Did she just call me “Penny Dollar?!”
Yes, having a name like Penny is sure to garner interesting nicknames. In high school, a friend came up with the name (meant to be a sweet nickname, mind you) of Pinhead. It caught on. As a matter of fact, it caught on so well that even my mom affectionately called me that! My husband Lon sometimes affectionately refers to me as Pendella.
I was always thankful I didn’t marry that boy in second grade with the last name of “Nickel.” My name then would have been Penny Nickel! Of course, I always had kids asking me in school if I was going to grow up and name my own kids Dime and Quarter.
My fifth grade teacher (and one of my favorite teachers, I might add) never did realize my name was Penny. That entire year, I was known as Peggy! 🙂
Lon has all sorts of misunderstandings about his name. We receive mail for Ian, Ron, Don, Ion, and Lom. I signed him up for the health fair blood draw and they had him written down as “Lawn.”
Speaking of silly names, I recently posted on Facebook a call for funny real-life names. A special thank you all of those who submitted names. And now, here is a sampling of those submitted…remember…these are all REAL names!
Dr. Paine (a real doctor – BTW, don’t think I want to go to him for treatment!)
Crystal Shanda Leer
Justin Other Mitchell (he was youngest in a long line of Mitchell children)
Dr. Relich (pronounced “Relish” and not to be confused with his relatives Dr. Mustard and Dr. Ketchup, LOL)
Dr. McClaws (a foot doctor)
Sunshine E. Day
and the sibling groups:
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Lake Trout and Brook Trout (twins perhaps?)
My daughters have always loved to name their baby dolls. My oldest daughter, Sunshine, named all her babies “Tia” when she was younger. My youngest daughter, Doodle, named all her baby dolls “Kelly” after her imaginary friend, Kelly, who lived in a yellow house, drove a yellow car, had yellow hair, and ate yellow cake.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing books is naming the characters. After all, I can’t let all those good names go to waste – names I would have used had I had 50 children!
I love nicknames, and no, I don’t even mind being called Penny Dollar or Pinhead once in awhile. However, my favorite name? The name the Lord calls me – He calls me “His.”
For other humor posts, be sure to click on the purple hippo above or check out my other recent humor post Extreme Bathroom Makeover.