Do you know why you have the name that you do? Do you know what it means? This week I’m writing from a prompt over at Denyse Whelan Blogs. The prompt is ‘Story of my first name’.
What’s in a name?
I don’t actually know why I was called Susan and unfortunately I don’t have parents still alive to ask them. Being born in the 50s I did some research and found that Susan ranked #2 in the top 100 Most Popular Baby Names for 1957, so perhaps that was one reason. Perhaps my mother had read Lady Susan, by Jane Austen. Although I have read that book and Lady Susan wasn’t such a good role model!
My older brother was named David , and then when my younger sister was born, he wanted Mum and Dad to call her Wendy as he was reading a book at school called, David, Sue & Wendy. My parents didn’t take that hint and called her Catherine.
In June, my daughter will give birth for a second time. As with their first child, both she and my son-in-law want the sex of the baby to be a surprise. They are also keeping any name choices to themselves as they did when having Ethan. Like my brother, Ethan (master 4 year old in April) has decided that if he has a sister she should be called Isla or Bonnie and if a baby brother then Cooper or Jackson. Where did he find those names? His kindy friends of course. We are all waiting in excited expectation of who we will welcome as our newest addition to our family.
The other thing about names, is that Australians, in particular, love to shorten them or put ‘y’ on the end. I was christened Susan but have been called Sue (and sometimes Suzie) all my life and now at 60, even if I wanted people to call me Susan it would sound strange. If my mother called me Susan Irene, I knew I was in trouble! My sister was Cathy although in later life she changed her name to Kate and my brother was Dave although strangely enough I always called him David.
When I had my children I didn’t think you could shorten Rachel or Nathan, but I was wrong. It is either Rach or Nath which I find unbelievable!
Some people have nicknames that just seem to stick and in many cases we forget what their ‘real’ name is. There are names that we call close friends as terms of endearment.
Our names may change
Some people don’t like their given name and change it by deed poll.
For those who have been adopted, their adoptive parents may have given them a different name to the one chosen by their birth mother.
The trend of having unusual names
For a time it was very trendy to call your child unusual names, however, this trend seems to be changing back to the more traditional names and even what we would call ‘old fashioned’ names.
Some people are named after relatives or special friends or people who have had an influence on our parents’ lives. For many years boys were named after their fathers and became either Jr or II or III.
So what does my name mean?
Susan means Graceful Lily. There are also variations such as ‘French Susanne, from Late Latin Susanna, from Greek Sousanna, from Hebrew Šošanna’
The Urban Dictionary gave this description of what type of person Susan is. I have to say it is pretty close to the mark, except for the last sentence.
susan is a great person, but doesn’t always know it. susans are caring and intelligent, but never see the beauty in themselves. she knows it’s there, but sometimes needs a little encouragement to see it. they are often ambitious, and sometimes get themselves in a little over their heads. if she does, help her out! once you have proven yourself trustworthy, susan will be your most loyal friend. but watch out! cross her and you’ll have hell to pay.
her guy friends all love her like a little sister, and they’re like big brothers to her, but there’s one in the crowd who’s more special than the rest. if you are that person, you are one lucky guy. susan will devote everything to you. at first she can seem overwhelming, but don’t be put off! she just has strange ways of showing her affection. once you’ve got her though, hold on tight.
be on your toes though! susan is strong and independent, which can sometimes make her more vulnerable than the rest. she always brings something new to the day, and if there’s a smile on her face, don’t be the one who wipes it away.
susan will love you like a girlfriend, talk to you like a trusted advisor, and protect you like a sibling. do the same for her!
P.S. call her susie or sue and she will kill you!’
Perhaps you could substitute your name in the link and see what it comes up with.
What’s in a name?
After writing this post and reading it through, I have realised that it doesn’t really matter what our given name is or what we are called. We have been named for a reason, or just because our parents liked that particular name.
What is more important than our name, is the person who we are inside. I know that no matter what name I have been given, or called during my life, I want to be remembered as the person who lived a good and full life showing kindness and compassion to others. I want to be remembered as a role model for my family.
Do you know why you were called your name? If you have children was there a particular reason you gave them the name you did? Join the conversation and share your thoughts with us.