An amusing side-conversation on Janet Reid's blog regarding my name looks like it could use a little bit of explanation.
Yes, Kneale is a cool name. I always thought so. That's why I opted to change my name upon marriage. (That, and I never had an official middle name growing up. No middle name is worse than too many middle names.)
More on the surname Kneale:
Kneale is the Manx spelling of the name, shortened from "MacNeale", as the Manx often do. The root "Neale" is a spelling variant of the Irish O'Neill, of Ulster fame. It goes back to the Battle of Ulster, where the winners were surnamed Neil, which means "Champion".
Yeah. My last name means "Champion", which is really cool.
My first name Heidi is a diminutive derived from the German Adelheid, which means "high and noble".
Put my first and last name together and it means "Noble Champion". How awesome is that?
As for Kneazles, they're spectactular in their own way and I have no objection to being alluded to one. Wouldn't mind owning a hybrid either.
Her Grace, when she wants to be pretentious, goes by Heidi Lucile Wessman Kneale, which means "Noble White Champion of Light". Maybe if she does get a Kneazle, maybe she'll name it that.