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Friday Five - Names
Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, 11:59 p.m.

QUESTION: What's in a name?

What I Learned: Names - everybody's got one.

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?

Same first name but the last name has changed. Luckily my parents have long ago stopped calling me by a rather clumsy combination of my first and middle name that they concocted. It didn't sound good the first time they said it and it never grew on me. In fact, I would advise that first and middle kid name combinations should only be used with the greatest caution by any and all parents – especially during the teenage years.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?

I always loved the name Veronica. I would like to say that it was because of the brave and virtuous Veronica with the veil but it was really Veronica from Archie comics that made me think this was indeed a rather splendid name. Kids.

image from Archie Comics

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)

I was named after my mother, who was named after her mother, who was named after her mother, and so on, and so on, and so on. I am not kidding. The first female child always got my name – which is actually a very nice name when used on its own. Many of my namesakes have led interesting lives and in some cases – died interesting deaths. For instance, one of my namesakes got her sleeve caught in a gristmill and was crushed beneath the stone. Quite a grisly story but supposedly true. She was bringing her husband lunch and in reaching across to hand it to him, met her fate. Luckily she had recently had a daughter to carry on the name. Her husband - after having the stone removed and buried, went out and found himself a new bride.

My dear grandmother, another namesake, was pronounced dead in the hospital with a bad case of double pneumonia when she was a young married mother of 2. My grandfather, terrified of the prospect of dealing with two very young children on his own (one was my mom) threw himself on my grandmother in an outpouring of grief. She said she was drifting down a corridor like a feather at the time and at every door along that corridor a voice said - not here - but when she got to the end, she heard my grandfather’s voice calling her name and someone said – not yet, go back. And she did. She had 3 more children after that and luckily, she had plenty of grandchildren too, including me.

3. 4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?

Names are very personal. I may not like a name but I rarely am moved to name hatred. The name of a person who hasn’t been very nice to me can create a negative feeling even when it belongs to someone else totally different from the offender. On the other hand, there are plenty of names I love – like both of my kid’s names. Names can grow on you if I you like the person they are attached to – even bad names can have their charm then.

5. Is the analysis of your name at / / astroexpert accurate? How or how isn't it?

Here’s the answer in a nutshell. Kabalarians got all my good qualities down pat but was totally mistaken in identifying some bad qualities per my given name - impossible. I refuse to do tests showcased on a page with a man sticking out his tongue which is very purple and as such could not bring myself to take the test at triggur. The only thing I can say about my astroexpert results is – what?

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