From Mr. Humphrey Wine.

Sir, I greatly enjoyed Simon Schama’s reminiscences in “Matzo ball memories” (Life & Arts, February 18). They partly echo my own, even though I was brought up in St John’s Wood, which on his Jewish Monopoly board was (and still is) green at the least.

However, he is wrong to write that Simon is a “very British name”. It is an anglicisation of the Hebrew name Shimon, certainly in use by the 2nd century BC and currently, as with the president of Israel, Shimon Peres.

If Mr Schama’s parents had wanted to give their son a name truly British they should have copied my parents’ choice for me!

Humphrey Wine, London NW3, UK

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