Names

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Why Pontins thinks I’m an ‘undesirable guest’

Letters: Immunity passports are nothing to fear

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nothing to fear Sir: Many of us await the day when we can travel abroad for much-anticipated holidays — but…

Where would politics be without fighting talk?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Tencent Wykeham’ has a ring to it. It captures how easily British universities can be bought. It is the new…

The rudeness of calling Jane Austen by her surname

13 February 2021 9:00 am

I agree with Charles Moore (The Spectator, 6 February) that it is a shame the Times is dropping its use…

Lockdowns can destroy the lives they’re intended to protect

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Some Leavers are perturbed that Lord Frost was suddenly stood down as the next National Security Adviser. This anxiety may…

Letters: Solidarity is the best thing for Scotland

28 November 2020 9:00 am

SNP sophistry Sir: Andrew Wilson (‘Scot free’, 21 November) poses the question: ‘What if the case for independence was a…

First names are for friends and family, not bosses and builders

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The death of the surname

The EU hasn’t settled the ‘German question’. It’s reopened it

4 June 2016 9:00 am

‘No one can seriously deny that European integration brought an end to Franco-German conflict and has settled the German question…

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

Wear The Fox Hat looks innocent enough but try saying it in an Irish accent

12 December 2015 9:00 am

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s image never quite recovered in many people’s view from the photograph of him picking up his…

Saints still beat Game of Thrones for baby-naming – but maybe not Mohammed

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We reached peak Charlie in 2012, when 5,571 baby boys were given the name. There were only 4,642 last year.…

How many asexuals are there?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

No sex, please Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually…

Don’t want a Princess Charlotte? Try Violant, Fatima, Davina, Senna…

9 May 2015 9:00 am

It could have been much worse. Someone had pointed out that among the new baby’s ancestors was Queen Violant of…

Nicky Haslam’s diary: Marie-Anna Berta Felicie Johanna Ghislaine Theodora Huberta Georgina Helene Genoveva and other big names

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my…

The joy of cemeteries

2 November 2013 9:00 am

How to get the best out of visiting a cemetery

Letters: On quitting Facebook, and putting down Nigel

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Why we joined Sir: I was astonished by the assertion made by Wyn Grant (Letters, 21 September) that ‘the postwar…