What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
The first week in March is Name Pride Week. Today, March 4, is Learn What Your Name Means Day and the Friday of the first full week of March is Middle Name Pride Day. Many sources mistakenly think that Middle Name Pride Day falls on the same day every year but that is not the case. This year it falls on March 6.
A parent often selects a name to honor a friend or relative. That person may have possessed certain characteristics that they wanted you to inherit.
Until the Civil War, middle names simply were not that common in the United States. Sometimes, a mother will have all her children's first names starting with the same letter of the alphabet. In the past, hurricanes have been named for women. There are hundreds of websites that help you to find a name for your children, dogs, cats, horses, and even boats! I found funny names, celebrity names, happy names and unique names. There are many websites that tell you the meaning of names. Here is one you might want to check out: http://www.behindthename.com/
Many people don't like their names and some go so far as to have them changed. A lot of people never reveal their middle names to anyone and often just use the first letter of their middle name when signing a check, etc.
This week we should all take pride in our first and middle given names. Supposedly, one way to celebrate is to reveal your middle name to at least three other people.
My middle name is "Ann". There used to be a potato salad out called, " Judy Ann Potato Salad".
Several times, I had people ask me if I was connected with the company when they found out my middle name. I went to school with a girl named Clara Bell. She was teased to death because there was a clown on the Howdy Doody Show by that name.
Do you have any hangups about your name? Do you dislike it? Are you named after someone you know or a relative? Do you know any really funny names?