What's in a name?  

chiparoux 50M
19 posts
8/12/2005 5:33 am

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What's in a name?

Oh, so you think you can just pop in here and ask a question like "What's your name?" and escape without a story? Not likely ~ I'm a Southern boy, after all. So, per the finest of Southern traditions, here 'ya go ~ a proper introduction....

Fact is, my real name is "Chip," and I've been called that all my life. But it almost didn't happen that way. My mother was a big fan of the name "Chuck," and wanted to name me that, which I'm glad didn't happen, because I am really a Chip in every way imaginable.

One thing though ~ Had I actually turned out to be "Chuck," there was a prophecy that I would have been a major world religious figure. But to understand that, you need some of my family history.

Okay, first the reality, then the legend.

My father's name is "William Ailsworth," and he is the third with that name in the family line. Mom thought being the fourth sounded a bit stuffy, and so spared me that name (Later, I had a pet Black Angus bull I named "Ailsworth," so that name did continue ~ until we ate him).

Instead, I'm named for my paternal grandfather's two brothers ~ Charles and Warren ~ and was nicknamed Chip from day one. A couple things about these two guys: Charles's middle name was "Friend," and I've always thought that was cool; and when Warren was young, their Depression-era family was so poor, they had to give him away to a rich family. That family subsequently lost all of their money, but later, Warren got rich again by his own accord ~ and then lost all of his money, too. This prompted Warren to coin what has since stood as my family's unofficial motto ~ "Up like a hopper-grass ~ Down like a shit-ass." Catchy, huh?

Now for the legend of might have been.

Still working on my father's side, I have two Aunts, but relative to how I got my name, it's the older of the two we need concern ourselves with.

Two things about her ~

*She's very religious. (The fire-and-brimstone Southern Baptists around here weren't conservative enough for her, so she and her husband started their own church.)

*She's crazy. (Sometime in her 30s she reverted in her mind to her high-school days. She dressed in teenager clothes, had an affair with a much younger boy, and was briefly institutionalized and given electro-shock therapy, which wasn't quite as well-understood or well-administered back then as it is now.)

Well, my Mom and my Aunt were pregnant at the same time, with me being expected a bit before my cousin. At some point my Mom let everybody in the family know that if I turned out to be a boy, she intended to name me for my great-Uncles, and call me "Chuck." Problem was, my Aunt also liked that name, so a bit of a family squabble ensued over naming-rights.

Then one night, my Aunt has a dream. And, in that dream, God spoke to her, and told her she was going to have a male child, and she should name that child "Chuck." I'm sure you can imagine the impact this revelation has in the family.

Mind you, my side of the family is not all that religious, but neither was my mother going to stand in the way of prophecy ~ if the "second coming" was on his way and was to be named "Chuck," who was she to stand in the way? (Naturally, you couldn't have two kids so close together in the family both go by the same name ~ not to mention all the confusion that would have caused in subsequent religious texts.)

So, when June came around, and I arrived on the scene, I was named "Charles Warren," and nicknamed "Chip." Then, in August, my cousin, "Sharon," was born. And ever since, I've always wondered whether God was lying to my Aunt, or just has a real sick sense of humor.

deliciousngood 65F
1666 posts
8/14/2005 8:53 am

Did you ever call Sharon "chuck" just to be funny?

chiparoux 50M
30 posts
8/14/2005 1:16 pm

Ya know, D'lish ~ I've never even asked her if she heard the same story as I did. Chances are, I'd suspect she hasn't.

sheplayswell 56F
5 posts
8/18/2005 2:12 am

Interesting story. Made me laugh.

My mother is one of 9 kids. She is named Jonie (pron. Johnny) and her twin was named Jimmy. Then her younger brother was named James. I guess they just got tired of namin' them and got stuck on the Js for the last 3.

The others have "normal" names.
boys: Sunny Ray, Sammy, and as mentioned Jimmy and James.
girls: Mildred, Geraldine, Eveline, Linda (nicknamed Lillerai) and my mother Jonie

It's even funnier if you know their last name. It's a common girl's first name.


MsLoveRose 34F  
2432 posts
8/23/2005 9:17 am

today the history of the chiparoux...thats funny!!

live more, laugh often, love much

rm_Oasisgirl11 42F
19 posts
6/22/2006 5:21 pm

You make people laugh, that's good!

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