On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Rebecca Ganetzky rganetzk at oberlin.edu
Tue Mar 11 17:32:09 EST 2003

>--- Jon Noble <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>  I always felt that people without middle names were
>>  short changed by life, and was very jealous of a
>>  friend who'd scored two middle names.
>I don't know, I have no middle name and was always
>kind of proud of that -- it just seemed totally
>unnecessary.  I have two names, a given name made of
>two Chinese characters and a family name made of one
>Chinese character, and have always been quite
>satisfied.  It was kind of fun saying firmly to
>slightly bemused adults "Yes, I really have no middle
My mother wasn't given a middle name, and when she emigrated (she was 
born in Israel) the US customs officers told her she could pick her 
own.  So she picked 'Barbara," which she decided she hated a year 
later.  She says she would have been happier had she left well enough 
alone.  So when she married she took my father's last name, and used 
her maiden name to replace her middle name.
Rebecca D. Ganetzky
"...and do not say that a thing is impossible to understand, for 
eventually it will be understood."-Rabbi Hillel
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