Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What's in a name?

The most recent post got a comment asking about Isa's name and I realized that I've never actually blogged on that particular topic. So here goes.

Her full first name is Isadora. After my grandmother passed away, my mom and I went through her desk and found a bunch of old family photos (all the way back to tin types!). There were several photos of my grandmother's grandmother, who was named Mary Isadora. I loved the name instantly. Doesn't hurt that I'm also a dance enthusiast and Isadora Duncan was an icon in the world of dance.

Originally I made her nickname-to-be "Isa-boo". But then I found out that Rachel Ray's dog is named Isa-boo. Um... that was out. But our last name starts with B and since the vast majority of my friends in high school and college called me Katie B (rarely just Katie), it seemed appropriate for Isa to become Isa B. And it stuck. There was actually a time a few months after coming home when she wouldn't respond to Isa or Isadora. Isa B only.

I did retain her Ethiopian name as her first middle name and added Mary as a second middle name. My grandmother, my mother, and I are all the first born daughters with the first name Mary. I didn't want Isa to have to use her middle name like I do (total pain in the arse), but I thought it was important that she was a Mary as well.

Oh- one last thought on her name. I pronounce it Izza but I don't mind at all if folks say Eessa (the way it would be pronounced in Spanish, for example). Call her Isa, Isa B, Isadora, Iz. Just DON'T call her Izzy. For some reason, I absolutely abhor that particular nickname. :)

7 comments:

Kerri said...

Until Joc met you at the BU, I always assumed it was Isa B for Isabel. And in my head it's always the Spanish form. But knowing so many Isabels, it's nice to see some variety. Who cares about Rachel Ray's dog. Call her anything you want. Anything's cute on that little sweetie!!!

Jesi and Joe said...

Thanks for the explanation! I've heard part of it from you before, but the whole story is neat! Isa B is definitely Isa B to me! :-) We miss you both and can't wait to see you two again!

Hauswife said...

Completely lovely! I'm a name freak and I love to hear how people chose their baby's name. I love Isa B... So precious!

bridget and luke said...

Hey thanks! :) So much fun to find out how the name came to be the child or vice versa!

habeshachild said...

yay for Isa B! The name fits her so well...

Heather said...

Hi Katie,
I met you and the lovely Isa B a few weeks ago at the Lalibella restaurant. My email is birdgrrl@comcast.net in case you every want to get the girls together for a playdate when you visit your folks in Oly. I hope our paths cross again.
~ Heather, mom to Zoe and Solome

Scott said...

Using the middle name MIGHT be a bit of a pain, but we like it down here! We always know when someone is trying to sell us something when they ask for Michael!