is the Irish form of James and Santiago is the Latin/Spanish form of James. I like the book of James and how the prophet shared great wisdom.
Gar - Obviously, we like all 4 names since they're in the bracket... but this bracket is all about which names will WIN! Heh heh. Mr. Darcy, while a dashing character, is still just fiction to me. Langston Hughes was a real person, whose artistic talent thrived despite the racial prejudices of his day. Santiago and Seamus are a tougher match for me, but Santiago edges out Seamus because Santiago is the name of the main character in one of my all-time favorite books, The Alchemist.
Siobhan - Mr. Darcy was more than just dashing; he had superpowers to woo young Elizabeth Bennett with his reticence and his come hither looks. Who can say that they can get a girl from just being a strong silent type? As for Seamus, I believe that it would be a difficult name to go to school with. Just think about all the mispronunciations that could happen. But then again, will Santiago have to keep answering the question: Are you Spanish?
Gar - I'm sure our son can survive questions about being Spanish if both his parents had IRISH first names... from TV shows! Ha. Yes, Mr. Darcy's come hither looks worked on Miss Bennett... but she was a fictional character too! Pshhht. Besides, Fitzwilliam seems like an unnecessary extension of William. I can imagine the kids making fun of Baby Chan already... "Hey William... are you having a FIT?" End of story.