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Gravedigger
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I'm going to discuss some of the findings I had on the names in this game- mostly the 4 families, but if anyone has something to contribute, please feel free.

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Bartlett: a cross between Old French and Middle English name. It's a mitigation of "Bart", with the diminutive "el" and "ot", Anglicized to "lett". Basically, the whole thing means "rich in land", and I doubt if it was coincidence that the family had to sacrifice their children by burying them.

Also a cool note: unsurprisingly, it's linked to St. Bartholomew, and this provides and interesting link. St. Bartholomew was the patron saint of vintners- or people who produce wine. Of course, The Shepherd's Glen Bartlett's have a vineyard.

Holloway: a person who lived in a "hollow", which is basically another word for valley. It's derived from Old English, "hol", meaning hollow, and "weg", meaning way. Of course, there's another way to interpret it- instead of "hollow way", it could mean "holy way". This provides and interesting link to Judge Holloway, as it's seen she's easily the most fanatical out of the four existing families. Her return to the old religion of their parent town, Silent Hill, could be a reference, or perhaps foreshadowing, to the "holy way".

More to come...


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Subway Guard
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Very interesting! I wonder if that's coincidence, or if the developers actually went out of their way to choose relevant names. I'd like to think it's the latter. Anyway, I look forward to any others you may have found.


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Just Passing Through
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I enjoyed the post. Keep at it. Intended or not, this is a very interesting line of thought.

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Historical Society Historian
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I see a spot in the quicklinks...I think. Thanks for sharing, the Holloway is an interesting bit ;)


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Gravedigger
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Let's see here....

A few more notes on Holloway- I couldn't figure out why they might hang their kids for the sacrifices, so I Googled "holloway" and "hanging". What came up was actually kind of surprising: there's a famous Holloway prison in London that housed only female criminals, and hanged quite a few illustrious figures back in the day.


Fitch- this is another Old French name that was later imported to England and Anglicized. Fitch is derived from "fiche", which is a point, like the point of an arrow or blade. However, it's connotations in old French was that more often than not it was an iron, pointed tool- like a knife. Again, we see echoes between the name of the character and some of the deeper functions of the family at work.

(There are several other meanings for Fitch, including a polecat and wood lathing, but I found the knife connotations the most relevant.)


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Just Passing Through
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Catch22 wrote:
Very interesting! I wonder if that's coincidence, or if the developers actually went out of their way to choose relevant names. I'd like to think it's the latter. Anyway, I look forward to any others you may have found.

I agree with you. With these kind of meanings behind each of the family names and the respective outcomes we see in Homecoming, I doubt it's purely coincidence. Looks like Double Helix did their linguistic research.


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My Bestsellers Clerk
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Awesome!
Do want more, it's very interesting.


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Just Passing Through
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Nice, I always enjoy these kind of research :P


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