It seems anything that isn’t in the nameberry database is considered “made up” in the forums, so I thought I would tell you where I got it. There is an editor who worked for [name]Marie[/name] [name]Claire[/name] magazine when I was in college and her name was Catesby. [name]Marie[/name] [name]Claire[/name] asks questions like “What are you buying this season?” and displays various employee answers at the front of the magazine. [name]One[/name] issue the question was “What is the story behind your name?” And, Catesby wrote that her name was [name]Elizabeth[/name] Catesby and she chose to go by the surname middle name that honored a branch of her family because it was more unique and spunky than [name]Elizabeth[/name]. That was my first encounter with the name. I have since seen the name (with different last names) on bylines of various articles on Newsweek, etc.
Examples of females named Catesby:
In addition, my due date is in the beginning of [name]November[/name]. My older daugther’s name was inspired by the movie “V for Vendetta” which has a major theme of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. [name]Robert[/name] Catesby was a conspirator in the treason on [name]November[/name] 5 in the UK. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Robert-Catesby.htm Not that I am naming my daughters for 17th Century terrorists, I am giving you points of interest and background on the name. There is also a village in [name]England[/name] called Catesby http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catesby,_Northamptonshire and a lovely shop http://www.catesbys.co.uk/
Catesby has a very strong tradition as a male name as many surnames do. In fact, both my husband’s last name and my maiden name are more often seen as first names today because of that incredibly common tradition. My husband’s main problem with his name is that people call him by his last name more often than his first because they begin with the same letter. There are lots of males named Catesby on the [name]East[/name] Coast where the connection to its English roots are presumably strongest. Patronymics and all. Catesby [name]Jones[/name] is a musician http://www.catesbyjones.com/ There are also characters in Shakespearean plays named Catesby, see [name]Richard[/name] III, The [name]Merry[/name] Wives of [name]Windsor[/name], As You Like It, and [name]Henry[/name] [name]VI[/name]. And, the naturalist mentioned in the thread, [name]Mark[/name] Catesby, has given his name to the Linnaeus binomial classification of species like the Catesby [name]Lily[/name]. http://www.cherylnewbygallery.com/021908Catesby_58WampumSnakewithCatesbysLily.htm
Pronunciation: [name]Cate[/name]'s bee. A hard C sounds like a K. A long “A” sound follows the “if two vowels go walking the first one does the talking” rule. Thus it sounds exactly like “[name]Kate[/name],” but looks like [name]Cate[/name] Blanchett’s first name. I am sure people were confused by her or her parents preferring that spelling to the commonly seen “[name]Kate[/name].” I have NEVER had anyone say that the ending sounded like “pee.” I am not sure what kind of accent you speak with, but I don’t think confusing “b” and “p” will be a problem where I am from.
Yes, my older daughter’s name is not found in the Nameberry database either. Her middle name is also universally liked on the forums. I have been reading nameberry for years and am also well versed in sibsets and name symmetry.
I would like to remind all of you that a large majority of readers are also “name nerds” like yourselves. I assure you we have researched and pondered names as many hours as you have. Please be respectful and if you have nothing nice to say, either don’t respond or don’t be blatantly rude. A lot of the threads are started not by people who troll around on these message boards, but by pregnant women whose names represent real people that they love. I appreciate the constructive criticism and suggestions. I am always hesitant to start a thread since they are permanent and any name mentioned in it makes it searchable on the site. If I could choose to ask only people I know are going to be nice, I would use these forums all the time because you have given me some good things to think about.