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Old 10-03-2008, 05:07 PM
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Opie...short for what?

What was Opie Taylor's full name? For what name could Opie be a nickname?

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Old 10-03-2008, 05:20 PM
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Supposedly he was named after bandleader Opie Cates.

The Social Security Death Index shows about 700 people with given names of Opie. Rare name, but not unprecedented.

Now, as to who was the first Opie, that's a good question.

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Old 10-03-2008, 05:27 PM
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Oprah.
Old 10-03-2008, 06:03 PM
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Or it's possible that his given name was something like Orville Periwinkle Taylor, and they called him O.P. or Opie for short.
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Opie...short for what?

Original Post, of course.

Could be Original Poster, too.

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Old 10-03-2008, 06:38 PM
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Word on the street is that "Opie" is an actual surname of Cornish origin. Apparently it was also occasionally used as a first name, at least in the Southern US: Opie Read was a Nashville-born journalist of some note.
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Again, it is a Southern thing. We use weird names.
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I thought it was Opie Cunningham...
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Opus?
Old 10-03-2008, 10:37 PM
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1. Opium
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3. Hi, Opie!
Old 10-03-2008, 11:42 PM
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Do we ever see how Opie spelled on the series? Like we see Aunt Bee is spelled "B-E-E" and not "B-E-A" on signs and such the "gang" has made for her. As in "Welcome Home Aunt Bee."
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Do we ever see how Opie spelled on the series? Like we see Aunt Bee is spelled "B-E-E" and not "B-E-A" on signs and such the "gang" has made for her. As in "Welcome Home Aunt Bee."
The ending credits?
Old 10-04-2008, 09:01 AM
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Word on the street is that "Opie" is an actual surname of Cornish origin. Apparently it was also occasionally used as a first name, at least in the Southern US: Opie Read was a Nashville-born journalist of some note.
This site seems to suggest a Norse origin, which would be odd (though not, of course, impossible) for Cornwall. It's surely not from the Cornish language. Iona and Peter Opie are famous folklorists (as such things go). The name doesn't appear in any of the reference works I have on names.
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What was the origin of the name Opie? Was it short for something?
Jim Clark once told me that Opie Taylor was most likely named for Opie Cates, a prominent bandleader of the '40s or '50s whom Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard both admired. I have never figured out if Mr. Cates' name was short for something else, or if it was really "O.P." Opie Taylor did spell his name O-P-I-E. It can be seen on the love note he wrote to Miss Crump in "Opie Loves Helen", and on the board he burned his name into in "Barney's Sidecar." --Paul Mulik
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oppenheimer?

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:57 PM
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opie's origins

Opie Name Meaning -Cornish:
from the medieval personal name Oppy, Obby, a pet form of various personal names such as Osborn, Osbert, and Osbald.

http://ancestry.com.au/name-origin?surname=opie
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Opie Taylor's origins

apparently Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard named Opie Taylor after a radio personality Opie Cates that Andy listened to growing up . Cates, according to Wikipedia, was a clarinet player,band leader and radio actor whose real name was Opal Taft Cates - so it would seem that for Cates, Opie was an affectionate form of Opal although Opie is still a genuine name in its own right as evidenced by my preceeding blog.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=KVcYr1ivaxU
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apparently Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard named Opie Taylor after a radio personality Opie Cates that Andy listened to growing up . Cates, according to Wikipedia, was a clarinet player,band leader and radio actor whose real name was Opal Taft Cates - so it would seem that for Cates, Opie was an affectionate form of Opal although Opie is still a genuine name in its own right as evidenced by my preceeding blog.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=KVcYr1ivaxU
That was answered in the second post...four years ago.
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Moved to Cafe Society.

Note that this thread was started in 2008.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:25 PM
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Oprah.
LMAO. I was tempted to write that.

I asked my mom once, who for some reason hated Ron Howard, what's Opie short for? She said DOPIE!
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Opie Wan Kenobi his full name is.
Old 11-13-2012, 09:19 AM
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Robert
Orville
Samuel
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Oh. Wait....
Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 AM
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Robert
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Oh. Wait....
Sadly, I recognized your reference (but tripped over an ottoman while doing so)
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Sadly, I recognized your reference (but tripped over an ottoman while doing so)
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Word on the street is that "Opie" is an actual surname of Cornish origin. Apparently it was also occasionally used as a first name, at least in the Southern US: Opie Read was a Nashville-born journalist of some note.
yes indeed there is indeed a whole family of Opie's not five miles away from me in deepest Cornwall. And there is John Opie 1761-1807 portrait painter, born St Agnes Cornwall.
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That was answered in the second post...four years ago.
Not exactly; it didn't say "the Opie in Opie Cates is short for Opal".
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Not exactly; it didn't say "the Opie in Opie Cates is short for Opal".
Of course not. That would have to have been the third post.
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I thought it was initials O.P. that evolved into the name Opie. I have seen this happen on occasion. I had a friend, J.D., who through time became Jaydee. I thought this is what happened to Andy's boy.
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The Taylors were Greek and it was short for Opilopolous.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:15 PM
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Opie is indeed O. P. Taylor - full name Obama Potus Taylor.

(Given the name by a traveling psychic from Kenya who went through Mayberry back in the day.)
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I thought it was initials O.P. that evolved into the name Opie. I have seen this happen on occasion. I had a friend, J.D., who through time became Jaydee. I thought this is what happened to Andy's boy.

That's what I assumed. When I was a kid, the family across the road had a boy whose first name was "C.L.". The man who lived next door to us had the first name "R.D.". Even then I thought it odd that the initials were actually names.

I figured that "Opie" evolved from the name of his ancestor O.P. Taylor or something.
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That's what I assumed. When I was a kid, the family across the road had a boy whose first name was "C.L."
Was this him?
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Was this him?

Well, the hairstyle was similar, but my neighbor kid's dark complexion was not resistant to soap & water.

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Opie Gangnam Style

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