When I was a kid, I hated my name. I was the only, lonely Dana I'd ever heard of until I was in the 6th grade. And then I met a guy named Dana. According the "Name Your Baby" books, the literal translation of Dana was "Man from Denmark." (It's since been updated to "From Denmark. Heh.) Why didn't my mother name me something pretty and feminine like Jennifer?? (*winking at my many beautiful Jennifer friends!*)

As I grew and matured, I learned how I got my name and why. And now, I take great pride in my name!

My father was DAvid and my mother was DonNA. My mom took great pride in her creative way of naming her first born child. It took me a lot of years to appreciate that. ;-D

My middle name is Michelle. My mom was a huge Beatles' fan and she especially loved this song. This part of my name I always loved. ;-D

My surname (maiden name) is Ormond. I hated that name while I was growing up! My dad and his parents tried to tell me it was a name to be proud of... they had done the research and found that our original ancestral surname was Butler. They told some story about how this Butler dude was honored by the King of Ireland and changed our family name to Ormond. I didn't care back then, I thought my name was stupid and odd... I wanted to be Michelle Butler!! But since then, I've learned the history of my maiden name and I'm very proud to be a descendant of James Butler, Marquis of Ormond (1610-1688). ;-D

My married name is Whitmire. I know that it originated in Germany. I still don't know the full history yet but I do know that a descendant ended up in the mountains of western NC, marrying a young Cherokee woman and a couple of generations later, creating the man of my dreams and father of my children.

So what's in a name? I think it's exactly what you make of it - nothing less and nothing more!!!

I still get a huge kick out of googling my name, heh:


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Jun. 2, 2008 at 6:06 PM beautiful. you learned to appreciate your name. now let's hope my children do some day!!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM

I always always always hated the name Jodi. Even knowing that I was named after my fathers favorite sister. Well it wasn't until just a few years ago I learned just why she was my fathers favorite sister our of 6, and the amazing woman, sister, mother, wife and daughter she had been. Its truly an hour to be named after my Aunt Jo.

I think as kids we always want something different. But as adults we grow to appreciate the little things.

And for the record I think your name is purty!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 9:43 PM

i've always hated my name.  it's not me and it doesn't suit my personality.  it's stuffy and feels like an itchy white lace collar on a hot sunday at noon - before lunch.  and since it dropped like a rock on the popularity charts after august 28, 2005, i still don't like it much.  but at least everyone knows how to spell it.

but i'll take the kate any day.   

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:35 PM One of my bestest friends ever in highschool was named Dana (a girl, not a dude).  You know, your name totally suits you.  I always think "man from denmark" whenever I see your picture.

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Jun. 15, 2008 at 3:37 PM my daughter's name is Shannon. There was a little boy on our street  also named Shannon. One day he asked me why I named her a boy's name. I asked him why his mom named him a girls name. Then explained that it can be either.  

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