Sometimes I feel like the only person who actually likes their name. I’ve never had, or wanted, a nickname or to be known as anything else. I don’t even like my name being shortened. Do I look like Han Solo to you?
Hannah. Its from the Hebrew meaning ‘favour’ or ‘grace’. Although to be fair, I’m not exactly a very graceful person. Mother of Samuel in the bible. Makes a lot of people think of a certain Disney show. I don’t mind though, I like the name. It’s my paternal grandmother’s name.
Nicole. Feminised form of Nicholas, from the Greek meaning ‘victor of the people’. St Nicholas was the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants – which seems like a strange combination but, whatever. Probably best associated with Nicole Kidman. It’s my maternal grandmother’s name.
There’s a naming tradition in my dad’s side of the family that the oldest child is named after the two grandparents. It’s been going back hundreds of years and I really like it, so if for some reason Ben and I have kids, I would totally use it. It would make my kids be called either ‘John Miles’ or ‘Judith Valerie’ – I really hope any first born I have is a boy… I can totally call a girl ‘John’ right? LOL