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I have never liked my real first name. It's boring and so old-fashioned that I have only met four women around my age with the same name. Ever. I was named after my paternal grandmother. She stormed into my mother's hospital room and announced that if I wasn't named after her, my father was "off the list." So I have my grandmother's first, middle, and last names. Also a monogrammed T. Anthony train case of hers, but I digress.

When I was little, I yearned to have a wonderful, interesting, exotic name, like Ghislaine, Alix, Christiane, Elodie, Margaux, or Chloe. Chloe Languish was the Head Girl in one of my favorite books, and had blonde hair and long, curly eyelashes. She was the epitome of the sweet English rose. I vowed that if I had a daughter, she would never have a boring name. Her name would be something like...Elodie Chloe Ghislaine Margaux =) It was too difficult to choose just two!

In the meantime, I named a cat Nebuchadnezzar :) He was pure black with unusual cinnamon eyes. He was the only cat I was ever able to name, because he was the only one that wasn't a pre-named rescue. He was born to the maintenance man's daughter's cat when I worked at a rehab hospital. When we got our dog, we all called him by different names, until we finally decided to keep the name the breeder had given him. Poor woozle must have been so confused.

When I finally had a daughter, I realized sadly that a wonderful, exotic name would not work with our surname :( I named her after a tree and a French author =) The name that my mother had chosen for me--a French name, ironically!--didn't work as a first name either. Or as a middle name with the first name that I chose.

If you could have chosen your own first name at birth, what would it be? Do you think names shape a person? Would a "Lester" be more likely to wear glasses than a "Ronan"?

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 09:55:11 PM PDT

  •  I never wished for a more exotic name... (16+ / 0-)

    ...but maybe that's because my first name is Terrence, and my middle is "Halaire." Named after an uncle, and a great grandfather before him (from the 1870s). I think the name combo, definitely the middle, goes back way before that. And, I have a pretty unusual last name.

  •  :o) (14+ / 0-)

    Pam is a nickname; I have an ancient Greek  (exotic) name. It's even rare in Greece. No one knows how to pronounce it or spell it. I wish my name was a simple name.

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  •  Ha! My name is so common (14+ / 0-)

    that I was once dunned for someone else's surgery...and somebody in Texas keeps trying to get me (or more likely, they think I have a husband who owes them) to pay for god-knows-what.

    I've never been married.

    You think I don't LOVE being Youffraita here and elsewhere on the Internet? I'm the ONLY one.

    What a refreshing change.

    BTW, you may call me Youff. Easier to type.

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    by Youffraita on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 10:45:51 PM PDT

  •  Heh, not just my first name, either, which (12+ / 0-)

    you will have guessed from the preceding: my last name is so common that my paternal grandfather changed his first name from George to Zeno, just to avoid getting so many wrong numbers. My father had a much less common name than George -- but he always got a lot of wrong numbers too, the whole time I was growing up.

    Cherish your unusual names. Believe me: you don't know what it's like.

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    by Youffraita on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 10:52:06 PM PDT

    •  I was given a super common name at birth (4+ / 0-)

           My parents didn't realize how many Michaels there were in the year I was born. After a while I tired of being called Mike and wanted the full name Michael but that didn't stick. Somehow my family and some friends started calling me Miguel (or variations like Mig, Miggy, Miguelito) though we are not Latinos.

           I thought about using my middle name, but I am not Armenian enough for that name so I eventually stumbled on the name Zack. It came from Zachary Taylor, one of our lesser U.S. presidents; I liked his name more than his work. There are lots of younger guys named Zack but not too many in my generation.  I am glad I changed my name (with Michael now my middle name) and glad I did it before 2001. Nowadays it is harder to change a name thanks to security paranoia, or so I have heard...

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      by Zack from the SFV on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:00:18 PM PDT

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      •  Good for you!! (4+ / 0-)

        I'm glad that you are happy with your name now =)

        Funny, "Zach" is my nephew's and cousin's son's name =) With an "h" instead of the "k."

        When my son was a baby, there were FIVE "Connors" at his daycare. FIVE. Lol. Very popular name in 2000, I guess. Good thing we named him something else =)

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:15:36 PM PDT

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  •  I want to change my name. (14+ / 0-)

    I have a very nice biblical name. It's a good name, but it's never really felt like "me".

    Alexandra, and Alex, does. So when we have the spare cash and the time to do it, I'll go before a judge and put Alexandra on the front of my names. That way my parents can still call me the name they are used to, and I can use the name I actually prefer.

