Sunday, 14 March 2010
What's in a name?
A lot I think.
After all, we have to live with the branding for a long time.
My Scottish friend Helena rang me tonight to tell me she had a baby boy.
This is boy number four and they're all under six
He is healthy and beautiful but still has no name.
She wanted Carlos but her husband thought the name sounded like a Spanish porn star.
So it was now a toss up, she said, between Fabiano or Gitano.
"Which one do you think?" she asked.
Ohhhh...............names are such a personal thing aren't they?
I didn't want to offend and say neither (because to me these names sound like Italian porn stars).
But, as we are good friends and she did ask, I said, "Definitely not Fabiano, it reminds me of Fabio from the covers of Mills & Boon books. At least with Gitano you can say he was named after a great Italian football player."
Helena and her husband are not Italian but they love Italian names. Their other sons are named Marco, Gianluca, and Paolo.
And if their current numbers are anything to go by, they will be able to field their own Italian football team one day soon.
It's funny how names come about.
I had four babies names picked out by the time I was 17 for the two boys and two girls I planned to have.
As it happens, I only used one of these names and fortunately for me, her Dad liked the name too.
I also recall how Des got confused and thought that his first grandchild had been named after a river. When relatives asked about her name soon after her birth, he told them her name was "Nile, as in the Nile River, or something like that".
This is probably why, when she was christened Jordan, and the Jordan River was mentioned in the reading, everyone got the giggles and couldn't stop.
My name came from my grandmother.
I like that. She looms large in my life for many reasons.
However, the most unusual name I have heard in recent times was from a family with the surname Bridge. They named their baby girl Sydney Harbour....Bridge. Why oh why?
What about you? Is there an interesting story to your name (even your anonymous blogger name if you use one), or of someone you know?