April 28, 2005

What's In A Name?

It's Thursday Three time, in which I get to fill the blog with content without working too hard. Oh right, there never is content that shows any work at all -- not even spell-checking.

1. What does your name mean—any connection to what you do or who you are?

My first name means "flowing down" or "descendant". I am definitely someone's descendant. My middle name, Caroline, is usually given the meaning of either "womanly" or "freeholder". I'm not sure about the latter meaning, but I'd say "womanly descendant" fits me pretty well as a whole name.

2. Any problems with your name? Do you wish it (either your surname or given name) was changed ?

There were never any stickers/shoelaces/miniature licenses plates with Jordana on them. Life has been most unfair. When I was three or four, I wished to change my name to Mary Suzy. Fortunately, I grew up to like my name just fine. Since I got married and changed my last name, I've rather enjoyed moving from the end of the alphabet to the beginning and from having to spell out both my first and last names to only having to spell my first name.

3. Were you named for someone? If so, whom?

My older brother. His name is Andrew Jordan. For some reason, when he suggested that they name me after him, it seemed like a good idea to my parents.

Bonus Question: Do you go by your first name, middle name, shortened form--(ex. Jim for James)--or by some made-up nickname?

I go by my first name. When I was little -- up until we named The Boy, in fact -- I was known to my family as George. When I was about 3, my parents had a friend who said Jordana was unpronounceable and so he was going to call me George. My parents hated it at first and then it stuck.


"I will love her and pat her and call her George!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 28, 2005 09:40 AM

My last name is Jordan (though I do that hyphen married name thing so I guess it is my middle name now) I passed it down to my 3rd son.

And my daughter's middle name is caroline.

So like, are we twins or what? she says in a giddy 10 year old girl voice ;-)

I have the most boring first name of all time, popular with both boys and girls.

Posted by: chris at April 28, 2005 02:13 PM

I had a friend in college named Daniel Jordan. I remember we had a long--joking!--conversation once about how we could never get married because I refused to be Jordana Jordan. And HE couldn't take my maiden name because my dad's name is Daniel too, and we couldn't have two Daniel Ashmans, now could we?

When I got married, my last name moved down the alphabet 11 letters. I'm still getting used to being in the middle of the list instead of at the top.

Posted by: Another Jordana at April 29, 2005 08:02 AM

I never considered that it would be hard to marry someone with the last name Jordan. Now Banana or Fontana -- those were the names I knew I had to avoid in potential boyfriends. Well, okay not that I actually thought too much about it. I didn't exactly have tons of people throwing out marriage proposals.

Posted by: Jordana at April 29, 2005 09:06 AM

I somehow suspect that your dad still calls you George! You know, in HS it took me about three months to figure out who he was talking about! I always loved that he called you that.

Posted by: Blair at April 29, 2005 06:07 PM