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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's All In The Name

According to pet mavens, dogs and cats are now being given people names. I guess the days of Rover, Scout, and Kitty are over. My dog Stormy, is a good example. I had a student named Stormy, and I loved the name. Truthfully I thought it would make a better pet name, but that was just my opinion. There was a famous weatherman, named Storm Fields, but really his name was Ira.

I considered other names before I chose Stormy. My students provided me with unique and interesting names. There was Dazly, a dazzling child, Sky, and Rain. I love weather names. I had the car children one year, Lexis, Mercedes, and Audi. No they were not related. Another year it was Romaine and Asia.

My most memorable family named their children Unique, Elite and Prestige. Mom proudly explained she got her names from the dictionary. I had twins named Quasar and Quasy, confusing because they were identical and the names were so similar. Sometimes the names are so complicated and long nobody can pronounce them. This was Eberlinias problem, thankfully they called her Ebie and I was thankful/

So much care and thought and time goes into choosing a name. Does it all really matter?  I do not know one adult who likes their name. Stormy likes his name,  he hears it on the news all day. When my daughter in law was pregnant my husband asked that the baby not be named a fruit, vegetable , or planet. Sounds fair to me/ 

This is Stormy, but Stormy and I want to say good-bye to Cody, and tell him we will all miss him.


  1. Stormy is too cute for words, especially with his jacket.
    I never knew you had a student named Stormy.
    BTW I adored Storm Fields.

    I had car names too as a teacher... I too had a Lexis and Mercedes.
    There was Diamond and Jewel.
    I had the twins Asia and Africa.
    I had Valentine.. at least her bday was actually Feb. 14.

    Who is Cody?


  2. Most of my students had traditional names. One "Toinette" was pronounced "Toy-net," however, and another girl had a Gaelic name whose pronunciation "Neev" was spelled something like Niahm. Some alliterative names were very similar and could trip up the teacher should the teacher be very tired on a given day and mix up Larisha with Lareesa with Laqueesha or Laquisha, none of whom were related or looked anything like the other. Then there were students coincidentally with the same first and last name and families that named all of their children with names that began with the same letter. Often brothers closely resembled their older siblings when those boys were that younger age and in a rushed moment when the brain was tired, the wrong name slipped from the lips....Oops.

    And then there were popular names that populated the classroom. Each year brought multiple Michaels, Marks, Christines, and Jennifers. Other names were dependent upon which celebrities were popular at the time of the child's birth.

    I had thought that Stormy's name was due to his coloring and markings. The name seemed so apt.

    Chico, my Chihuahua, was an obvious choice due to his size. Sadly, most of the Chihuahuas in the universe seemed to have had that name. When my father registered Chico with the American Kennel Club, Chico had to become Chicitant IV. Luckily, Chico was oblivious to his real name and never suffered embarrassment by its pretensions. Chico was not a fru-fru doggy.

    My second dog, Samson, was named due to his strength, stubbornness, and tendency to go along with his emotions more than logic, like his Biblical namesake.

    I like literary names. My cars all were given names. The ones that I picked more off the top of my head coincidentally proved to have a number of operating issues: Herbie the Chevy and Dexter the Pacer. Merlin the Dodge, Galahad the Saturn, and Jean Luc the Saturn Vue all faired much better. It turns out that the name does define the person or pet,...or car.
    Yes, names are important and should be given a great deal of thought when being selected. Barbara