I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it my whole life.
I have never really felt like a “Susan,” whatever that should feel like.
I guess I just always felt it to be an old-fashioned, plain name. And I’ve never really felt “old-fashioned.” As a child I certainly felt plain…but DEFINITELY not now. Now, I am sassy and fabulous.
I do not know where my parents came up with the name Susan. My hunch is that I was named for my father’s best friend’s wife. Both of my parents deny it. I don’t believe them.
Susan comes from the Hebrew, Shoshana, meaning “graceful lily.” Ok. Well, I danced for about 19 years, so I could see the graceful thing. But, there is no way my parents would have known that as I was but a wee little 6 pound, 11 ounce baby lying in my hospital bed.
My middle name is Katharine. It came from my mother. It was her name, and the name of her German grandmother. There was never any doubt in my mother’s mind that her baby girl would carry the name.
Katharine comes from the Greek, Aikaterine or katharos, meaning pure.
So, when you put the meanings of my name together it is “a graceful lily that is pure.”
I kinda like that. THAT sounds poetic and lovely.
In light of that, henceforth I shall be called, Pure Graceful Lily.
Oh sure, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s my name and I can do what I want to with it. And why shouldn’t my name be as fabulous as the wonder that is me?
I think so!