What’s in a name?

Shakespeare told us that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so we shouldn’t dwell on a name, especially when the love of our life is from the family one has been taught to despise.

For my sins, I was once a teacher and the best classes were the ones where the kids all had the same names.

I’m appalling at learning people’s names. After looking at the Orica GreenEdge website, it would appear I’m not the only one.

The powers that be at Orica GreenEdge must also have similar problems learning names because a quick look at the men’s team on their website, demonstrates that of the 25 riders 10 names are repeated, but another 3 have very similar sounding names.

Better still, the lovely folk at Orica GreenEdge have listed their riders in alpha order of their first names. Clearly they too see the humour in a team made up of essentially the same names.

Let’s take a quick squizz.

We have Cameron Mayer and Christian Meier. Very similar names indeed.

Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge website
Cameron Meyer
Orica GreenEdge website
Christian Meier Orica GreenEdge website
Christian Meier
Orica GreenEdge website

Let’s not forget the two Jens’s, Keukeleire and Mouris.

Jens Keukeleire Orica GreenEdge website
Jens Keukeleire
Orica GreenEdge website
Jens Mouris Orica GreenEdge website
Jens Mouris
Orica GreenEdge website

Then the Matthews begin:

Matthew Goss Orica GreenEdge website
Matthew Goss
Orica GreenEdge website
Mathew Hayman Orica GreenEdge website
Mathew Hayman
Orica GreenEdge website

Matthew Goss and Hayman but Michael Matthews makes a double appearance. He is also one of the three Michaels and he adds to a trio of Matthews.

The three Michaels are Albasini, Hepburn and Matthews.

Michael Albasini Orica GreenEdge website
Michael Albasini
Orica GreenEdge website
Michael Hepburn Orica GreenEdge website
Michael Hepburn
Orica GreenEdge website
Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge website
Michael Matthews
Orica GreenEdge website

Finally we have the Simons, Clarke, Gerrans and Yates.

Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge website
Simon Clarke
Orica GreenEdge website
Simon Gerrans Orica GreenEdge website
Simon Gerrans
Orica GreenEdge website
Simon Yates Orica GreenEdge website
Simon Yates
Orica GreenEdge website

As a predominantly Australian team we can clearly see that Australian names during the 1970s and 1980s didn’t veer too far away from Matthew and Simon.

Names come and go and they travel in packs. When I taught in the UK I taught lots of Charlottes and Lucys and I once taught a class of Matthews and Mitches.

I guess Orica GreenEdge is no different and the patterns of names we see in broader society we see in this professional racing team.

Clearly the way to get onto this team is to be a Matthew, Simon or any other name that sounds remotely similar to any of the existing team members.

And thank you OGE for pointing this out on your website.

Aussie tongues are firmly in cheeks here, me thinks.

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