    I gave my sons very traditional, staid names, on the grounds that more interesting names can find them. One is James Michael and the other is Peter Garrett. (2 syllable last name, first syllable stress.) Named after family members.

    I save the interesting names for my cats. I have one named Cameline. I'll let you guess what color she is and what her personality is. (grin)

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:09:24 PM PDT

    •  What a great idea! (7+ / 0-)

      I hope that you can do that soon =)

      Funny, my mother wanted me to change my name, after my grandmother died. I liked the name that she picked--Chantal--much better than the one I have, but didn't think I could retrain everyone I know. Not to mention driver's license, passport, Social Security...bleah.

      Your sons have wonderful names =) My son's first name is my great-grandmother's maiden name, and his middle name is a family surname from DH's side.

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:59:17 AM PDT

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      •  Our sons are named (2+ / 0-)
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        James Michael: paternal grandfather + maternal grandfather.  

        Peter Garrett: maternal great-grandfather + paternal great-grandfather.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 11:43:01 AM PDT

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  •  I always brag that my parents named the five (9+ / 0-)

    of us
    very good names,
    in the sense that our names are
    simple and common enough
    that no one asks how to
    spell or pronounce them,
    yet unusual enough
    that in any large group,
    such as a big high school class,
    there may be one other
    with the same first name,
    but usually none.

    We are:

    Adonna,
    Lois,
    Laura,
    Mark,
    Brent.

    My name,
    Mark,
    is the most common;
    I'll have another Mark around,
    as a co-worker,
    here and there.

    But not many.

    And I think my sisters and brother
    have that even less often than me.

    What do you think?

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:35:04 PM PDT

  •  speaking of name changes, we are still jumping (9+ / 0-)

    through the hoops for the grandkids to change to their mother's husband's last name when the adoption goes through.  At least it appears the restraining order had its desired effect as we have not seen any real drama for a couple of months now

  •  I've always hated my name. (8+ / 0-)

    I do like the song, however.

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    by Eileen B on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 01:52:45 AM PDT

  •  I have a very common name (7+ / 0-)

    even if the spelling isn't as common. But this means that I turn and look when my name is called and only a fraction of the time is anyone actually talking to me. It's also a name that shortens to a common boy's name as well, which makes things even more confusing. Between boys and girls, the common shortening of my name, there were 35 of us in a class of 153. My other half's name is the male version of mine, which is why he goes by his middle name as it's less confusing.

    This is why both of my kids have slightly unusual names. My daughter's name is more frequently a boy's name than a girl's, but she was named after an Uncle who died young. My son's name is rare and spelled differently than most people think. Neither of them seem to mind.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 04:17:11 AM PDT

    •  I had to smile when I read your post =) (5+ / 0-)

      My parents had friends named Paul and Paulette. Their children were named...Pauline and Paul Jr. I am not making this up =)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:31:40 AM PDT

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      •  I could never do that to my kids (5+ / 0-)

        that's just cruel and unusual. I also put my kids names to my middle sister before I finalized a decision. If she couldn't find a way to make fun of them, they were pretty much safe on that point. I didn't want to be one of those parents that kids hate because they give them those names.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:40:09 AM PDT

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        •  Nothing rhymes with my kids' names =) (3+ / 0-)

          My name and DH's rhyme with a LOT of things. None of them good =( We had a friend of DH's try to come up with a way to make fun of the kids' names. He couldn't =)

          My mother would moan every year when she got their Christmas card. She knew Paulette from college.

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:01:23 AM PDT

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  •  I never met anyone with my name (7+ / 0-)

    until I was in my 30s.  Then I met two others at my (small) workplace.  Later, I met one other.  Five of us in 63 years isn't a great many.

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    by luckylizard on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 04:42:53 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    Pretty chilly today, 39 now going up to 46.

    My name was common at the time of my birth.   I share it with another IANite.   I never understood why my parents named me my name because I have an older cousin with the same name.   I guess they forgot.  ;)

    Meeting a friend for breakfast.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:07:04 AM PDT

  •  My first name was (6+ / 0-)

    popular when I was born, I think. I've never been fond of it, but I don't hate it, either.

    It was my last name that bothered me, at least growing up. It's spelled one way but pronounced another for some weird reason, and I hated the first days of school when teachers would say it "wrong" and I'd have to correct them. I secretly wished it was "Smith."

