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#21 Almuric

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:48 PM

Larry.

There's a good reason he used the initial instead.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:23 PM

I like all of these possibilities, but perhaps SLK doesn't stand for his name at all but something entirely different? :unsure: Perhaps a reference to something from the bible, like a certain quote, passage or character?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

I like all of these possibilities, but perhaps SLK doesn't stand for his name at all but something entirely different? :unsure: Perhaps a reference to something from the bible, like a certain quote, passage or character?

Solomon El Kane? ;)

Edited by Ironhand, 11 November 2012 - 06:55 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

How about Lucas?

https://en.wikipedia...starting_with_L
http://www.behindthe.../names/letter/l

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:08 AM

"Lived" - because this semi-palindrome holds connotations of repelling hell-spawn .

Don't ask me for references, I made that up.

Edited by cromsblood, 18 November 2012 - 12:13 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:39 AM

Could be a christening or confirmation name, or mother's maiden name. Our middle name practice is fairly recent. http://en.wikipedia....iki/Middle_name

Edit: "Englishmen do not have middle names, as a rule. Middle names are in general found only in Europe, especially in Germany and Spain, until the 17th century. Where we find them in some lists, the odds are good that the records from which they were taken were contradictory, illegible, or wrong. "

Sauce: http://www.elizabeth...pendium/42.html


While that source is right in asserting that middle names in Elizabethan England were rare, we don't really know what Howard knew/believed about the topic. I'd have to go back and see what there is in Westward Ho!, which was obviously something of a guide and inspiration to him. Since middle names were popular with the English in later centuries, REH might've thought that was the case in the 1500s as well.

I'd suggest "Laban" as a possibility, for various reasons: http://en.wikipedia....ki/Laban_(Bible)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:45 AM

Haven´t read much Kane but in the recent movie he was of noble birth. So maybe it his secret familyname? Just a theory.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:29 AM

How about Lucas?

https://en.wikipedia...starting_with_L
http://www.behindthe.../names/letter/l


A big objection would be that Calvinists/Puritans/Pilgrims don't seem to have named their children after New Testament figures (much). Never doubt that the possibility occurred to me.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:34 AM

I like all of these possibilities, but perhaps SLK doesn't stand for his name at all but something entirely different? :unsure: Perhaps a reference to something from the bible, like a certain quote, passage or character?


Well, why would SK insert such a thing into his own name? Seems a bit prideful/hubristic. On a practical level, how the hell would anyone know what he intended? A "true" christening/middle name seems more likely.

Not being malicious here, just taking all the Howardian factors into account.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

Lovecraft? :)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:17 AM


How about Lucas?

https://en.wikipedia...starting_with_L
http://www.behindthe.../names/letter/l


A big objection would be that Calvinists/Puritans/Pilgrims don't seem to have named their children after New Testament figures (much). Never doubt that the possibility occurred to me.


I will admit that my reason for choosing Lucas was mostly phonetic. Solomon Lucas Kane just seems to trip so nicely from the tongue...

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

It's a good point -- about when did middle names become common, that is.  I've gathered from the internet that middle names were hardly ever used in England in the sixteenth century.  A couple of dozen cases at most are recorded, mostly of nobles.  So Nephron (11th May 2010) is very likely right.  It's probably an abbreviation of SoLomon Kane.  But if against probability the L does stand for a middle name ... Luther, as in Martin Luther, is a strong possibility, and another is Lemuel, meaning "God's own".  Kane was, if I estimate correctly, born in 1554, in the reign of Mary Tudor, when Protestants were going to the stake in England in batches.  His parents might have taken the uncommon measure of giving him a middle name, in the hope that "Lemuel" would gain him divine protection.