This is the blog post where I explain my name! Now maybe I’ll just be able to tell people to look it up here instead of having to explain it in person…This post was brought about as a result of a Geneablogger Prompt. Geneablogger gives prompts to write from every day (from what I can tell) and in honor of National Women’s History month all of their prompts in March are related to the female members of our families. The prompt from March 3 says — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.
I say an enthusiastic YES to all of the above. My sisters and I are all named after grandmothers, or great-grandmother in my case. My great-grandmother was named Dorcas Overton Giles and apparently she used to call herself a DOG as a joke (because of her initials). When she got married she became Dorcas Giles Linch. Dorcas, or Dee, as everyone in our family called her, was still alive when I was born, but I still got her fabulous name. Dorcas Giles. Since Dee was still alive and they didn’t want to confuse little me I was, and still am unless I REALLY like you, called Giles. As a side note, being called Giles is especially entertaining when I visit the UK. They expect me to be a boy. 🙂 Anyway, I managed to make it through middle school and high school without permanent scars from a bit of name teasing. I made it all the way to college where I was performing in a musical and Shirley Jones was visiting the school and I happened to get to meet her. To make a long conversation short she told me to NEVER change my name. Dorcas Giles is so unique and my maiden name could sound exotic, depending on how anyone decides to pronounce it. So I kept it. I kept it ALL. Even after I got married to this guy from Michigan with tons of German heritage. I’ve got four names, which is incredibly confusing to my Master’s degree program advisors, but I love them. I just wish I had gotten to know my namesake a little better.