3dogmom says at RevGals: Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with tracking some genealogical mysteries in my family. I’m reaching back through generations into the past, but I’m also moving from the past toward the present in an effort to locate cousins descended from the same ancestor. Naming patterns prove to be useful clues in these endeavors, and in turn, lead me to today’s Friday Five theme.
Share with us:
1. Is there a story behind your name?
Yes. I am named for my two grandmothers: Mary Jane Culbreath Marshall and Elizabeth Swarthout Butler. My maternal grandmother, who I called Meme, was born Mary Emma, but she did not like that name and when the courthouse burned down and she went to fill out new records, she changed it. She was kind of like that.
I love my name and its history, and it has been very unusual for me to meet others with the same name in real life. The internet has changed that a bit...according to teh interwebs, there are Mary Beth Butlers who are a graphic designer, a health system navigator, a piano teacher, a financier, a kayak buyer, and lots of other things. O, brave new world! :)
2. If you have children, how did you choose his/her/their name(s)? If you don’t have children, how about a pet? My dog Josie is named for herself. Dog Boudreaux is named for a nickname that I used to call Brandon when we first met.
3. I named the stand mixer in my kitchen Ethel, and a friend of mine names her plants. Do you ever name household items, and what inspires the names behind them?
Not usually, but I have named my Roomba Vacuum. His name is Robert, prounounced "Roh-bear" in what I think of as a French way.
4. Do you daydream about what you might name a boat, a novel, a business, or something else that begs for a title? Hmm. Haven't thought about this!
5. If you were to write under a pseudonym, what might that be, and is there a story behind that name? I would be Darden, which is a pen name my mother used in college. :)