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Re: OT-Reverse sexism< Ms. Mrs.


Kitty,

          Your story about the two Roxannes is fascinating.  I didn't
realize until a few months ago, when I was reading a biography of Liberty
Hyde Bailey, that it was common practice in earlier times to name the next
child the same as one who had died earlier in infancy.

          I have been spending a lot of time lately studying the histories
of various plant names.  From the discussion today,  it struck me that in
the same way that our identities and perceptions of ourselves are
intricately intertwined with our names, so the names of plants have much to
do with our perception of them.


Josh Haskell

Zone 5, and above freezing for a moment today



----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT-Reverse sexism< Ms. Mrs.


> Auralie,
>
> > > 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.
>
> Kitty
>
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