Monday, January 31, 2005

Biblical Names

My father had his own name issues. I gave my three sons Old Testament names. On the third, Isaac, he said, “Another name from the Bible, huh?” The implication was that I should have chosen a family name instead. I replied, “And just what is Michael?” He managed only a “Well...”

For himself, his parents had come from the tradition of naming children for relatives. Yet they gave their own three children a single first name and no middle name. He was Robert Ball. At 18, when he was able to petition the court on his own, he had a middle name added, Durkee. We are related to the herb and spice people. So he figured that was a good choice.

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