Greg 'n Keetha Stuff

OK, let's be honest. This is really KEETHA stuff. Sometimes I write about Greg - - - but he has never in his life made one single post of his own. He has occasionally made a comment or two. So - - - come on in and visit with me, Keetha, for a while. I'd love it if you left your foot prints. (Interpretation: COMMENT PLEASE ;-)

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Earlier today I read something on someone's blog about a name. It got me thinking about unusual names.

Well - - - there's KEETHA for starters. I used to think I was the only one in the universe - - - - but lately I've googled my first name and been quite horrified at the results. Perhaps I am not as unique as I formerly thought.

Then there's my mother's family. The names of my mother and her siblings form a poem - - - just by listing them in chronological order. WHO does that??? Did they KNOW they WERE doing it, or was it an after discovery??? MOST of their names are WAY off the charts. Check it out:

Mamma, Papa, Ferol, Aileen,
Vetra, Guida, Doris, Verneen,
Beulah Mae, Clinton,
And Janet Doreen.


Anonymous cindy said...

How about Audro (they called him "Odd"), Maime, Hershel (Hersh), Winifred, Ione, just to name a few. Needless to say, I didn't name any of my kids after distant relatives!! Our daughter's name is Jana, and people think that's pretty strange...

1/09/2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger R House 2 Yours said...

Not way off, just previous generation. And way better than Mississippi or Moon Unit.

1/09/2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Cindy - - - - I've never heard of Audro, but the others I've at least heard.

Char - - - so, you've heard of Guida or Vetra???? I've only EVER heard of those two. I always figured they were German names since that is our heritage.

1/10/2007 4:04 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hmmm, maybe I could use on of those for our baby!

1/10/2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger Anon said...

Unusual names.....


I can't think of one off of the top of my head.


1/10/2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger R House 2 Yours said...

The best I can come up with from the Lombard family Bible is Eliphalet and Triphena. Thank goodness those names didn't show up after the 18th century. Then, there's Orlette from the 19th century. By the 20th century, the most unusual names were Oren and Nellie.

1/10/2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger R House 2 Yours said...

I don't know if I can say for sure I've known someone named Guida or Vetra, but I wouldn't have been surprised by them growing up. There were a fair number of families in our church with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and they used similar sounding names. We had a great-aunt Verdie, for example.

1/10/2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger Jim and Jaena said...

What to name one's child is a big decision. With a name like mine (Jaena, pronouned jane-uh) that everyone mispronounces and misspells, one would think Jim and I could have selected a "foolproof" name for our kids.

We opted not to use the family name: James Roscoe Womack IV and went with a "classic" Bible name: Elisha. Now people pronounce it eh-lish-uh and think he's a girl. Aaaaaaah!

1/10/2007 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Vickie said...

Keetha! Didn't have much time at school to read your blog but I am glad you are having fun with it! You are the best Middle School Science Teacher Ever! Thanks for being my friend! Vickie

1/10/2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Wow - - - Verdie WOULD fit right into our family.

Jaena, sorry people mispronounce Elisha. I understand about rejecting old family names for kids too - - - - our first son was "supposed" (according to one of Greg's grandma's) have either a Farrell or a Rudolph - - - or preferably BOTH in his name. We didn't do it either. And TRUST ME - - - I took HEAT from that Grandma for NOT using the names!!!

1/10/2007 4:04 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Vickie - - - thanks for coming to my little blog world!!! AND THANKS for all those wonderful compliments!!

1/10/2007 4:05 PM  
Anonymous cindy said...

Our daughter's name is pronounced Jan-uh and people always get it wrong, also. She gets called Jane-uh more often than not. I have a friend in Indiana that just had a baby boy, named him Elijah and she pronounces it like Elisha...keeps me confused, which doesn't take much!

1/10/2007 4:18 PM  
Blogger R House 2 Yours said...

Jaena, I don't blame you for not calling Elisha the 4th. John was supposed to be Richard William Derby IV. We didn't tell the grandparents that the baby was a boy until after he was born and the birth certificate was filled out.

As for those old testament prophets, I can't keep them straight either, but I remember that Elisha is Elisha (unless I forget and call him Aaron!).

As for Jana, there are several out here who pronounce their names the same way.

Jaena, you're the only Jaena I know, but your (sweet) mother-in-law made us get it right!

1/10/2007 8:10 PM  
Blogger Kim and Mike said...

Keetha....sorry this is off topic, but Marietta Record said to tell you hi and that she has tried to send you cards and they get returned to her. Our church just celebrated its 100th anniversary and she thought you would have liked to have been there. :)

Speaking of name isn't weird, (at least I don't think so), but it is spelled so that most people mis-spell it. It's Kimberley....most people don't notice the e at the end. Here's a funny name thing too....My dad's dad was Vernon, so my dad was named David Vernon and my brother, Kevin David. See how cool that is? It gets better....Kari married Brad DAVID (whose dad is DAVID) and they named their son Daniel DAVID. I married Michael DAVID. Kevin married Tara MARIE (I know it's not David, but our family uses "Marie" as a middle name for everything) and Tara's dad is DAVID. I guess we were all meant to be in the same family! :)

1/10/2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Kim - - - - please tell Marietta hello from me. Tell her I miss my "sisters" (of course I mean Ernestina and Marietta). Does she do e-mail and computer? If so - - - tell her how to find my blog. Also, feel free to give her my address: 1402 Eagle Lane, Marion 46952

I'm still rather in shock that you go to Kernersville Wesleyan.

Lots of Davids in your family!!!

1/10/2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger Keri said...

We got Mackinley's name from the family...but we changed the spelling a bit from McKinley. Now sometimes I wish we hadn't done that, because people are constantly calling him Mackinzey and thinking he's a girl.

1/11/2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger R House 2 Yours said...

People are idiots.

There, got that off my chest.

I won't tell you what they do with Derby. Seems to simple to mess up, doesn't it?

1/11/2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Keri - - - do you mean you hadn't changed the spelling, or that you hadn't named him Mackinley? I LOVE his little name!!!!

1/11/2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger Keri said...

Oh no I love his name too!!! Sometimes I just wonder if we should have stuck with McKinley instead of changing it.

1/14/2007 1:09 AM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Hmmmm - - - - well, lots of people change the spelling of a name to make it unique for their own child - - - - look at your OWN name!!! (Hehehehehehe) And Korie.

1/14/2007 5:56 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Some of my mother's family: Bertha Jewel, Dink, Alta Mae.

My father's name is Harold but he has been called by these names (depending on what period of life): Hal, Sam, Junior, Harry and Pete.

A guy in our office's family's first & middle names: Indiana Indianapolis, Vermont Montpelier, Washington Olympia, Florida Tallahassee and there are two others but I can't remember them... I will find out and update Tuesday when he is back in the office. I guess the parents wanted their children to know the states/capitals.

1/21/2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger Keetha said...

Doesn't Phil have a grandmother with a really funny name??? Seems Alex told us about it on that WI trip he took with us.

1/21/2007 3:52 PM  

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