What's in a Name? {Link-Up!}

It's finally time! Today is the day that we are getting together to chat about our names. How did we get our names? What do our names mean? What do we think of our names? Anything and everything about your first name (or middle or last if you want to go there), is fair game! Are you ready?

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I suppose it's my turn to share now. My name is Miranda Mae. (Howdy, y'all!)

The Naming Process
As far as I know, my parents had a fairly easy time picking out a name for me. When my mom was a teenager, she babysat two little girls, and one of them was named Miranda. She said she just loved the name from the first time she heard it. I'm not sure how much say my dad had in the naming process, but knowing him and his personality, he probably would have been okay with naming me anything my mom wanted. My mom was a fan of names that were more on the unique side, and Miranda wasn't a very common name in 1989. It is more popular today, but I don't think it's ever even made it into the "top 100 names for girls" that comes out every year or so. I'm perfectly okay with that.

The Meaning
According to multiple sources, the primary (Latin root) meaning for the name Miranda is "worthy of admiration." I would be lying if I said that I didn't like that definition, but at the same time, I don't want to come across as conceited, ha ha.

The most common thought related to the word Miranda probably ties to the "Miranda Rights" here in the old US of A. These are the rights that people are read when they are arrested, which include the advising of constitutional rights such as the right to have an attorney. Because of this, multiple conversations in my life have went like this:
Me: Hi, I'm Miranda. Nice to meet you.
Person: Oh, Miranda? Are you going to read me my rights?

Urban Dictionary (just for a fun source) says that "Miranda's are very eclectic. She can be extremely intelligent, outgoing, sweet, talented, outdoorsy, stylish, and gorgeous all at the same time. A Miranda cares deeply for others. She is a thoughtful friend and supportive in nature. She does have a temper, and is impatient. Also, Miranda's are determined and often called "stubborn." She can fit into many roles in life, but is happiest when helping others. She is a strong leader." Well, thanks Urban Dictionary. Ironically, I agree with a lot of these. But I also disagree with several.

The Nicknames
Gosh, I have a lot. My oldest, most timeless nickname, that will always stick around is "Randa." My family calls me that, and those close to me refer to me as that the majority of the time. Randa Pooh was my childhood nickname, because I had a pudgy Pooh Bear belly, ha ha. Other nicknames that still pop up every now and then include Ran, Rand'r, Randy, Mirand, Ran Ran, Mirmae, and Rand. My funniest nickname ever? My-rear-end-uh.

Funny Name Stories
Going back to the Miranda Rights topic, when I was a senior in high school, we had a weekly quiz for American Government. The teacher would call out the definition, and then we would write the answer down on our paper. The teacher asked, "What rights are people eligible to receive when being arrested?" The classroom got really quiet, then a kid yells across the room to me, "Hey Miranda! How do you spell your name?" Winner.

People apparently have a really difficult time distinguishing the difference between Amanda and Miranda. To this day, I am called Amanda on a daily basis. The sad thing is I've just learned to ignore it because it gets so annoying having to correct the mistake. Someone here at work even replied to one of my emails once calling me Amanda, when my name was right there in the address bar. Sad times.

The Middle Name
My middle name, "Mae," is very dear to me as well. It was actually the middle name of two of my great-grandmothers, so it worked out perfectly. I like Mae because it is old-fashioned, and the name "Miranda Mae" together sounds kind of country, which is a tribute to my small town roots. The name seems to be of French origin, and most definitions seem to tie into something to do with the "fifth month of May." I did see a few definitions of it meaning "bitter," though, but I'm going to ignore that! Ha ha.

Overall, I absolutely love my name. I feel like it's fitting, I get a lot of compliments on it, and I like that it's still fairly unique. I don't remember ever going through a phase of wanting to change my name, or wishing that it was different. My parents must have done a pretty good job, because my name, and my brother's (Dakota Cole) always seem to be well liked!

I cannot wait to read your posts and find out everything about you and your name! I believe that they can say a lot about us when we begin to look into them and appreciate them for what they are.

Thanks for linking up!

leelee said...

Amanda is nothing like Miranda. That stinks that people can't learn your name. In my case, they know my name but not how to spell it, which is equally frustrating.

Elizabeth at Southern Finesse said...

Is it bad my first 'Miranda thought' was for Sex and the City and not Miranda Rights? haha

I can't believe people switch up Amanda and Miranda, how odd! Although I know how you feel about people messing up your name. I can't count the number of times people automatically call me Liz after I introduce myself as Elizabeth.

Kelli @She Crab Soup said...

I love Miranda! I guess the "anda" on the end of Amanda and Miranda gets people confused?

Stephanie said...

Miranda Mae is such a prett name!

Pleas(e) and Carrots said...

bahaha My-rear-end-uh.. omg! And man I bet people just think they are so clever with the Miranda rights! I love your middle name Mae, so pretty!

Sam said...

I LOVE the American Government story! Hahaha

Your name really is unique! I have never met anyone by that name before. And the fact that your middle name is Mae is amazing because that is such a southern thing.

Loved linking up! Can't wait for more in the future :D

A Thousand Words said...

I love Miranda Mae, co cute! Such a cute link-up!

Helene in Between said...

oooh i love your name- middle name too! names are so interesting to me, this link up is a great idea!

Sarah said...

I've always loved the name Miranda! It's unique but still common enough that you don't have people saying it wrong. :)

Gina Bares said...

I love your name. It's really pretty. The stories of your name are pretty funny. Thanks for sharing and hosting the link up!

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