Name of John as a synonym of "My name is John"


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In the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", some characters introduce themselves in quite an uncommon way: "Name of Pete", "Name of Daniel" - instead of traditional "My name is ..."

Here is where it goes:

1) "Howdy do, ladies. Name of Pete!"
2) "Don't believe I've seen you boys around here before! Allow me t'innerduce myself: name of Daniel Teague, known in these precincts as Big Dan Teague or, to those who're pressed for time, Big Dan toot court".

What in the world is going on? When is this structure good to use? Is it common around some certain groups of people? What is a function of the word OF here?

Thank you!
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Welcome to the forum.

    I suspect it's a regional idiom. It's not common or 'standard'.

    I hope you enjoy the film. The music is great. :)
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    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Even in casual speech or regional dialect, the specific usage is not common. More common would be these versions:

    I’ve got a friend by the name of Lavinia Flynn.
    I’ve got a friend, name of Lavinia Flynn.

    The first would be perfectly acceptable in AE, and the second would be casual but understandable.
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