Comment: I've always wondered about W. B. Darling and was hoping to find
out about him on your site. Stories tend to run as follows:
Call Me Darling
When my mother was attending Queens College in the 1940s she had a friend
named W. B. DARLING. Through college W. B. was asked what his initials
stood for, but he always refused to answer. It wasn't until they were
graduating and everyone was going their different directions that they
found out. It seems his parents were childless many years. When he was
born they were so ecstatic they named him Welcome Baby DARLING.--Stefanie
My husband's uncle went to university with a man named W. B. Darling. At
the time of graduation, he was asked for his full given name for the
diploma. He said it was W. B. Darling. The office insisted that the W. B.
must stand for more and that it was required for his diploma. He said that
was his name and that he had been called W. B. all of his life. Much
conversation ensued on the topic. At the end, the man confessed that W. B.
Darling stood for Welcome Baby Darling. The registration office agreed
that W. B. would be used, making an exception on his name.
My Mom told me of a family trying hard to conceive. After many years they
had a baby boy. Their last name was "Darling" and they actually named
their child "Welcome" fn and "Baby" mn... So, "Welcome Baby Darling" was
the child's full name. He went by "W.B. Darling", and who's to blame him?
Urban Legend?: My stepmom used to tell us about a guy that was in the Army
with her dad (looong time ago) and he was named W.B. Darling, but would
never reveal what the initials stood for - until he was forced to when
enlisting in the Army. Ready for this? It stood for Welcome Baby Darling!
Now, ain't THAT special?!