    Thanks for the diary, BadKitties. Hope everyone has a good day!

  •  My birth name hasn't been common in almost a (5+ / 0-)

    century!  I've met a very few people with my nickname.

    Until a few months ago, when there were three of us with the same first name in a doctor's office!!  We had a conversation of great hilarity over the odds and permutations of being "The Three".  We managed to entertain the office for a good half hour before they broke us up to attend to business.  

    My mum named her children so that they were less likely to have nicknames.  Didn't help.  All of us had/have multiple nicknames.  I'm the champ, with more than the rest put together!  I seem to attract them.

    As my dad used to tease...."A rose by any other name...smells."  lol

    Cute diary, BK!

    Have a great day, everyone!

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    by The Marti on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 07:33:24 AM PDT

    •  How very interesting!!! (3+ / 0-)
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      Were you all around the same age?

      People have TRIED to give me nicknames =) But I won't answer. I didn't like them. Well, except for one. But it was only while I was engaged to a terribly preppy man =) so I had a terribly preppy nickname. Lmao =)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:09:54 AM PDT

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      •  We probably spanned two decades, no more. Two of (3+ / 0-)
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        us have the same nickname, spelt two different ways, and the eldest had just "the name".  

        None of us cared for our name, but all of us were surprised to find two others in the same place at the same time with the same name.

        It's kind of like finding three people named Rumplestilskin in a waiting room together!!  lol

        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:36:06 AM PDT

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  •  I think it was cruel of my parents to tell me that (5+ / 0-)

    they almost named me Roberta; I love that name and there are so many ways to make a nickname from it that it would never hinder a grown woman with a unique personality.

    My actual name is fine, also works well for an adult or a child, no matter what they were doing in life.

    My child got a name that would be totally flexible too, but that was just luck, since there was a string of five in a row!

    My dad's older brother's name was the reverse of his father's name and my dad was the Jr.  When my dad's older brother was run over by the first automobile in the town, it was up to my dad to give me that name.  I lucked out by being a girl.

    My grandmother was named Louise at birth, but when she was 8 and her auntie passed, the family exclaimed that they had never been without a Gladys, and immediately made her change her name to Gladys.  She did not care for it, but because she hated paperwork more, kept it forever.

    Must go to the dentist now!  Have a great day, everyone!

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    by weck on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:15:16 AM PDT

    •  one of my best friends and i had this goofy thing (4+ / 0-)
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      we did, playing two old women friends.......back when we were in our twenties!!

      we called each other mildred.....and gladys!!  have no idea why, or why we picked those two names, as at the time, neither of us knew anyone by either name.  i later married into a family with an aunt by one of those names, but that was long after we did our 'two little old ladies' thing.

      now, we are 'two little old ladies'!  sort of.  ;-)

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:30:52 AM PDT

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      •  My best friend (female) and I call each other (3+ / 0-)
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        "Stanley." Lmao. It's  from the movie, "The Lords of Flatbush," and there was a line in it: "Whassamatta Stanley, you don't like me no more?"

        That is a funny movie. I should watch it again. I think Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler are in it...Henry Winkler (the Fonz!) for sure.

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:15:05 AM PDT

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    •  Roberta is very pretty name! (2+ / 0-)
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      What a fun post, weck! Your poor grandmother =(

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:11:30 AM PDT

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  •  I hate my middle name yet the shortned version (3+ / 0-)
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    of it was not bad.   I almost was called Gina.   The whole name first and middle is very turn of the century.  I think an aunt I couldn't stand named me.   Amanda is ok, as there were not that many when I was in school.. the middle one is bad...Won''t even repeat it.  Never ever heard of anyone having that middle name...ever ...Ok here it is ..Lougenia.

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    by Vetwife on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:50:12 AM PDT

  •  My parents named me Judy Ellen (2+ / 0-)
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    and then tried to raise a Judith Anne.

    My name is not exactly uncommon (there was another one who graduated from Corvallis High School the year I graduated from Philomath), but we're not the most usual, either.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:22:58 PM PDT

    •  Oh, yes. I like my name. (2+ / 0-)
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      Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

      by loggersbrat on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:23:22 PM PDT

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    •  there were about SIX other Patricia's in my elem.- (1+ / 0-)
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      HS class at Philomath! (ca. 1953-66?) all using diminutives I disliked!

