With the arrival of Dino #2 in less than two months, Me and Mrs G have had to start thinking about names for the little one. I say start in the sense that we have already decided but it provides a nice little segue into this post. I favour the more obscure, like Loki or Stegosaurus, but family pressure means we have to go pre-Victorian. The main reason for giving them a slightly unique name is to make sure that when their name is called out in school they know it’s them.
At one point I was in a class of seven Matthews (due to the fact that in 1980 this was the most popular boys name in the UK) and to distinguish among ourselves we had to revert to surnames like we were a pre-teen version of Reservoir Dogs. It wouldn’t have been such a problem had Papa-G got my name right in the first place.
I shouldn’t have been a Matthew in two different ways. He got my original name wrong and then the spelling incorrect. I should have been an Andrew, that’s what Mother-G asked for, but when registering my birth he decided to go for Matthew instead. The only problem is that he didn’t know how to spell it, so he had to revert to asking others (and consulting a book – but not “that” book). This is why I have the common form of my name
It should have been with only one “T” though and for that I am grateful. Papa-G may have done a few things wrong in his life (like painting that door incorrectly) but if he had followed instructions and given me a mono-T then I would have had a lifetime of correcting phone operators. I wouldn’t have been able to have socks or key rings with my name on, I would have been one of those people who have a popular name that is “spelled weird”.
I’m glad I’m a Matthew, I think it suits me being “a gift from God” and with my middle name meaning “Ruler of Men” does fit in with the idea that I was born to rule the world (but first I shall work on ruling my own home – I shall fight the usurper Mrs G).
More importantly, has it really been eight years since The Ting Ting’s were the next big thing?
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Source: Say Your Name