Does your name have a story?

@FayeHazel (11796)
United States
November 4, 2016 11:15am CST
I think it's an interesting topic. My Name is Faye Vicki. My mom's name is Vicki Faye. My dad named me. My parents had made the deal that if I were a boy mom could name me. And if I were a girl as the case went - dad could name me. My mom's name is Vicki Faye. My mom had a difficult time with me - there were many health scares a long the way, so to signify this - my dad just reversed the names. I have come to like my unusual name even though people mix it up for "Faith" or "Kay" when I introduce myself. That said to me, "Faye" feels like a name belonging to someone small and dainty whereas I, well, I am not small nor dainty. I'd like your stories.
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@Corbin5 (81755)
• United States
4 Nov 16
You do have a lovely name!! My mother was French, but she did not give us French names, which I found strange since her brother named his children, Jeanine, Nanette, and Sheree. I am Deborah. It is a Hebrew name which does not go along with my Christian upbringing, but Deborah was a mighty fine woman in the Bible, so will keep it. My middle name Kay is for my dad's sister who was killed in a car accident at age 24.
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov 16
What did Deborah do in the Bible? I'm learning about the history of some Hebrew names at the preschool where I work for fun. We've had some an Esther, several Noahs, a Moshe (Moses) or two, and several other Biblical/Hebrew names.
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@Corbin5 (81755)
• United States
8 Nov 16
@TheHorse Deborah was a famous prophetess, and also an honored judge. A very strong woman. My grandmother gave me a book for young girls, Women of the Bible, and there was Deborah. Our only child, our son, is Joshua. We all know about Joshua. However, I was shopping with my mother when I was home on break from college. I saw a painting in Marshall Field's that was labeled "The Joshua Tree." I told my mom, "If I ever have a son, his name will be Joshua." Funny how things like that happen.
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov 16
@Corbin5 Very cool! You stuck to your word. I've always said that if I have a son, he will be Matthew, as it's my favorite Bible chapter. Heh. Marshall Fields. Makes me think of Chicago, where I grew up.
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• United States
5 Nov 16
I wish I had a good story for my name but I don't. My parents named me Jessica Dawn because they liked the name. lol All I know is that if I had been a boy, I would have been named Joshua. lol
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Interesting that they would have stuckwith J names though
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• United States
14 Nov 16
@FayeHazel That's true... My sister's name is Jennifer. Guess they like J's... lol
@1creekgirl (8748)
• United States
5 Nov 16
My name is Vicki also. My middle name is Louise, named after my great-grandmother Mary Louise. Our daughter's middle name is Louise and I had hoped her daughter would have been given the same middle name, but she wasn't. Oh well.
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
I noticed - we spell our Vicki the same way too - small world! Nice thought with the middle name, would be sweet to keep that going...
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@Happy2BeMe (69922)
• Canada
4 Nov 16
Faye is a beautiful name. I know a few people who have that name. My name is Laurel. I was named after this elderly women who use in have a canteen in our neighborhood. Mom loved her name and decided that the next daughter she had would be named Laurel. I remember as a child I would always get free candy at the store and the owner always made so much of me. I only learned later in life why. I always knew her as Mrs. Gildart back then. Growing up I didn't really like my name. I always wanted something that was more popular like Shelley or Susan. I now like my name and appreciate the fact that my parents gave me a unique name. I always get called Laurie and Lauren or they will say "Laurel? Like in Laurel and Hardy?" That use to bother me but now I just laugh it off.
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@Happy2BeMe (69922)
• Canada
4 Nov 16
@HAPPSINGH Awww thanks!
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• United States
5 Nov 16
I think Laurel is a beautiful name.
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@Happy2BeMe (69922)
• Canada
5 Nov 16
@1creekgirl thank you Vicki
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@5thHouse (1703)
• Sheffield, England
4 Nov 16
My name is Caroline and I always used to think that Mum had got it from the Neil Diamond song (or the Status Quo one for that matter) but she just happened to like the name.
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Oh nice, you are right - there are several nice songs out there for Caroline. It's a beautiful name
@5thHouse (1703)
• Sheffield, England
11 Nov 16
@FayeHazel I hated it when I was a child because it seemed to be such a long name - not fun when you're learning to write your name at school! Faye it a lovely name.
@Nihil90 (380)
• Indore, India
4 Nov 16
This is a really novel and amusing way to name somebody, Faye. I'll tell you about how I was named: When I was about to be born, my parents wanted my name to be uncommon and different from others. They finally decided upon the word 'Sparsh'. It is a Hindi word which means 'touch'. Many people in India, including my parents, believe that the name of a person has a strong bearing on his/her personality. I've grown up to be a sesnsitive person-sometimes I think I get over-sensitive-too easily 'touched' or 'influenced' by others.
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Thanks for sharing @Nihil90 -- I think your name and story is beautiful -- I like this thought that a person may be influenced by their name , Have you read about "empaths" or "highly sensitive people"? I think I may be one, maybe you too... Thanks again!
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@Nihil90 (380)
• Indore, India
12 Nov 16
@FayeHazel I read the book "Quiet" by Susan Cain, which does address the topic of highly sensitive people; I found the book interesting. I'm glad you're one of them. Welcome to the club! I Find your story amusing and beautiful. Thanks for bringing up your story and the discussion!
@ms1864 (7001)
• Bangalore, India
5 Nov 16
I am the 2nd child in my family, my parents had my brother before me...and when my mom was expecting me, my dad was hopping it would be a girl so the family would be complete. ..they would have one of each. So when i was born they named me Manisha, which in my language means "the heart's desire".
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Oh that is so sweet - one of each child. I like how your name has a meaning and I think it's a pretty name
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@ms1864 (7001)
• Bangalore, India
12 Nov 16
Thank You!
• Preston, England
6 Nov 16
My father's side of the family are descended from the French Hugenots. In the 18th -19th century my ancestors were canal diggers, or navvies as they were called and they did something to upset people in Leeds which actually banished them from the entire city - I have been there since so they must have forgotten us now lol
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Wow, I love those family stories - nice to know you know you know about their profession and their ban from Leeds - oh dear! lol.
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov 16
I have no clue where my name come. It's a Scottish sounding name, and my mom's side of the family is from Scotland, but I know of no ancestors with my name. I was supposed to be Robert, after my mother's father, but my cousin was born ten days before me and my Uncle stole my name for his son. My dad always teased him (his bother) about that.
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
That's interesting, and though I know it's not the same topic, Scottish accents are really colorful and interesting. Funny about the stolen Robert. I still say one of you could be Rob and one of you could be Bob ... way to tell 2 Roberts apart, that is funny though....
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Nov 16
@FayeHazel I was traumatized in childhood by the fact that my name was never on the bicycle license planes at the corner hardware store. Nor was I ever mentioned on Romper Room. But maybe I would have grown up to be a boring ol' businessman in a suit had I not had an "eccentric" Scottish name.
@LadyDuck (122028)
• Switzerland
7 Nov 16
Your name is unusual, I like it. My name is Anna, a very common name in Italy, where I was born. My father decided my name and he though that Anna is short, easy and common. I like it, so no one shortens my name.
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@FayeHazel (11796)
• United States
11 Nov 16
Anna is a great name and the same forward or backward
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@LadyDuck (122028)
• Switzerland
12 Nov 16
@FayeHazel Yes, Anna is a palindrome word, the only other name that I know is Otto.