September 12th, 2003


Friday Five

From starstraf:
  1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?

    I've updated my birth certificate, so my name now matches, but if you mean the original BC, I was "Palmer Thomas Davis" and am now "Susan Palmer Davis."

  2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?

    Been there, done that. :-)

  3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)

    Our family naming pattern tends to be <old family first name> <name of another family branch> Davis. Originally, I was to have been named "Thomas Palmer Davis" -- "Thomas" for Mom's father, and "Palmer" for the Palmer branch, specifically my great great grandfather Garner Palmer. (So I can say that I was a tomboy when I was a kid with some truth. :-)) But at the time, we were living in the Nakomah neighborhood in Madison, WI, where all of the streets are named for Native American tribes. Toby Harshaw, one of the neighbors' kids, complained to my parents that it would be bad for me to be named "T.P." in such a neighborhood, so they switched it, and I had to grow up with the burden of an unusual name.

    My parents recounted the story, and pointed out the family naming pattern and how it applied to several other relatives, when I was 2 1/2 or 3 or so. From that, I somehow calculated that I would have been named "Susan Palmer Davis" if I'd been born a girl (Susan being my aunt), and the name has pretty much stuck since then. I wound up naming the kitten that I got for my third birthday "Susan", since I couldn't be Susan myself at the time.

  4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?

    Don't call me "Susie." No, really. I mean it.

  5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it?

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    "Limits imagination and vision?" We're clearly not talking about the same Susan! Other bits of it are eerily accurate, though, although it completely leaves out my tendency to be something of a loner, and to act independently.

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