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Re: OT-Reverse sexism< Ms. Mrs.

Thanks, Kitty.  I have always felt more like a Martha - good, homely name. 
Never felt I could live up to the exotic image I was always given of my 
mother.  When they named my half-sister Martha, I really felt displaced.
Many years ago I was a librarian for the Air Force.  The officer in charge of 
my unit was named John - can't remember his last name.  He had been married 
twice and had a son by each wife named John Jr.  I felt that was the most 
ego-centric thing I had ever heard - suited the personality, too.

In a message dated 01/29/2003 7:48:45 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:

> >>Interesting that your name was changed.  I was first given the name of
> >Martha
> >>Grace, but when my mother died when I was 5 months old, they gave me her
> >>name.  Then, wouldn't you know, twenty years later my father had another
> >>daughter with a second wife and named her Martha.  I always felt she had
> >my
> >>name.
> I like your name too - distinctive - and under the circumstances a precious
> treasure from your mother.  The reason they changed my name was because the
> priest refused to baptize me Kitty.
> My brother-in law has 2 sisters named Roxanne.  The older one was given up
> for adoption.  Several years later his parents had another daughter and,
> still liking the name gave it to that one too.  Many years later R-1 looked
> up the family and she was welcomed whole-heartily.  R-1 and R-2 don't seem
> too upset about it.

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