      I was named for my father's baby sister who died unexpectedly at around age 3 or 4; my 23 mo younger bro was named for both grandfathers, and our parents thought it was cute to call us "Pat and Mike" (although no Irish in the family, English & Scots!).

      I actually went by (and still do) "Patsy"; I was probably 20 before I really internalized the negative connotations of "being a patsy"! 8-) Otherwise I never felt particularly fond or disgusted by the name.

      But 10 years after HS I discovered the SCA and was able to name myself! Was very active for about 25 years, but have fallen off, probably terminally, the last couple of decades. But I still use that name, and, hermit that I am, am probably known to more folks by the SCA name than by the other.

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      by chimene on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:52:20 PM PDT

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      •  You're from Philomath, too?!! (2+ / 0-)
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        Mind, we didn't move into the area till I was 10, but my baby brother only went to first grade in a different school district - I was 5th grade on in the Philomath district (two years at Summit Elementary).

        If you graduated in 1966, you were a senior when I was in 7th grade.  I'd bet our families know each other.

        Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

        by loggersbrat on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:35:20 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, THAT is really awesome =) (1+ / 0-)
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          It would be amazing if your families did know each other!!

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:01:35 PM PDT

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        •  well, Filthy-Mouth until my mom married a logger (1+ / 0-)
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          who lived in Summit, around... 1963... my baby sister spent several years in Summit Elementary, during the Horror That Was the NEW MATH years.

          Yes, we might recognize family names, 8-). My brother is still living on the home place; mama died about 12 years ago; said baby-sister moved back from Idaho to live on her share of the land...

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:53:19 PM PDT

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          •  And your baby sister's name is Nancy. (1+ / 0-)
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            We know each other personally, I can guarantee it.

            Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

            by loggersbrat on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 08:50:22 AM PDT

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            •  And if you moved to Summit in 1963, (1+ / 0-)
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              your baby sister spent the same two years in Summit Elementary that I did.

              Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

              by loggersbrat on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 09:12:28 AM PDT

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      •  I named myself one of my four (2+ / 0-)
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        favorite names online =)

        My twitter name (not one of the four favorites) comes from a big bearded guy in American Flag short shorts belting out "Sweet Caroline" on a flatbed truck during a 4th of July parade in Southampton =) Heehee =) I wish that I could have videotaped that =)

        "Patsy" is a great name! Too funny about "Pat and Mike." I am half Irish =)

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 08:06:59 PM PDT

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  •  One more thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    My father's father died
    when my father was ten years old.

    He soon had a stepfather,
    Jim Gump.

    Think about it.

    If Jim Gump
    had formally adopted my father,
    and changed his last name,
    I would be Mark Gump.

    If I had grown up as Mark Gump,
    I think when the movie come out,
    Forrest Gump,
    I would have started saying,
    to everyone:

    "My name is Mark Gump."

    "People call me Mark Gump."

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:19:09 PM PDT

  •  Though late, I can't NOT post a comment (0+ / 0-)

    to this thread! I  have so many name stories, I could do my own diary on it. But I'll restrain myself.

    I didn't like my name. Not only was my first name too common, (there was always at least one other person with my name in every single year of school, and sometimes two, and this was in very small towns, understand) but it was actually a nickname my parents agreed on by compromise! And my first and middle names together sound so 50s, or hillbilly, you know, like "Peggy Sue" or "Jim Bob." Yuck! So, when I got away from home, after trying out several nicknames, I decided I'd make the choice my parents didn't, for my first name and usually go by the nickname you all know me by on here, and adopted my maiden name as my middle name, which is what my mother, who had an awful middle name (which is what her family called her by mostly, when she was growing up; why do families do that?) did with her name, too. My dad also had a first name he didn't like and used a shortened version of his, too. So, I kinda followed family tradition, heh heh.

    Because I was in that feminist mindset at the time, my older son got a "unisex" name, it would have been the same, spelled the same, whether or not he was male or female. He cringed some at having a "girl's" middle name as a kid, but I think he likes it now. His name is actually traditional Irish, but the spelling of the first name is alternative, because I liked that spelling better. My younger son's name is just traditional Irish, and his first name often got murdered, because the English version of the name is so much more common than the Irish. He often ended up shortening it to "Ben" in frustration at the murdering of it. My father's comment, when I told him my younger son's name was, "Ah, like the drunken Irish playwright, eh?" I coulda smacked him, but that was my dad.

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 08:07:52 PM PDT

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