Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesdays Question

It's Wednesday so that means it's question time. It's time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We'd all like that.

So here's this weeks question: What's your first name? Do you know how you got your first name?
Making this an easy one today. My first name is Sandra. After a friend of my mothers, and Sandra was a very popular name in the 50s. It ranked #8 in most popular girls' names. Go HERE to see the entire list.

What does Sandra mean?  Form of ALEXANDER. helper and defender of mankind
Gender: Girl
Origin: Greek
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  1. My first name is Stephen from what I remember is that my nan chose it it's not so popular these days

    Have a Sandratastic day Sandra LOL :-h

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    1. I've always likes the name Steve. It's still popular here I think. :)

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  2. First name: Rhonda. I was named after my mom's paternal grandmother.

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    1. Way cool. I love your name. :)

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  3. Lisa
    Not actually sure. I used to think it was a the female version of Leo in reference to my Grandfather and my Uncle. But that was as a kid. I guess I should ask my mother. No other family relation has that name. Interesting I never thought of it before.

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    1. Ask your mother. There very well could be a very cool story about how you got your name. :)

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  4. My first name is Margaret and I was named after my father's mother. So that is neat. I never met my grandmother but I have a picture of her and we look a lot alike.
    Have a fabulous day Sandee.

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    1. Being names after a family member is neat indeed Marg. :)

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  5. John.
    My father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all named John. I could be wrong, but I think that's the source. :)

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    1. I had an uncle named John. I think it's great that John survived all those generations. :)

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  6. My name is Rose. It was selected because my mom liked it. For many years people thought I was going to be an old lady when I made hair appointments, and they would be surprised when I showed up young. These days, no one is surprised when I show up, my age finally matches my name. :)

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    1. I love the name Rose. I didn't think old when I found this out. I really thought your name was Rosey. :)

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  7. My mom had a doll she named Kathy- so I was named Katherine after her childhood toy.
    Kathy was a VERY popular name back in the 40's- so when I was in high school there must have been 10 or so in my class. Hence my changing the spelling of my name from Kathy to Kathe. Cheers and have a lovely day!

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    1. What a great way to get your name. She must have loved that childhood doll very much.

      There were a bunch of Sandra's in my class too. Hence my changing the spelling of my name from Sandra to Sandee. It stuck too. :)

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  8. My name is Paul Frankin PIetrangelo. My gender is MALE and origin is Italian.Paolo is Italian. Why Paul, I guess my parents liked it. My middle name Franklin is from my father Francesco ( Frank ). I do use my middle name initial because I write my name as Paul F. Pietrangelo. P.F.P sounds better then P.P.. My students use to call me Mr. P. Even that sounds kind of funny. I happen to like my name. Have a wonderful Wednesday Sandee. See ya.

    Paul

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    1. Way cool history of your name. I am so glad I asked this question. I got far more participation than I thought I would. :)

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  9. Mine is Saundra and it means the same as yours. there used to be a magazine back in the 50s called True Romance or something like that with romance stories in it. My Mom found the name in one of the stories.I decided to go to Sandy when I got divorced and decided to change my life. But all my family still calls me Saundra.

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    1. I love your name. Of course I would. :)

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  10. Barbara, after my Dad's older sister. And of course, it was one of the more popular names at the time. According to Wikipedia: Barbara is a female given name used in numerous languages. It is the feminine form of the Greek word barbaros (Greek: βαρβαρος) meaning "foreign".[citation needed] In Spanish, Portuguese and Italian it means barbarian or barbaric. In Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox tradition, Saint Barbara was martyred by her father, who was then punished with death by lightning. As such, St. Barbara is a protectress against fire and lightning. Other saints of this name include Barbara Avrillot (Barbe Aurillot, known as Marie of the Incarnation) and Barbara Koob (Marianne Cope).

    Today, Barbara remains among the top 100 most popular names for female babies born in Chile, Hungary, Poland[1] and Slovakia. It is among the top 10 names given to baby girls born in both the Czech Republic and Georgia in 2012. The Russian variant Varvara is also returning to popularity in former Soviet republics such as Estonia, where it ranked among the top names for girls in 2012, and in Russia, where it was the ninth most popular name for girls born in 2012 in Moscow. Its popularity in the United States has declined from third place, in the 1930s, to 900th place, in 2012, when it was used for 288 newborn American girls. The Russian form of the name, Varvara, was given to just 16 American girls in 2012.[2] [3]

    In Italy Barbara was particularly popular during the 1970s: it is among the top 10 names given to girls born from 1969 to 1977, rising to 2nd place (behind Maria) in 1971.[4] In the same year it was the most common name for girls born in Rome and in Bologna.[5]"

    big hugs Sandee! xoxo

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    1. What a history of the name Barbara. I'll still call you Barb if that's okay. :)

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  11. Sandra...just like you! I always wanted to be named after someone, but Mother just liked this name, so it was not for an ancestor. I suppose that is why all 3 of our kids have ancestral names.

    Big hugs from rainy nawth jawjah, honey...

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    1. We are both Sandra's. That's pretty cool. Have safe travels honey. I'm coming along. ♥♥♥

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  12. I'm a junior. Named after mom, Jean. Plain, simple.

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    1. Being named after you mom rocks. My mothers name was Justine. I always loved that name. :)

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  13. You know how I am about my anonymity on the Internet, but I will share that I was named after my grandmother. My mom wanted to name me Genevieve, but my dad & grandmother tagged teamed against her.

