Today I am linking up to one of my favorite RI Bloggers, Carla at All Of Me Now. Carla recently started a series called Mom Before Mom that asks mothers to write about who they are/were before becoming "mommy" and I have challenged myself to join in the fun!
According to my mom, my name was chosen because she wanted a name that was old fashioned and not trendy.She didn't know of anyone with my name and apparently she received a lot of funny looks and comments for picking a name so grandma-ish.
My dad liked the name Elizabeth and she loved Sarah so I became Sarah Elizabeth.
I laughed at my mom the other day for telling me that she picked my name because no one else had it because there were always other Sarah/Sara's in my class or at work with me.
Her answer to this is that she started the trend.
And I don't doubt her.
I've never hated my name, but I can't say that I loved it growing up. I did hate that I didn't have an automatic nickname like most of my friends. My mom and some family would call me "Sarah-Barah," my childhood best friend referred to me simply as "Sa," and my grandfather always called me "Sadie." I never knew why he called me Sadie until I was an adult and learned that it is actually a very common nickname for Sarah! Who knew?! I kind of wish Sadie would have stuck so that I wouldn't have had to be called Sarah H or Little Sarah or some variation of my name/last name because that totally annoyed(s) me.
I won't lie and tell you that I never wished for a name like Amber or Tiffany or Kelly, but I am thankful that my name never embarrassed me or caused me any grief. I am so glad I grew out of that stage and into my name.
Yes, I was obsessed with Saved by the Bell. I'm not ashamed to admit it :)
For years I could never find paraphernalia with my name on it and as a kid, that was very frustrating. I didn't get a license plate with SARAH on it until I was much older. I might even still have it somewhere in my basement! I loved the book Sarah Plain and Tall because it was about a girl with my name (and bonus, I have an autographed copy since my grandfather was a professor of the author!) AND because Sarah was spelled the right way.
Uuuuugh, to this very day it frustrates me that I have to spell my name for people or say, "Sarah with an H" so that they don't put me down as a Sara.
I am thankful for my name. Even though it is not even close to being a unique name (one of my very dearest friend's shares my name....she just doesn't spell it right and I feel bad for her. Hehe.), it has grown with me and I have grown with it.
It's simple and classic. The exact things I look for in naming my children (although this poor baby still has no name!).
I'd love to hear how you got your name too! Be sure to share your story in the comments!
P.S. My name always had the best meaning...PRINCESS. Can't beat that :)