Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 126

The Navy Chief noticed a new seaman and barked at him, "Get over here! What's your name sailor?"
"John," the new seaman replied.
"Look, I don't know what kind of bleeding-heart pansy crap they're teaching sailors in boot camp nowadays, but I don't call anyone by his first name," the chief scowled. "It breeds familiarity, and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my sailors by their last names only; Smith, Jones, Baker, whatever. And you are to refer to me as 'Chief'. Do I make myself clear?"
"Aye, Aye Chief!"
"Now that we've got that straight, what's your last name?"
The seaman sighed. "Darling, My name is John Darling, Chief."
"Okay, John, here's what I want you to do ....."

There are all these name experts and meanings for names and personalities that supposedly go with certain names and it really begs the question what's in a name?

Do you take on the supposed personality of the name just because someone chose your label, or did the name Gods know what spirit you had and insert the name in your parents mind on purpose? Do you grow into your name, or does your name grow into you? This is really far too heavy a topic to talk about here and must be referred to a drunken round table discussion at a later date. I can see a very philosophical Jim Beam session in the not-too-distant future. HOWEVER, for the purposes of today I thought I would check out the meaning of Leanne just to see what species I belong to.

According to http://www.meaning-of-names.com/ Leanne means "gracious plum". I guess I can be a bit gracious, but a plum? What does that mean?! Derek on the other hands means "famous ruler" (well he's famous in our house), Darby means "free man" (which we knew - it's why we named him that) and Tahlia means "morning dew" (which we also knew - she was born at dawn).

According to http://www.babynames.com/ and http://www.behindthename.com/ Leanne has no meaning other than to be a combination of Lee and Anne. How fascinating. Darby on the other hand has something to do with a deer park according to those two sites. Derek again means "people ruler" and Tahlia is once again "morning dew" and Hebrew in origin.

According to http://www.thinkbabynames.com/ Leanne is a variant of Leanna which in Latin means lioness. Well, that would explain my pesky mane! Darby means "without envy" or "deer park" (what's up with this bloody deer park?!), Derek means "power of the tribe" (well, he has the power of this particular tribe that's for sure ... but if you ask him he'll say the tribe has the power over him), and Tahlia does not exist on that site except in the masculine form "Tahl" which means ... yep ... morning dew.

Ok enough of that. Let's get to the real stuff. What is my name personality? For that you go to http://www.urbandictionary.com/ where it seems anyone in the world can write a definition and post it and it becomes truth! Because, the internet after all is always 100% correct. I have copied it below spelling errors and all ...

"A name normally given to only the most gorgeous of girls. A generaly music and party lover. She is a very determined person and wont stop until she gets what she wants. She loves to laugh, and people who can make her laugh. Normally a person who has a great sense of style and knows what looks good.She is a great friend and loves the company of others; however she does not like to be rushed into things and likes to do things her way. Like many other girls 'leanne's like guys to make the move. She likes to feel protected and loves cuddles."

Hmmm. I like that one! What do you think? It sounds quite a bit like me don't you think? Ego stroking and all that. There is also a reference on this site in the header area to Leanne being "slut and whore". Hmmm. Not so ego stroking. Then there is a second posting ...

"Leanne is very prude and doesnt fall for many boys but when she does she gets obsessive. This girl is the most beautiful of them all. This girl has a thing for boys named john. She is the nicest person you will ever meet and is friends with everybody. She loves when people look up to her. Most of the time born in the city (philadelphia). Gets straight A's in school, or gets promoted in work. One to wait for the right man. and most of all, falls for boys by the name of JOHN."

A bit prudish actually. Yep. John was my one true love before I outgrew him and found my Derek. Interesting. I've been to Philadelphia but wasn't born there. Born in Melbourne actually (still a city). Didn't get straight A's but was in all the A level classes. Yep, had lots of promotions at work. I can be obsessive about some things, but usually not about my men (much to Derek's dismay).

I think I like this one though:

"from the turkish meaning, little princess. it is a name commonly used and is given only to the most precious of people!"

That is totally contradicting itself. There are obviously a shit-load of precious people in the world worthy of the common name. But I like the princess bit. Yes, I am a princess. We'll keep that one.

What's in a name? Probably not a lot but this little investigation took an hour from my life that will never be returned.

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