A NAME IS A NAME IS A NAME …
Daily Prompt: Say Your Name
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?
For some reason I ended up with three names … Robert Leo Richard. That’s what happens when you are the first son, grandson and nephew. The Richard I received because that was the name of the uncle who was my godfather. Soon after baptism this disappeared for ever. The Leo was there because that was my father’s name. Loved my father, but was never crazy about the name. Eventually it just became an L much like Harry Truman’s S. When any one asked, I would say it stood for LOVE.
But when you get right down to it, I was named for my Uncle Jerome.
He was christened Jerome Robert some twelve years before I was even conceived. No one knows why he was named Jerome. It’s not really a common name … especially in family tree with totally Polish roots except for a single French women named Julianna Etienne who was my grandmother’s grandmother. There was a Saint Jerome though …
… he was born back in 347 and his name at the time was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus. Hieronymus is a Greek name that means holy name but translates into English as Jerome. Thankfully, when my uncle was in grade school the nuns decided that no little boy should be stuck with a name like Jerome and they reversed his given name to begin calling him Robert J. instead. Equally thankfully by the time I came along to be his namesake, everyone knew him as Robert.And for a long time he was more like my big brother than my uncle …
So, that’s how I got my name. Oh, for a long time it was Little Bobbie, then Little Bob and eventually Bob, Robbie, Rob, occasionally Numnutz and for a very brief period, Hot Stuff. Also for a while when I had this thing for Batman, I thought about becoming Robin which is on the list of Robert’s diminutives . But like I said at the start,
and so will my Uncle Bob!
Though his children don’t know he’s really named Jerome.