What’s in a name? A lot if it’s Six­tus Do­minic Boni­face Christo­pher ...

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Many peo­ple from Asia choose a West­ern­ized fore­name to make it eas­ier for their friends and col­leagues from that part of the world, as many Western­ers strug­gle to get their vo­cal chords around some Chi­nese names.

But they are un­likely to swap pop­u­lar choices such as David or Emily to fol­low in the foot­steps of one of Bri­tain’s most quirky and ec­cen­tric mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

Con­ser­va­tive law­maker Jacob Rees-Mogg and his wife He­lena have named their newly ar­rived son Six­tus Do­minic Boni­face Christo­pher.

As the name im­plies, it’s Rees-Mogg’s sixth child. How­ever, baby-name books say Six­tus is de­rived from the Greek name Xys­tus, mean­ing “pol­ished”, and should not be con­fused with the Latin name Sex­tus, mean­ing sixth.

Pick­ing name op­tions from the new ar­rival’s five sib­lings may not prove much help ei­ther. The other mem­bers of the Rees-Mogg clan are called Al­fred Wul­fric Leyson Pius, Thomas Went­worth Som­er­set Dun­stan, Peter Theodore Alphege, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam and Mary Anne Char­lotte Emma.

Quirky style

Rees-Mogg’s quirky style of ad­dress­ing his fel­low MPs in the House of Com­mons has proved so pop­u­lar that he is emerg­ing as a star on so­cial me­dia in Bri­tain.

There are even T-shirts on sale show­ing the be­spec­ta­cled MP with the words: “The Mogg Fa­ther”.

One comment ap­pear­ing on a pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia site on Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of the MPs sixth child, said: “How won­der­ful, congratulations!!! Now let’s get Six­tus and the oth­ers into num­ber 10!”

One of the top-sell­ing na­tional tabloids was even sug­gest­ing on Wed­nes­day that “with Theresa May on the skids, he’s be­ing tipped to run for the top job” as prime min­is­ter.

The son of the renowned for­mer editor of the Times news­pa­per, Wil­liam ReesMogg was ed­u­cated at top school Eton be­fore head­ing to Ox­ford.

One of Bri­tain’s best known po­lit­i­cal sketch writ­ers, Quentin Letts, has even de­scribed Rees-Mogg as “the hon­or­able mem­ber of par­lia­ment for the early 20th cen­tury”.

Rees-Mogg earned a place in the record books five years ago when he used what would be­come the long­est word ever printed in Hansard, the official record of de­bates in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

The word was the 29-let­ter floc­cin­aucini­hilip­il­i­fi­ca­tion, which means the “act or habit of es­ti­mat­ing as worth­less” and Rees-Mogg said that it “came to mind as it does from time to time”.

The highly euro-scep­tic Con­ser­va­tive ex­plained in a me­dia in­ter­view that the use of the word had helped in his crit­i­cism of judges in the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice in Lux­em­bourg.

How won­der­ful, congratulations!!! Now let’s get Six­tus and the oth­ers into num­ber 10!”

Comment on UK so­cial me­dia

JOE KLAMAR / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A horse in­ter­acts with a stud master dur­ing a pro­gram called “Piber meets Vi­enna 2017” at the fa­mous Span­ish Horse Rid­ing School at the Hof­burg palace in Vi­enna, Aus­tria.

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