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Genealogy with a Rabbit? (Seriously?)


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SLR business card image

I still get quite a few curious tweets, Facebook comments, e-mails and Instagram reactions about this.

And, my name?!? (0.0)  I have been told repeatedly that it is very difficult for many people to take my writings and responses seriously with such a name like: Sir Leprechaunrabbit

“You should change it!”

Perhaps I can explain why I haven’t yet.

It was lonnnggg before Twitter, while MiLady and I were still courting (2001), I wrote her poetry and signed it, “(Your) Leprechaun Prince” — which was the nickname that she had given me.

Prince: because I was a courteous, Old World gentleman, who treated her (and made her feel) like a Lady; and,

Leprechaun: denoting my Irish heritage (leprechauns are *not* tall; I’m only 5’5″ or 165.1cm), my knack for creating/locating trouble, and my witty — sometimes sexual — sense of humour.

Fast Forward ten years: March 2011

I needed a Twitter name AND Leprechaun Prince was already taken!

I don’t remember HOW “rabbit” came into the equation, but it seemed harmless enough, especially if I lost interest in tweeting like so many people do within their first year.

So, my reasoning was simple: if I couldn’t be a Leprechaun Prince, a Leprechaun Rabbit I would be …

[TOO MANY CHARACTERS]

“Remove the space, Dear’st,” MiLady suggested, “Make it one word.”

“Leprechaunrabbit”

[TOO MANY CHARACTERS]

It took a lot of thinking before we reasoned to remove a vowel rather than a consonant

So what began as Leprechaun Rabbit became “Leprchaunrabbit” with a small “L”

It wasn’t until about six months later, after I came across an amusing cartoon in an Ontario gensoc (genealogical society) periodical regarding rabbit genealogy, that I understood the irony of my name and all the fun I could have!

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2014 was the beginning of GenChat

2014-10-31-08-43-17A fiery, little redhead came on the scene with a genealogy-focused chat hosted on Twitter. Every fortnight was a new topic.

I sat quietly … (it was only an hour) … and was very well-behaved … (until, maybe the third visit)?

It wasn’t my fault, really! My grasp of American slang is … uh … very much in need of a translator! (Far too many times, tea washed across my computer screen and keyboard.  Funny thing though, I have been accused of causing similar accidents to numerous other computers and laptops.).

So, where did “Sir” come from?

24DEC2014 Rabbit was knighted by “ThePirateQueen.”

Why? Perhaps in response to her Royal moniker given in February? LOL (Don’t blame me, I didn’t give it to her.). 

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— the Leprechaun Rabbit has been around before GenChat, but to change the name now after five and a half years? 

Last year, I commissioned Tera Hunter, a young artist from Washington State, to draw my portrait!

Not all the images are done, but when they are (if I recall there are seven in total), they can (will) be used as social media avatars, backgrounds, genealogy-related advertising and business cards!

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[Images for my other blog, “Your Roots Are Showing, Dearie,” have been misplaced.]

So … No, you’re stuck with me — much like I am stuck with Nostalgia.

(Oh, no! Let’s *not* go there!).

SLR


 

 

 

 

 

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