WordPress Daily Prompt 11 March: What’s In A Name?

What is your middle name? Does it carry any special meaning/significance?


I haven’t done one of these for a while so here goes. My middle name is Eileen, it was also my mother’s middle name and presumably that’s why I have it.

Except that both mum and I had Eileen as our first name on our birth certificates. Mum was born on Christmas Day 1921 so she was to be named Carol Eileen. The story goes that my grandfather was so flustered by the birth of his fifth child, who announced her arrival as my grandmother was cooking goose for Christmas dinner, that he put the names the wrong way round. Mum was always known as Carol though.

My story is more mundane. I don’t know if I was named Eileen Vanda on purpose or not. I was always known as Vanda but I used to get annoyed at school because when I was asked my middle name other kids would often ask “Can I call you Eileen instead?” This annoyed me intensely; it was as if they didn’t like my name. I think Eileen is a nice name but I liked Vanda and didn’t want to give it up. So, the answer was always a resounding “No!”

The final straw came when I went to apply for my first passport. I was told that it would be issued in the name of Eileen and that would be my official name. “Oh no you don’t.” I thought and went off to officially change my names around by deed poll. I think it only cost a couple of dollars back then. It was probably unnecessary really but I was just fed up with the whole Eileen thing by then. So now my middle name is officially Eileen and nobody ever asks about it.

Photo by Ethan Wilkinson on Pexels.com


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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