Victorian Chavs

The word ‘Chav’ has had several interpretations its current pejorative usage is recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary to mean

  • a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of (real or imitation) designer clothes.

However I found a Victorian reference (but annoyingly cannot recall where) to the word Chav meaning ‘poor’, and the ‘underclass’ have always been poor.

Victorian-Baby-Name-TrendBut what is more interesting is how the baby names of the successful chavs are resurrecting Victorian names (knowingly or unknowingly). The usual media outlets have scoffed but some are in fact fairly old.

Brooklyn for instance (that is the name of the David Beckhams’ first born child) was apparently first used in 1870 for a baby who was Christened Brooklyn Revell Moorey.

Apple is another and looking popular if actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) are anything to go by.They share their name with Apple Jordan who was born in 1853.

Peter Andre has a daughter called Princess and this name was first registered in 1847 and has since been used at least 1,800 times.

Both of my children have Victorian names…no surprise there really although one is named after her great-grandmother who was born in 1895!



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