One of my Rhody blogging friends, Carla at All of Me…Now, has started a fun project for 2013 called Mom Before Mom. The idea is to tell the stories of life before motherhood, the stories which have made us who we are. As Carla says, “So much of memory keeping is focused on capturing our children’s experience but what of our own? Who will capture the mother’s journey as a woman? Who will honor our journey if we don’t honor it first?”
I loved the idea and wanted to join in… even though I’m not a mother yet. I’ve always loved hearing about my Mom’s life before she married my Dad and had children, so I thought joining in on this project would be a fun way to record things about myself for my future children.
Here is prompt #1: How did you get your name? Did you always love it? Have you ever wanted to change it?
I love my name. To me, it’s simple and classic, and I like that combination in a name.
I don’t know if I have always loved it, but I don’t remember ever wishing I had a different name. I’ve always liked that although my name is rather common, I’ve never met a ton of other people who share my name, especially people my own age (although, ironically, my best friend growing up was also named Jane. We called ourselves “Jane Squared”).
As far as why I’m named Jane, this is the story as I know it (my Mom can chime in in the comments if I’m missing something!): While I wasn’t necessarily named after Jane Austen, my Mom loved her as an author, and also loved her name. One day while my parents were driving, before my Mom was even pregnant with me, she said to my Dad, “If we ever have another girl, what do you think of the name Jane?” My Dad said he loved it, and that was that. When I eventually arrived, that was my name. My middle name is Hillary, and I’m not really sure about its origins. I believe my parents simply liked the name and thought it fit nicely after Jane.
Most everyone in my family calls me Janie, as do Brian and some of my close friends, but to hear someone I barely know call me Janie just sounds weird. I think the only other nickname I’ve ever had is Jet – that’s my Dad’s nickname for me. Oh, and for reasons unknown to me, my nephews Alex, Ben and Henry call me Dudley!
Brian and I already have names picked out for when we have children. I think they are simple and classic, just like my name, and I hope someday our future children can say they love their names, too!
P.S. Like my Mom, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. 🙂
Read the name stories of some of my fellow bloggers here!
Where did your name come from?