Names are interesting and now days when one has a baby; I hear they look up the meaning of the name before naming the child. We name our babies after a deceased person that we loved in life. My son is named after my deceased father who passed on while I was carrying my baby boy. My dad’s name was Joseph Bernard Sohmer and I named my baby Jeffrey for Joseph because way back then, we used more modern names. Now the young parents are naming the children Bible names and old fashioned names like Benjamin, Isaac, Jacob, Rachel and Sarah. I spoke to a person at Verizon and he told me his name was Isaiah. One movie star named her boy Israel.
I was named after my Mom’s deceased mom who passed on before I was born. Her name was Eta and my Mom Americanized it to Elita. I was always envious of the names my friends had, rather than unusual name like mine. Also, I could never buy a necklace or bracelet with my unusual name. When I was about twelve, the manner of engraving all names on a piece of costume jewelry appeared and I got a charm bracelet with my name engraved on it, along with mom and dad and brother and my two aunts who gave me a few dollars to have their names Sarah and Jenny on a charm hanging from this special sterling silver charm bracelet.
When I hit 18, I began to like it, because all the girls had regular names and I, as Elita could call anyone up and say my first name and I was known. I was now like Cher, Madonna, Ann Margaret, Tallulah ( a columnist),Marilyn (Monroe), Ava (Gardner-actress), Shirley (a brilliant child actress),Lucy (Lucille Ball, a comedian-actress), Marie (Osmond),Margaret (O’Brien child actress), and a score of people with one name or they were known by their first name. So I loved it when I said this is Elita and voila it was great.
I went out with a guy named Merle, that was too feminine a name for me to go with, a guy named Kelly and that had been a girl’s name, a guy Wilfred which was too unusual for me. I was lucky when Jerry called me, his middle name was fine for a middle name, but I might have declined going out with him for Harris being a first name, I loved it for the mid name. My dad was known as JB for his first two names which were Joseph Bernard. Mom and the relatives called him Joe. My brother Herbert was called Sonny for many years by relatives, I do not know why and he rebelled when he was called Sonny by the relatives. I had a cousin Marjorie and everyone called her Midge and she finally expelled that from their vocabulary. My own first niece was called Barbie and now she is a psychiatrist, a grandmother and I am the only one allowed to call her Barbie, but I will have to stop the next time I speak with her.
So names mean a lot and meanings mean much to the beholder too. My name, first is Esther, second Elita and I was called Elita as my grandmother was called by her second name. It means in Spanish Estrelita (song named after it) little star.
So I will close as Little Star and be content at 81 just to be here and to be called any of the above.
Enjoy your name or names and be vigorous, vivacious, victorious, vim filled, vitality used ,vibrant ,and like my Mom, a woman of valor (we put that on her gravestone.) Elita Sohmer Clayman