Prompt #1: How did you get your name? Did you always love it? Have you ever wanted to change it?
I’m lucky enough to have my Mom sitting next to me for this first prompt. Apparently, she chose my name because I was the wrong sex and she needed to come up with a name before she left the hospital. She thought I was going to be a boy (never had an ultrasound) and I was supposed to be “Jonathan Howard” (after my grandpa who Jackson ended up being named after). My Mom’s name is Joann, hers is Joan, so I guess the next logical move was adding an “a” to Joann.
Once I was born, a girl, she wrote down some name options on a hospital napkin. Joanna. JoAnna. Johanna. She finally settled on Joanna and when they asked for a middle name, she called my paternal grandmother who informed her that her middle name was Lee. On that September day, I became Joanna Lee.
I’ve always liked my name but I did get bummed when I wanted personalized pens/placemats/you name it and they only had “Joanne.” I don’t think it was an adult until I really appreciated it. I love feeling close to my Mom and Gaga with our similar names. I actually tried very hard for Sidney Ann to be Sidney Joan but my husband said no. I’ve never wanted to change it, but my last name did change in elementary school when I was legally adopted by my Mom’s husband. My initials stayed the same though: JLD to JLD.
I’d love to read how you got your name, leave a comment with your story or link up over at Carla’s!