“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” W.C. Fields
“Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he is really in trouble.” Dennis Frakes
“A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.” Henry David Thoreau
What’s in a name? What does your name mean? Why did you receive your name… is it a family name or did someone open a book and say “THAT name looks good!” What does your name say about you… or does it?
As a child, I asked my mom where my name came from and she told me that she and dad found my name on a Welsh map, after all my dad’s family is from Wales. The problem is that I can’t find any town in Wales named Gwynn. Have you ever tried to pronounce Welsh words? All through school, teachers would look at my name, stutter, and attempt to sound out my name. They had never seen a name without a vowel in it, let alone a Welsh name. Then years later when I took Latin I learned about “feminine” and “masculine” words and endings for names. It turns out my name is spelled the Welsh masculine way. It is too bad no one gave mom and dad that information! I receive correspondence to Mr. Gwynn constantly.
But I am lucky if my worst problem is that people can’t pronounce or spell my name. I still laugh as I wonder WHY parents give children some of these crazy names. Years ago, while working for a bank, one of my customers was named Olive Pit. I had the worst time not cracking up when I saw her. Then when I worked for a Title Company, I had to review the documents for Harry Butz. I had to make sure the documents had his “ass” covered for his home loan. Tell me… WHY do parents do these things to their children?
Finally, I have a lovely little granddaughter whose initials spell “BRP!” Some day she is going to rip a good one for her parents! I’ll say… I TOLD YOU SO!!