So I was watching the third season of “Todd Margaret” and the thing that leapt out at me as an error: There’s a Lord Mountford (the series takes place in London), and Mountford’s son is referred to as “Dave Mountford.” Is that likely? I’m an American*, but I thought that nobles’ names and titles weren’t the same. Lord Byron’s name was George Gordon, after all, and Lord Kelvin’s name was William Thompson - but I don’t know if those two cases are representative. Anyone know?
- and Americans are notorious for not understanding how titles work (I’ve heard of American teachers thinking that “George Gordon” was the name of Byron’s collaborator, and in an English mystery I read once, an American thinks poorly of a noble because when they met in Paris the noble was using a different name than he uses in London (in Paris he uses his name, while his friends in London call him by his title).