What’s in a name ? WHERE do the NAMES nessa And DEMELZA COME from?
We love the names of the heroes in Knights And Bikes, but wondered where they came from. Interestingly, neither of them is from where many have speculated. “I think one thing we should say is that [Nessa’s] got nothing to do with Ness from Earthbound, and Moo was really horrified because we just hadn’t made the connection at all and someone made it on the Kickstarter or something,” Crawle tells us. “But then Demelza is named after a little village very close to where I grew up. It’s this tiny little place. There were only 26 people in my entire school and I think three of them were called Demelza. It was a really popular name where I grew up. There’s probably not that many schools that have that proportion of Demelzas, but there were a lot of them that year. But again, since we’ve been working on this, Poldark was relaunched and has a strong Demelza character as well, and some people have asked, ‘Oh, did that come from Poldark?’ and I have been similarly pissed off, as if I had just nicked it off BBC One on a Saturday night. But essentially everyone in the game has a Cornish place name as a name. So, there are a whole bunch of other people who are named after places near where I used to hang out.”