I can’t say that I’ve always liked my name. Mostly I never really liked the contraction to Bill and Billy. If I were raised in Ireland that might have been Liam. Much more to my liking, but a pretentious sounding change for an American at my age. The Caulfield side of it I have always liked. The name has a long and storied history in Northern Ireland, being carried forth today by the other William Caulfield.
The Other William Caulfield
Yes, there is a famous William Caulfield, and it’s not me. Since I do have williamcaulfield.com pointing here, I think he deserves a shoutout.
William was born in 1959 in Lurgan, North Ireland. His career in Comedy blossomed on BBC Ulster Radio, doing monologues as various created characters. He moved from there to warmup for a number of BBC and UTV shows. Along the way he appeared on stage in productions of “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls” and many other musical comedies. Apparently, Mr. Caulfield can do anything comedic, plus he can sing and dance.
His TV show, “An Evening With James Young” was one of the most watched for BBC Northern Ireland in 2008. He has since take it on the road as “Our Jimmy.”
His official website is here:
His Facebook page is here:
We are friends on Facebook, though I’ve never met him. I’ve also never seen him perform. I am planning a trip to Ireland next year, so that will be on the list along with seeing an Ulster Rugby match.
More on the historical William Caulfield Second Viscount Charlemont at another time. Any other William Caulfields out there, let me know, and tell me if you like your name.