Tuesday, September 2, 2008
What's in a Name? With a contest at the end!
Names are a big topic in our house. My own name is a bit strange and I am always being asked about it. My parents had very common names and didn't want there to be 8 other Bryssy's in my class at school. My dad was a preacher's kid (yes, one of those) and didn't want any names from the bible. Finally, they wanted to use letters from my great grandfathers name. So, they made up my name.
My younger sister, has a strange name, too. They found it in a baby name book and changed the spelling to reflect how they wanted it pronounced. I was always mad she had more A's in her name than I did. Weird, I know.
Being a teacher, I wanted an uncommon name for my first child, but old fashioned sounding. I vacillated but finally decided on it after my water broke and I was on the way to the hospital. She shares her middle name with my mom, her Grammy.
Many people have asked me if my son's name is a combination of my name and my husband's. Actually, it's not (although it sounds like it could be), it was my great grandfather's name. His middle name is my husband's grandfather's name.
My family has always been big on naming things. Our farm was Stepping Stones Farm. We registered all our horses with SSF in front of their names so it was easy to recognize us as the breeders. The only doll I ever played with, I lovingly named Sarah Kaduce (and you had to say the whole thing). I called my first car Hollister.
Strange but interesting animal names abounded on our farm. My first pony was Skipper. Our stallion was Fearnot. Two mares I remember with great fondness were Amarata and Ferria (Arabian names). One filly was Bryama (after my sister and I). After a first attempt in trimming the hooves of a little colt ended in hog tying and sitting on him, he got the name Thrasher.
An especially regal rooster was Chant-a-clear. A pet Guinea pig, Howard Henry. A shar pei puppy, the Emerald Empress (called Emmy). A big slobbery basset hound, Ruby Begonia. I had a fantastic golden retriever named Chester Theworldsgreatestdog, I am not even kidding.
To this day, my mom and I like to play a rummy card game sometimes. The winner of the best 3 of 5, has to call the other one "Princess Queen Empress Czarina Power Woman of the Universe Ruler of the Wind and Tides" for the entire day. Yes, we are bizarre. But, it's hilarious, especially when you see people reacting to the fact that you just called someone that with a straight face.
Most recently, we have been trying to name the airplane that my husband is building. It's a small 2-seater Pietenpol that goes low and slow. He likes the name the Clover Clipper. I think it should be more specific to us or Lake Wales. There is already a Piet named Icarus' Plummet which is the kind of name that I like.
So, what should it be? Respond to this post and let me know. The winner will get this green tote, personalized with your own name or slogan of your choice!
Let the naming begin, unlimited entries....I'll announce the winner next Tuesday!!