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The Friday Five


1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?

Not exactly. My birth certificate says Margaret Jean Kelly. All my life, I’ve been Margaret Jeanne Kelly. My mother’s name is Jeanne. I have no idea why my birth certificate says Jean. I’ve been going to go have it legally changed (I mean, EVERYTHING I’ve ever done says Margaret Jeanne), but haven’t gotten around to it.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?

I don’t mind Margaret. I’ve frequently had nicknames, though. Most folks who aren’t family call me Meg. I’ve been Meg since I was in High School. And if I married my current sweetie, I think I’d keep my own last name, it’s just been mine for a long time. Besides, I’d probably get annoyed at everyone trying to be creative and pronounce his last name.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?

My mom’s best friend’s name was Peggy. Well, she was really a Margaret, but no one ever called her Margaret. My nickname, Meg, came from the Madeline l’Engle Wrinkle in Time books. Her father called her Megling. My best friend in high school started calling me that…and nutmeg, and megalicious, and….

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?

I’ve always loved the name Christopher and Colin. I like the way Alecia looks when written in cursive handwriting. And I’ve always thought that boys with two first names (like Dave Thomas, or Martin David) were nothing but trouble!

5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com / triggur.org / astroexpert accurate? How or how isn't it?

Oh my, I hope not. Kabalarian.com has both Meg and Margaret as very quiet, (like, not) deeply artistic (okay, I’d go for that) and emotionally insecure (no way!). I like the artistic, sensitive bits, but not the underlying lack of sense of self worth.