It\’s All More Common Than You Think

But I have a male friend who was told by his parents that a girl in his social circle was his father\’s love-child precisely to avoid any incestuous misadventures.

Must have been an interesting conversation, don\’t you think?

4 thoughts on “It\’s All More Common Than You Think”

  1. At one time, wasn’t the prefix ‘Fitz’ added to patronymic surname used for the illegitimate sons of aristocrats? If so, such conversations must have been common – which makes sense when social circles were more circumscribed and the number of suitable prospective mates smaller.

  2. From Wikipedia, for what it’s worth:

    In later times, similar forms were coined for members of the English and British royal family, who historically lacked a surname, and particularly for illegitimate children of kings and princes (Fitzroy – son of the king, Fitzjames – son of the king James II of England, and FitzClarence – son of the Duke of Clarence). From this later use, it has been implied that the name indicates illegitimacy, which was not originally the case.

  3. Amusingly, I once knew a girl who kissed a young gentleman of her acquaintance and was quite hopeful that it would lead to more.

    It was only during the holidays, when said young man rang her home, that she was told that he was, in fact, her father’s lovechild.

    Whoops.

    DK

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