Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Names are important. New parents, in particular, spend weeks or months picking out the perfect name to attach to the 3-D face of their child.
Books listing baby names from the most popular, gender, or meaning line shelf after shelf.
Family names are passed from one generation to the next with surnames becoming the first, middle, third, or hyphenated name. We chose them based on our belief systems, ideology, favorite fruits, hobbies, movies, idols, or the desire to be different. Take your pick.
My mother, a voracious reader, chose my name, Sheila, after a character in a book. I don’t know the name of the book and the last time I asked mom, she couldn’t remember. But, my grandmother hated the name and for the first few months of my life refused to call me Sheila; instead she called me Shitty.
No wonder I’m such a sensitive soul (Not). However, starting life out with the nickname Shitty is probably why I grew up to be the strong woman I am.
What’s in my name?
The name Sheila is from the Latin Caelia, which is a feminine form of the Roman clan name Caelius or dimintitive of Cecilia — meaning heavenly, or of the heavens. Yes, those are angel wings you hear in the background.