[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Elizabeth Parks henx19 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 19 23:34:18 EDT 2006

My parents named my older brother after my father and grandfather (William),
me after both my grandmothers (Margaret Elizabeth), and my younger brother
after my other grandfather and my uncle who had died (Theodore Robert.)  I'm
not sure why she agreed to Margaret--I think it meant a lot to my father,
and they didn't want to leave anyone out.

it's always really frustrated me that my mother never had a backup name.  If
my older brother had been a girl he might have been Jennifer, and all my
friends had lovely alternate names: Laura might have been David, Andrea
might have been Ogden, stuff like that.  But whenever I'd ask my mother,
she'd just say, "well, I knew you were going to be a girl."  There was no
test, just my mother's intution.

My mother is a Reiki master and an estate lawyer, and on her the combination

obDWJ: um.what were the other Janet/Gwendolen names?  Ludmilla?

2006/9/19, Paul Andinach <pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au>:
> On Tue, 19 Sep 2006, Elizabeth Parks wrote:
> > I would also advise that you give your child a first name you mean
> > to use: my first name is Margaret (after my grandmother), but my
> > mother can't stand it, and so I spent the first twenty-odd years of
> > my life (ie all but the past year and a half) trying to convince
> > people that I really do prefer Elizabeth, or Lizzie.
> If your mother can't stand the name, why did she give it to you? Did
> your grandmother insist? (Or was it your paternal grandmother?)
> Someone I know married into a family where the eldest son was always
> named John - but only the oldest surviving John was actually *called*
> John. All the younger Johns were called by their second name, until
> each in his turn became the eldest and was expected to change to being
> John. (If I recall correctly, her young son is now the only surviving
> John, but she, having observed the results in the earlier generation
> or two, has decided to continue calling him by the name he's used to
> until he's old enough to decide for himself what he wants to be
> called.)
> Paul
> --
> "Hold fast to the one noble thing."
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