Hi, I want to ask u... Why everybody used to call John F. "Jack"? I hope u can help me... And I want to tell u that I LOVE your tumblr :D
I was wondering when I’d get this question! I know that I frequently call JFK ‘Jack’ on this Tumblr, because after reading several Kennedy books, including Teddy’s autobiography, it becomes second nature to refer to President Kennedy by his family nickname. The reason for this can be traced by their Irish roots and upbringing especially by Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
There is a tradition in Irish culture that accompanies Christian names. According to this website:
The peculiarities in Christian names are not as likely as to mislead as differences in surnames- but may be thrown out of their proper place in an index or escape notice altogether, or, if seen might be taken to refer to some other person.
The peculiarities in Christian names in Ireland may be divided into five classes:
Names applicable to both sexes
Names usually given to one sex, but applied to the other
Diminutives materially differing from the original names
Names which are different but for varied reasons are used interchangeably
Irish equivalents for English names and English equivalents for Irish names
Which is why John is referred to as “Jack”, why Robert becomes “Bobby” and why Edward is more often called “Teddy” Kennedy.