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Names [Jul. 26th, 2011|09:55 pm]
I am erasing a post I started to write about politics, because thinking about it just makes me crazy, and talking about it will do no good.

So instead I will just mention that Sunday I went over to my grandmother's and visted with her and my sister and my uncle, and I learned that she was the one who suggested my name when I was a baby.

I also learned that the reason she goes by her middle name (Jewell) instead of her first name (Vella), is that she and all her siblings were named by their father after people he knew. And one time when she was a little girl, she was going through a box of photos with her mother (one of the only things to survive when their house burned down, a story that just kills me when she talks about it so matter-of-factly) and her mom showed her a picture of some young ladies and pointed out the one she was named after. And then mentioned "she was a bit sweet on your dad", which did NOT meet with my grandmother's approval, and she decided that she didn't want to be named after Vella and would go by Jewell instead. And that was that.

(Also, there are two Ls in Jewell because it was originally a family name.)

[User Picture]From: jofish22
2011-07-27 04:48 am (UTC)
i have a mental image of your grandmother, who in my head looks like the queen, saying "And we shall name him... Dr. Tectonic."
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[User Picture]From: pink_halen
2011-07-27 06:25 am (UTC)

A rose by any other name

It's a very nice name. I'd like to use it more because I think it suits you.

My grandmother's name was Era and the cousins all called here Eareee so she named her children names she thought wouldn't have nicknames. Most of them acquired other names anyway.

Names are not important until someone mispronounces your name and then it is a really big deal.

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[User Picture]From: zalena
2011-07-31 06:16 pm (UTC)
I did not know your name until a few years ago when I had to email you at work. I think it's a nice name, too, but only if you like it. Mostly, I will call people whatever they want to be called, unless I come up with an evil nickname, first.
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