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Leslie Townes Hope
The American film comedian (actually British-born, although he left his native shores when he was four) was originally Leslie Townes Hope (1903–2003). It was ‘Leslie’ that really prompted the change: in the first place it was too ambiguous in gender, and secondly Hope was nicknamed ‘Hopeless’ at school. So ‘Bob’ came to the rescue.
Room, A. (1981), ‘Name Stories’, Naming Names, p.108
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