    When my mom was mad at me, she'd call me by my full name. When she was really, really mad, she'd call me my name and insert Genevieve as a middle name. I'd say, "Ma, that's not even my real name." I stopped doing that because it only made her madder. I was always in trouble as a kid.

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    1. I knew you wouldn't answer this, but that's okay. You are smart to remain anonymous. :)

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  14. I was supposed to be a boy--and named after my father. (They had a family name situation going on where I would have been the 7th or whatever.) When I was a girl, they chose Stephanie because it was a popular name at the time. I've looked it up and found a lot of people chose to change to Stevie or Stephie or even shake up the spelling with Stefany. I wish I'd been that creative!

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    1. I love your name Stephanie. What an interesting story. My son was supposed to be a girl so I know who that works out. :)

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  15. miss u girly!...muahh! xoxoxo :-)

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    1. Miss you too Angel. Big hugs. :)

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  16. Joseph after a great grandfather I think. My mom lost a very young sister Josephine.

    I believe it means "He who will be called Joe Smoe."

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    1. I don't think that last sentence is right Joe. I just don't think so. :)

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  17. My first name is Marcia. My mom picked it. She knew a girl in high school with the name and thought it was pretty. She also chose to spell it with a 'c-i-a' rather than with the ordinary 's-h-a' - as a result, I often get called Marsee-a instead of Marsha. Though it's a pretty variation, it irks me. :) As does the "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," teasing that was made famous on a Brady Bunch episode years and years ago and still gets play today. Ugh! :)

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    1. I went to school with a Marcia. Just like you. I never got her name wrong either. I can see the Marsha thing though. That was such a popular show. :)

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  18. Christine is my name, and I was named after the girl who lived next door to my dad. He just really liked the name.

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    1. I had an Aunt Christine. She was a very special aunt too. :)

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  19. I like the name Sandra.
    I have a couple of close friends with that name.
    Never knew it was a form of Alexander.
    Wonder if they know.
    I don't know how I got my first name, other than I would have been Michael if a boy or Michelle if a girl. For all of us kids they picked out a girl name & a boy name. My oldest sister would have been James instead of Jane. What fun!

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    1. It's way cool the way some of us were named. I've enjoyed reading everyone's responses. :)

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  20. My name is mimi and i'm the inner child, and i'm often a mess! Oh, and i guess you want to know about my real name -- i was named after my dad.

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    1. I love your name. I don't know about the mess part though. You seem very well put together to me. :)

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  21. First name April
    Just cause my Mom liked the name.

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  22. although I go by Ann according to my birth certificate it's Anna. I actually don't know why they chose that name other than 1)it's a saints name 2) it was my great grandmother's name and 3) my dad;s sister had that name and 4) my dad absolutely refused to allow my mother to name Antonette

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  23. Nice post, 'Sandra". Thank you (I really liked
    Sandra mean? Form of ALEXANDER. helper and defender of mankind - Gender: Girl - Origin: Greek -- THAT is SPECIAL !!!)

    I was born James. People called me Little Jim (Dad was (big-not said) Jim), Jimmy, and Jimmie. Dad's name was not James, it was Charles. But people called him 'Jim'. =))
    When I was older, too old to be Little Jim or Jimmy, Dad changed his printed name to C. Vernon (my middle name is also Vernon) but people who knew him still called him 'Jim'.

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  24. My mother often told me I was named after Ronald Reagan----she was a big movie fan of his about the time I came into this old world.

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  25. What's not my first name but you can call me that if you want.

    Seriously, Willis is my first name.
    It was my father's name and my grandfather's name (and some guy from Oakland who animated King Kong and Mighty Joe Young).
    It was my great grandfather's middle name.
    So I guess you could say it's been in the family for awhile.

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    1. My hubby's middle name is Willis, it came from one of his mothers deceased brothers, another family name!
      Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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  26. I was named Peter after my uncle-in-law.

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    1. I am so glad I asked this question. I've enjoyed reading all of the responses. :)

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  27. my mother wanted a to give my father a boy, and name me after him even tho I was born a girl! (Horrors!) the story I was told was my father thought up the name & the way it is spelled - Faythe - I have seen it spelt w/o the e at the end more often & the most common Faith way. I guess it means the same, someone who is faithful. I never met anyone who spells it the same, but by doing a search I have found younger people with the name, all women I presume. I think my spelling comes from a small town in Ireland or Scotland? and I am Polish & German decent, LOL!
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

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    1. How interesting. I love your name. I love how it's spelled too. :)

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  28. My mother's mother was Katherine with a K... German spelling. But when they came to America and she went to school she was teased due to the language barrier. They started to speak English in their house (sadly) and changed Katherine to Catherine to Americanize it. So my mother named me with a K. :)

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    1. How wonderful your mother left the K. I love this. :)

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  29. My proper name is Anthony & I hate it but like Tony. I wasn't named after anyone it was just because Mum & Dad liked the name

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    1. I like both, but you are definitely Tony. :)

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  30. My first name is Keith and I confess that I have no idea where it came from :)

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    1. Sometimes no one tells us where our names came from. Keith is a fine name though. :)

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  31. My name is Jason. My dad looked at the calendar and saw that July, August, September, October, and November spelled it out.

    From what I understand, it means "physician/healer" from the Greek yet it was a derivative of the Hebrew name Yehoshua (Joshua). Coincidentally, Yeshua is a shortened version of Yehoshua.

    Yeshua, of course, is Jesus' Hebrew name. Not that I have a messianic complex or anything. :P

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    1. What a wonderful history of your name,. I like it. :)

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