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Was Kermit named after a childhood friend of Jim Henson?

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Kermit Love (after whom Kermit the Frog was not named), with Big Bird.

A rumor concerning the origin of Kermit the Frog's name is that Jim Henson named the puppet after a childhood friend named Theodore Kermit Scott.[1][2][3][4][5]

Karen Falk addressed this question in an Ask Henson.com entry:

While Jim Henson did have a childhood acquaintance named Kermit, it was not an uncommon name at the time, and Jim always said that the Frog was NOT named for this child from his elementary school. I think Jim just liked the sound of the name - it has nice hard sounds and a sort of nasal quality that make it rather funny. By the way, another Kermit worked in the Muppet Workshop and helped to build the original Big Bird! (Again, no relation to the Frog.) I think Jim did, however, ensure that future generations would not continue using the name for their male children!

The "other Kermit" that Falk is referring to is Kermit Love, who began his career building puppets for Henson in 1965, with Delbert the La Choy Dragon.

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Sources

  1. Hanrahan, Kathy. "It's easy being green in Leland, Miss.", Associated Press. July 16, 2007.
  2. Ferguson, Terri. Man for whom frog was named dies. Delta Democrat Times. 06-14-2008.
  3. Leopold, Todd. Hardest-working frog tells all, Kermit the Frog is 50, and celebrating in a big way. CNN. 10-05-2005.
  4. Edwards, David. Muppet Exclusive: Kermit at 50. The Daily Mirror. 09-29-2005.
  5. Hanrahan, Kathy. Hop on the Kermit bandwagon. The Sunday Telegraph. 08-16-2007.

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