On the other, since names need not (and usually do not) reflect textual context, nor need they accurately characterize the current bearer of the name (the number of living Smiths who work metal is probably mini seule), nothing constrains the etymology of a name, beyond the general outlines of onomastic practice. [...] names are frequently subject to linguistically irregular hypochoristic processes such as shortening and phonological deformation.
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