Why did Jamie change Fergus' name in Outlander?


Interestingly, the name Claudel means lame or crippled and is derived from the Latin name Claudius, according to House of Names.

This seems to fit with Fergus losing his hand after he was maimed by Redcoat soldiers looking for Jamie during his time living in a cave near Lallybroch.

In contrast, the name Fergus is said to mean vigour and force, and was even the name of an early Irish mythical warrior, according to genealogical site Ancestry.com.

Fergus had a sad past after he was sexually assaulted by some of the clients at the brothel with Jamie finding Captain ‘Black Jack’ Randall (Tobias Menzies) attacking Fergus, leading the two men to duel.


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