What’s in a Name?

Can you guess how many entries I made in the wordpress.com name line before one was accepted? A LOT. Words, phrases, nicknames that seem so personal to ME have already been used by people who are NOT me.

I experienced a similar situation fifteen years ago when I ordered my vanity plates, I was granted MARYL8. Because SEVEN MaryL’s got to it before I did. As someone who is chronically prompt, I was hesistant to commit to Mary Late, but since my birthday is on the 8th, and heaven forbid by the time I reapplied they be up to MARYL37 (no numerical affiliation), I commited.

Commiting to a name is a big decision. I would like people to read this, enjoy it, tell their friends– and the link should be easy to remember, right? I tried to be clever, I tried to be tricky, I tried to be obvious– all taken.

When I was born, my parents were expecting a boy. They had a name selected, Eric Hayes. When I emerged into this world, not a boy, I’m not sure why they didn’t just go with the obvious Erica, but instead chose to name me after my Grandmothers. My mom’s mom was Emma Frances, my dad’s mom was Mary Lou. Now, there was a time when I could tell this story and get the reaction I was seeking– back in the 70’s and 80’s, for instance. I would say, “so the choice was either Mary Frances or Emma Lou.” Back in the day people would agree with me that I got the better end of that deal. Then, in the 90’s, Emma’s popularity TOOK OFF. All of a sudden, I’m telling my story and I’m getting pitiful glances and nods! Nothing against Emmas, some of my kids’ best friends are Emmas, some of my friend’s best kids are Emmas, but, hello, I am SO a Mary.

A Mary Frances, to be exact. Or, in the clever case of my blog posts, Mary Fran Says.

(I assume future blogs will address my obsession with letters, words, and sounds. I hope you’ll check in and check them out.)

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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12 Responses to What’s in a Name?

  1. Berta says:

    Love the blog, Mary!

  2. I cannot wait to read what else you have to say! Thank you for sending me the link.

  3. Kristin says:

    Congratulations on the new blog launch–a terrific start!

  4. Carol Kuczek says:

    Hey, just think you could have been Mary Lou. You are a Mary, no doubt about it. Nice blog. I’m impressed. You inspire me, MaryFran. I was supposed to be a boy, too. My parents were going to call me Charles Edward Allen. Since I was a girl. I have the same initials: Carolyn Elizabeth Allen. When I was married to a Mr. Henderson, it was very difficult to get all of that on one line of my driver’s license. I’m blogging on your blog. This is fun. I’ll be back.

  5. I recall years back trying to log onto something and having to create a unique name – and all variations of kelly were already nabbed. So I typed in “frustratedkelly” and it was taken! I think I ended up with frenchbreadkelly.
    Love you, love your blog!

  6. Kristin says:

    The doctors predicted I was going to be a boy, too. My name would have been Paul Andrew Oakley. Nice name for a boy, but I’m not too crazy about Paula or Pauline. So happy they came up with Kristin. And of course, Mary’s perfect for you!

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