Reba McIntyre or McEntire?

Reba McEntire’s name doesn’t look right. That’s what many people are saying, and I agree with them.

Reba McEntire star - Hollywood Walk of Fame
Photo courtesy of Neelix and Wikipedia

Oh, as someone who’s studied genealogy, I understand that her surname can be spelled any of at least a half dozen ways. However, McEntire looks wrong as I write this, and it looks even stranger on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, shown at right.

The McIntyre (all spellings) name is from Scotland, and it’s the Anglicized version of Mac an tSaoir, meaning “son of the craftsman.”

(I’m relieved that tSaoir isn’t an anagram for Stain.)

Despite the name’s Scottish roots, the largest group of recorded McIntyre immigrants — who entered the U.S. through New York ports — came from Ireland.

Most followed the usual immigrant trail through northern New York state, then Pennsylvania, up through Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois, and then to California.

Reba McEntire ancestors can be traced back to John Zechariah McEntire, apparently born in Philadelphia, PA on 18 Feb 1818. (I say “apparently” because the records seem to stop there, and I see immigrant records in that name for the year 1819. One family came from New Brunswick.) And yes, John Zechariah spelled it McEntire, as well.

From ship’s records entering Philadelphia…

John McEntire - 1819 handwritten record

So, Reba McEntire didn’t make up a cute spelling to stand out in the crowd. It really is the name she was born with.

If the “McEntire” spelling looks completely new to you, and you were already familiar with Reba’s career, leave a comment.

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest BorgnineStarting in 2011, readers remembered the death of actor Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) . He was in McHale’s Navy and ER. He was the voice of Mermaid Man in SpongeBob SquarePants, and he won an Oscar for his bittersweet leading role in Marty.

In April 2011, Cliff said in a longer comment:

I often find myself having conversations with people who do not or differently remember events from the past.

Here are a few… The death of Ernest Borgnine.

I replied:

I remember Ernest Borgnine’s death a while ago. At the time, I thought, “Wow… he had to be pretty old. I didn’t know he was still around.” Borgnine’s death didn’t surprise me until I later saw him interviewed on TV, and he is (obviously) still alive. (As of April 2011, anyway.)

He’s always had such a rubbery, craggy face, I never had a clear impression of his age.

But, when he died, I also remember being surprised that people didn’t make a bigger deal about it. I also recall no one mentioning him in the context of his Academy Award-winning performance in the movie, Marty. I thought that was sad, because that performance showed a range of talent far beyond his fame on McHale’s Navy.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. – Baby w/ Sarah Michelle Gellar

Freddie Prinze Jr.Several readers remember Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar getting married and having a baby around 2003 or 2004.

When I first read a comment about that, I had to look it up.  At the time (April 2011), Wikipedia didn’t mention either the marriage or children. It said that Freddie Prinze Jr. had dated Sarah Michelle Gellar, but they broke up.  There was no mention of children.

That didn’t fit my memories, though I can’t claim that I thought the event was as far back as 2003. (However, it was prior to 2009.)  I didn’t think about it again until I was writing this article. I always double-check my sources and try to link to them.

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David Soul

davidsoulDavid Soul‘s name keeps coming up in discussions.  Many people seem to recall him dying, years ago.

Here are some comments from this website:

Perry Ware said:

We also remember that David Soul of the 70′s show Starsky and Hutch comiting suicide on or near christmas because he was dispondant over his wife’s cancer! Even news reports of relatives and police discovering his body underneath the christmas tree. You can imagine myself and my wife’s reaction when we saw David Soul make an appearance as a cameo on the remake of Starsky and Hutch movie. We sat in silence and stunned by the revelation that Mr. Soul was indeed alive.

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Patrick Swayze – Alive and Hospitalized?

Ghostly dancersIn late January 2012, stories started emerging about Patrick Swayze being hospitalized.

Is that due to confusion over recent interviews with his widow, Lisa?

Is this because his classic movie, Point Break, is — according to the Huffington Post — getting a reboot?

I don’t see any news stories related to his brother, actor Don Swayze.  So, it’s not that the two were confused.

When I checked Google Insights, the following terms were listed in the current Rising Searches.

Patrick Swayze searches at Google, 1 Feb 2012
Swayze-related searches at Google, 1 Feb 2012

When the term is indicated as “Breakout,” it means it has at least a 5000% increase in searches, relative to the recent past.

Currently, most of those searches are coming from: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland,  Australia, Portugal and Hungary, in that order.

Is there a logical explanation for this quirky surge?  I’m looking for a logical explanation.

It might simply be the confusing headline from Fox — “Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi blasts tabloids for coverage of husband’s cancer” —
which didn’t make it clear that he was hospitalized over two years ago.

That seems the most likely explanation.

However, I’m also wondering if this is Mandela Effect again.  I’d like to think there’s a parallel world in which Patrick Swayze is alive and well, even if — in that reality — he’s briefly in the hospital, hopefully for something minor.

Patrick Swayze, the talented actor, dancer and singer, was born on August 18, 1952  and left this world on September 14, 2009.

His acting career was highlighted by many wonderful films in which he starred, including Ghost, Point Break and Dirty Dancing.