It made me remember the names that were considered for me - and how glad I am that they didn't pass muster. See, I could have been named by two different people - my birth mother and my adoptive mother. None of their choices was acceptable to me, and I have had to warm up to the idea of being called Judy all my life. But Judy is better than the other possible choices. My mom considered naming me after my two grandmothers, and I would have been "Cora Rose."
Friday, June 8
By Any Other Name
I was reading blog posts recently, and came upon this one of Rosemary's about names:
The Rose is fine, but the Cora was not and I am forever grateful that she decided against that.
My birth mother, whom I met at the ripe old age of 57 (my age, not hers), confided that she would have named me after her favorite singer - Loretta Lynn. Again, the Lynn was acceptable, but Loretta is one of worst possible choices for me (others being Gertrude, Hortense, Priscilla and the like, all of which were possibles in 1940 when I was born).
Had I been of an age to say what I might like for a name, I would have chosen Elizabeth, which was my adoptive mother's middle name and always a favorite. Kathryn (spelled like that) is another favorite.
So, tell me. What do you think of the name you were given and would you have preferred another?