Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
With all due respect to The Ting Tings… but, that’s not my name…
Reportedly, as I was but a wee little 6 pound 11 ounce bundle of joy in the hospital, my mother wanted to name me Karen – but, pronounced Kah-rin, not the more familiar Care-in.
My father hated it.
If I have been a boy, things would have been easier. I would have been named after him. George Charles the IV. My brother got that instead – 4 1/2 years later.
I almost went home without a name.
The nurses pushed and prodded and cajoled until finally my parent’s chose a name.
I have no idea where the Susan part came from, but I have my suspicions. My father’s best friend’s wife’s name was Susan. My mother denies it, but come on, it is just too much of a coincidence. And while at one point in time, Susan HAD been a VERY popular name, this was 1966 – and it’s popularity had waned.
Katharine, however, has a story. It was my mother’s middle name (she has since had her name legally changed to have it as her first name). And THAT came from her father’s mother. That Katharine, was originally Katharine Jung, which became Young when her family emigrated from Germany.
I have never felt like a “Susan.” Don’t ask me what a “Susan” is supposed to feel like, but alls I know is that I have never particularly liked it. On the other hand, I also do not think I would have particularly enjoyed having the name “Kah-rin.” I can just imagine having to have spent my whole life correcting the pronunciation! As it is, with my middle name being Katharine with a “K” and an “a,” and the fact that my last name has a capital “B” in the middle of it, I have had to have every diploma (and driver’s licenses and social security cards etc.) I have ever received redone because one or the other or both have been misspelled.
Even though I don’t really “feel” like a Susan, I am pretty sure I would never change it. Despite the fact that it is complicated to do (well, the changing is easy – it’s all the other stuff and getting other people to call you the new name), I am Susan. It’s my name. Like it or not.