Son Numero Tres and his bonita esposa gave Ken and me a lovely gift this Christmas--journals in which we write our life stories using prompts. This week the prompt was about our names and how we got them.
Of course I know where my middle name, Louise, came from. It's a family name--TRQ and my grandmother share it, too. And I've always liked that it means "warrior maiden." YES! WATCH ME TAKE OUT MY SWORD AND HEW OFF SOME ARMS!
When I was younger, however, I was massively disappointed in my first name. Ann. Ann without an "e." So boring. So vanilla. So not memorable. When I was in the sixth grade I used to pretend it was short for Angelique. Not just Angelique. Angelique Dawn.
So yeah. Apparently I was a frilly girl in the sixth grade.
Anyway, I asked TRQ last night why she selected that name and she couldn't remember other than the fact that it wasn't a "cutesy" name. She didn't want me to be named "Tiffany" like all the other girls my age.
Okay. I can totally promise you there were hardly any girls in the 50's being named "Tiffany." We had to wait until the 70's for that particular crop of babies. But I got her point. And the older I've gotten the more I've appreciated the simplicity, the directness of the name she chose for me.
Well done, TRQ!