When I was dating my girlfriend, now my wife, I had a red beard. My Grandfather and his eldest son and one daughter were all redheads as are three of my cousins but my mother and other sisters were all raven haired. My Mother’s maiden name was Meadbh Ní Fhionnghaill (Maeve McGinley. In Irish Maeve is spelt Meadb. The “b” has a builte, an accent, a dot on the round part of the b! The “d” is silent and sounds like Maeve) in English, daughter of the fair haired warrior. That was my Grandfather’s preferred translation anyway!
My wife’s youngest brother, Edward, called me Captain Redbeard and still does even though he is 44 now and sports a grey one! Our two sons have dark hair but the youngest has a sprinkling of red in his beard.
I’m fond of cryptic crosswords and reading Daehder’s post on Uxmal reminded me of this!