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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 kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn't it?

    Your first name of Susan has given you a pleasant, easy-going, friendly nature. Personal contacts are important to you. In situations where you are serving others, demonstrating or instructing, you have the patience to go into details that someone else may not think to be important. In your association with others, you are often limited to the more mundane happenings and little personal problems that can be so frustrating to those of an active, dynamic nature. You desire to create system and order in your environment but are inclined to become side-tracked and socialize when you should be working. Your ambitions are not large, as you lack confidence in your own abilities and would sooner not take a chance. You are often at odds with yourself, knowing what you should do, but finding it hard to find the initiative and will power to do it. Liking to plan and think ahead, you do not act impulsively and do not like to have your plans or routine interfered with. You seek the advice of others when making a decision and prefer to work for others, rather than carry the full responsibility yourself. This name limits imagination and vision.

    "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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Sep. 12th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
What if we secretly spell it Souxie?
Sep. 13th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
So you are totally Sue now ;-)

Congratz ;-)
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