Friday, January 01, 2010

What's in a name ...

... That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

While the Bard of Avon would probably be surprised to learn his phrase is being used to justify afro-centric names like La'Homa and Inakqa Sativa... I have to admit that it is only recently that I have started to endear myself to my very own moniker. I've hated my name for as long as I can remember; Katrina. Of course that damn hurricane didn't help matters either.

I guess that is why I take names, or rather stupid names, so personally. I get very angry at women who give their children horrible names like Chastity Champagne or Fancie Porshe. Seriously, did you put the stripper pole on your registry or at least wait until they are crawling?

I don't suppose today's rant has any specific purpose; other than to point out that tonight I found another reason to like my name a little more ...

Kat: 1) the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant. 2) a heavy metal thrash band formed in 1979 in Katowice, Poland.

14 comments:

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse said...

I read a true (honest I;m sure it was true) story about a mother who named her twins orangejello (o ron jel lo) and lemonjello (leh mon jel lo).

And another whon named her lovely offspring with an Irish name (I think it was black Irish) "shih tade", spelled shithead. (I hope that passes any filters you have)

Happy New year to you

John

USMC 9971 said...

Well, I think that Katrina is a wonderful name. Katrina is a derivative of my daughter's given name and my mother's middle name, and it is also the name of my daughter's favorite aunt. The meaning of the name is "pure", and who could ever forget "Katrina and the Waves", or the very fetching Katrina Van Tassel in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

Further, the definition that you provided isn't really all that bad, either. It's basically saying that prolonged contact with you may provide the effect of a euphoric stimulant, and that musicians in Poland were so taken with you that they decided to name their band in your honor. What's so wrong with that?

Keep in mind that you could be on the other end of the spectrum and have an extremely common name. My name is Joe, and there are usually at least four people turning and looking when someone says my name in public. It's like when a little kid says, "Dad!"; half the men in the room look around to see if they are being addressed. And let's not forget the lovely "Joe Six-Pack" and "Joe Schmuckatelli" euphemisms.

I can understand the hurricane issue, although that could not have been known when you were born. My sister-in-law, however, still goes a bit off the handle whenever that is mentioned.

Smiley said...

I dont even want to bore you with the consequences of having a Western name in India which is a non-biblical name.
I lvoe my name now as there is no saint bearing my name so i guess i have to make it to sainthood so that more lil boys get my name. Ah the task

Old Bob said...

I think Katrina is a lovely name too; it's a derivative of Catherine, so think of Catherine of Alexandria (one of Joan of Arc's heavenly guides) and Catherine of Siena, who had the courage to tell popes what to do. One of my dearest friends is named Kathryn; we met in 1962.

Angela M. said...

When I say the name Katrina it makes me think of little bells ringing - it has a sparkling sound!

Adrienne said...

You definitely qualify as a 'euphoric stimulant"...which is a good thing.

Jane said...

When I was a child, I knew a little girl named Katrina. I was always jealous because she was very pretty and her name was just slightly exotic.

My name (not Jane in real life) is just an ordinary noun in the language from which it derives, doesn't translate prettily into any other language, has no easily-derivable nicknames, and isn't the name of any saint. It's simple, but also commonly misspelled and mispronounced. I'd happily trade with you!

Terry Nelson said...

How about Trina van Tassel? Maybe you could get your old job back.

KIDDING! I'm sooooooo kidding!

gretchen said...

My youngest daughter was in the hospital last month and one of the nurses was on the phone with a hospital employee named Philistine.

I thought she'd said she was going to call "Phyllis Dean" and I asked, "Who is Phyllis Dean?" to which the nurse replied, "No, her name - her first name - is Philistine..." Yikes. Poor thing.

Katrina is a beautiful name.

laurazim said...

The governor of Louisiana at one time, a Mr. Hogg, named his daughters "Ima" and "Yura". True story.

Then there was the plaintiff on Judge Joe Brown way back when named Aquinetta. I wonder what kind of hair spray her Mama used.

Also...the security word here--"Jityipp"--which, in some circles, could in fact be a suitable name for one's first born son. Thankfully, I do not live in that particular circle......

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I like the name :)

Lola said...

I always hear "Walking on Sunshine" when I hear your name!

Kinda skippy. A cutest version of Katherine. But not a juvinile version, a FUN version.

You can always come up with an alter ego, like, a pasty prudish teetotler with whatever whitebread name you like. But why would you do that?

Patm said...

I happen to like Katrina.

But you can change it to Kateri and it's almost the same.

Mimi said...

I also happen to like Katrina (H/t Patm)