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Middleton's first lamb of the season gets a new name

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Middleton Place's first lamb of the year has officially been named.

After hundreds of suggestions and a weekend of online voting, the new lamb is now named "Leon," which is Noel spelled backwards. The name got the most votes during a 54-hour poll.

Staff asked the public for a name that was masculine (since Leon is a ram) and tied to a winter theme to match his mother's name, Winter, and grandmother's name, Noel.

More than 400 names were suggested over the four days of the contest.

Suggested names ranged from the secular (Easton, Izard, Ramses) to the religious (Nicholas, Gabriel, Tomasso) to the weather-related (Frosty, Snowball, Blizzard) to the humorous (Hunychild, Rambo, Rama Lamba Ding Dong).

The Name the Lamb Contest was made up of two parts. Lisa Stadtmueller of Wisconsin won the first round by a random drawing from name submissions to win two passes for free admission to Middleton Place. Brian Haas of Summerville was picked at random from the pool of people voting to also win two passes for free admission to Middleton Place.

"We had great participation in this week-long contest, and are very thankful for all the submissions received," said Warren Cobb, Middleton Place Director of Marketing. "We look forward to continuing this contest each year."

 

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