Earlier this week we had lunch at L'Image in Preuilly sur Claise; well known to our friends Simon and Susan who run Loire Valley Time Travel. We had done all sorts of bits and pieces and just happened to be in Preuilly round about noon.....so... errands done, lunch beckoned. We opted for the standard lunch menu and had salads to start; mine with tuna, Niall's with pork. Main course was brochettes of beef with rosemary and haricots. Dessert was classic creme caramel.
What's all this got to do with names .... well... it was my [Antoinette's] turn to wave the 'carte bleu' when it came to pay and Christophe, the patron, remarked that my name was French. Not stopping to think that my carte bleu does not have my first name on it, I replied that it was my mother's fault. She had given me the French version of her mother's name Antonia, hence Antoinette.
|Marie Antoinette by A. Vestier c.1775|
By this time Christophe had been joined by the chef. After a few grinning references to heads being guillotined the chef said it wasn't a popular name for girls in France anymore. Marie Antoinette has a lot to answer for!
Christophe said no...he meant the surname on the card!
Now as best we know there is no connection with France at all. Niall's family name --Duthie-- comes from the east coast of Scotland north of Aberdeen and historically the family belongs to the Clan Ross.
|clan badge and motto: 'success nourishes hope'|
Just in case you were wondering; no, Antoinette doesn't wander round in flouncy dresses and bouffant hair, nor does Niall drape himself over a rock dressed in a kilt!
There is, however a French family name which isn't totally dissimilar: Dutheil. A connection there perhaps? Who knows...