What's in a Name?
A rose by any other name will smell as sweet. - Romeo and Juliet
If you had a choice, would you choose the name you carry now? I know my boys will have second thoughts. Because the ones we gave them all spell and sound close to each other, that even I get confused. (There should be a mini lesson on how to choose the name for your child.)
I'm not sure Mom would. She never really used her baptismal name except for legal documents. She preferred her nickname Ningning which meant "shine." And I thought that was more accurate because her heart shone inside and outside of her family and community.
In the thirties until she died in 2012, I'm not sure she knew the origins of her name. Later, I learned it was one of her aunt's name. (Didn't our parent's generation choose names of their children from older relations? Much like royalty. I guess that's the closest we can get to that bloodline. :D)
Mom's name is Brigida. I googled a few months ago and found that there is a St. Briget of Sweden whose feast is celebrated on her birthday, October 8. If Mom knew this, I'm sure she would have been thrilled.
But then, it doesn't matter. Because a rose by any other name will smell as sweet.
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