Here's Why the Bridgerton Sibling Names Are Alphabetical
Shondaland's first Netflix series has proven to be quite the talk the ton. The eight-episode series follows the titular family, the Bridgerton brood, who lived in the Regency era from 1813 to 1827. Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen adapted Julia Quinn's best-selling novels, with its maiden season focusing on Daphne's debut into the society.
Here, we also get to know the rest of the Bridgerton bunch. The household is kept by the Viscount's widow, Violet Bridgerton, and headed by the eldest (and current viscount) Bridgerton, Anthony. He's followed by his good-looking and well-mannered siblings: Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. So now, we ask: Why did the Viscountess and her husband name their brood alphabetically? To keep things neat and in order of course! We won't be surprised if this quirk was also used to keep track of their large family, TBH.
While Lady Whistledown had only kind thoughts for Daphne (a.k.a. the diamond of the first water) in the TV series, in Julia Quinn's literary universe, Lady Whistledown had sharper words for the Bridgertons. For one, she called the idea of having the sibling names in alphabetical order a "banality." She adds, "Orderliness is, of course, beneficial in all things, but one would think that intelligent parents would be able to keep their children straight without needing to alphabetize their names." Ouch!
Nonetheless, the thoughtful tradition of the ABCs gets a lovely nod by episode 8 so get ready to binge!
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
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