[Haskell-cafe] Just curios

Fritz Ruehr fruehr at willamette.edu
Mon Jun 11 14:27:38 EDT 2007

For what it's worth, a handful of people who have ordered Haskell  
merchandise from the CafePress store over the years have had  
"Haskell" as a surname. I assume they look at the designs before they  
buy, and I can't imagine what they think of some of them, but I guess  
the allure of having your (fairly obscure) name on a shirt can be  

Then again, I suppose they could be functional programmers who just  
happen to have Haskell as a surname.

   --  Fritz

PS: In other CafePress-Haskell Shop trivia, 277 items have been sold  
since the turn of the century, at a total price of just over one  
thousand dollars ... but, of course, no profit. (This last seems to  
be a slight problem with our business model.) The most curious order  
to date was a canceled one for 60 junior "baby doll" t-shirts: I like  
to imagine that some sort of big chorus number was planned for an ill- 
fated Broadway revue, but who can tell?

On Mon 11 Jun 07, at 7:35 am, Stephen Forrest wrote:

> On 6/10/07, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH <allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
> You're pretty close, actually :)  Names derived from Hebrew were
> fairly common in the Bible belt back when he was born.  ("Haskell"
> from השקל, wisdom.  I half suspect "Curry" has a Biblical origin
> as well, from קרי.)
> Bible belt?  Curry was born in Millis, Massachusetts, and grew up  
> in Boston.
> The word "Haskell" seems to occur much more frequently as a  
> surname, originating in the British Isles.  It seems more plausible  
> that he got the name "Haskell" from some relative or family friend  
> somewhere than ascribing a Hebrew origin for his name.
> Steve
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