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What does your first name mean?
According to the most reliable sources (whatever these may be), Darcy means "dweller in the fortress." I found this out in seventh grade, when our Latin teacher researched all of our names in order to give us Latin names; mine was Arcita (and occasionally I've used this as a handle on MUDs and the like). When I was much younger, however, I remember meeting a smooth-talking man of Irish extraction who told me that my name meant Queen of the Clover. Needless to say, this delighted me utterly. I'm rather fond of its purported "real" meaning too, though. (It can also, naturally, simply mean "from Arcy," Arcy apparently being an island [or town] somewhere in France.)

What does your middle name mean?
Anne? Apparently it's Hebrew for "grace," or "full of grace," although that's just based on a quick search of websites. I know there are any number of people on my friendslist who could correct me on this.

What does your last name mean?
Depending on the language of origin, it means either "red" or "beautiful." There's an excellent apocryphal story (although I'm starting to wonder if it mightn't actually be true) telling how when the Communist party took over Russia, they didn't want to rename Krasne Square (Beautiful Square) in Moscow, so they simply changed the meaning of the word in order that the square be called Red Square. Despite my Russian ancestry, in this case the name is actually Polish, and it certainly either means or meant "beautiful" in Polish (once again, there are people on my flist who can correct me there). Just today, one of my students, who's from the Czech Republic, asked me if I was Czech, since Krasne apparently also means beautiful in Czech.

So what does your name mean when put together?
Taking it in the most positive light, "beautiful, graceful dweller in the fortress." ;)

What would you have been named if you were the opposite gender?
Pascal. :) Like the boy in The Red Balloon, and also kind of naming me after my grandfather, whose name was Paul, but originally Pinkus, and occasionally he got called Pasha.

Any other name oddities?
I was almost named Alexis, so that my mother could call me Alix. I absolutely detest that spelling of the nickname Alex, so it's a really good thing I wasn't named that!!!

Do you like your name?

What do you like best about it?
It's pretty unusual. :)

What do you like least about it?
A few things: people can never pronounce or spell it; I constantly get things from England addressed to Mr. Darcy Krasne; and everyone always makes the comparison to Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy. Although in England that was occasionally varied with mentions of Darcey Bussell, so you'd really think that they might be able to realize there was a possibility that I'm not male.

If you had to change your name (witness protection program, whatever), what would you want it to be?
Hmm. That's something I've never thought about. I might choose the name of a favorite character, or I might pick something else. I really don't know.
On a related note, though, if I ever go back and attempt to erase my fanfic from showing up under my name on Google, I'll probably use Arcita as a handle.


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