LETTER : What's in a name?

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From Miss Mary Dalton

Sir: Marys and Margarets are not dull people as Mary Braid's advice ("Dear Paula Yates", 2 January) to Paula Yates implied. I do not have a dull life and I am sure that a name cannot determine the character of someone. I am not going to be a librarian - I would like to be a vet or a scientist. I have no wish to have blonde or red hair - I like my own.

Marys and Margarets can also be famous. I am sure that Baroness Thatcher would agree with me.

Yours faithfully,

Mary Dalton (aged 11)

Datchet, Berkshire

2 January