Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's In A Nickname?

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Choosing names for the Witherspoon children was always of the upmost importance because of their link to family on earth and amongst the spirits. It was out of honor and respect for those dear relatives, a walking reminder of the great men and women who came before them. Because of that, nicknames were not encouraged.

The oldest, Ernest Connor-Elijah Witherspoon the Sixth, needs never to explain where his name comes from. He goes by Elijah because Daddy goes by Connor.

Second born Phinneus Isaiah-Charles Witherspoon has the job of reminding everyone of both his grandmother's fathers and Daddy's great Uncle. He insisted on being called Isaiah after starting school due to the freaky coincidence of him being one of four kids named Phinneus in his class.

No, he doesn't like the name but he isn't allowed to say that around Grandmother Eugenia.

Speaking of her, third born and first daughter Jennifer Eugenia-Grace Witherspoon honors Mother's great aunt, Grandmother Eugenia, and Grandmother Angela Grace for whom Mother is named. In her early pageant days, she went by all three names. By the time she was ten, she was simply Jennifer.

Head spinning yet? Try walking a mile in these kid's shoes. 

And finally the youngest, Georges Patrick-Nikolaus Witherspoon was named in honor of Gram Eugenia's great uncle, grandfather and great grandfather.

Ummmm, what?

The mistake was in the sonogram. Maybe there was a smudge on the screen. Or maybe Georgie was giving them the low finger. Whatever it was, they all thought Georgie was going to be a boy. So there was a last minute scramble to feminized her name instead of going through the months long agonizing over deciding which female ancestor to name her after.

By the time she was three and a half, Georgie got tired of telling anyone who asked that her name was Georgianna Patricia-Nichole. So, much to the chagrin of Gram Eugenia, she started calling herself Georgie. Moira, her brothers, and her friends are the only ones who respect her decision. By the time Georgie learned the truth about her name, she figured she was in the right. Technically, her name is uniquely her own.

And she can do whatever she wants with it.

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