Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Southern Names

Posted April 14, 2010 9:46 a.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2010 11:03 a.m. EDT

What is the most unusual Southern name you have heard? Brian Shrader came up with a good one this morning. He's been listening to some old Raleigh radio reports from the 1960's. He chuckled when he heard a farm reporter named Spurgeon.

We named our puppy Rufus because that sounded like a nice Southern name. I've attached a recent picture of the cocker spaniel and poodle mix. Lately I've addressed my dog as Ruf-Bob. He seems to like that.

If I had another dog I'd probably name him Beauregard. That sounds very South Carolina Southern.

Growing up my sisters called me Willie Gus. That was drawn from my name of William Augustus Leslie III. Anne Crutchfield of Morganton used to call me Willie, the One, Two Three.

Kelcey Carlson likes the following Southern names: Wanda, Holmes, Cleve and Clyde.

What's your favorite Southern name? Let's do both male and female names.

Congratulations to scalettlaroux and hitem for winning a pair of tickets to Saturday night's big concert in Cary.  If the winners will email me with name information I will make sure your tickets are ready.  My email address is