[Haskell-cafe] Just curios
fruehr at willamette.edu
Mon Jun 11 14:27:38 EDT 2007
For what it's worth, a handful of people who have ordered Haskell
merchandise from the CafePress store over the years have had
"Haskell" as a surname. I assume they look at the designs before they
buy, and I can't imagine what they think of some of them, but I guess
the allure of having your (fairly obscure) name on a shirt can be
Then again, I suppose they could be functional programmers who just
happen to have Haskell as a surname.
PS: In other CafePress-Haskell Shop trivia, 277 items have been sold
since the turn of the century, at a total price of just over one
thousand dollars ... but, of course, no profit. (This last seems to
be a slight problem with our business model.) The most curious order
to date was a canceled one for 60 junior "baby doll" t-shirts: I like
to imagine that some sort of big chorus number was planned for an ill-
fated Broadway revue, but who can tell?
On Mon 11 Jun 07, at 7:35 am, Stephen Forrest wrote:
> On 6/10/07, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH <allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
> You're pretty close, actually :) Names derived from Hebrew were
> fairly common in the Bible belt back when he was born. ("Haskell"
> from השקל, wisdom. I half suspect "Curry" has a Biblical origin
> as well, from קרי.)
> Bible belt? Curry was born in Millis, Massachusetts, and grew up
> in Boston.
> The word "Haskell" seems to occur much more frequently as a
> surname, originating in the British Isles. It seems more plausible
> that he got the name "Haskell" from some relative or family friend
> somewhere than ascribing a Hebrew origin for his name.
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