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My par­ents chose my name, Mary L____ because 4 out of my 5 great grand­moth­ers’ names were Mary. My mid­dle name, which I used as a dou­ble name when I was younger, is L____, which was the maiden name of one of my great-grandmothers. Most of the time I go by Mary, but at home […]


I will never for­get the day my three-year-old heard my given name and real­ized for the first time that I was some­body else besides Mommy. She looked at me and frowned, “You’re not Elis­a­beth. You’re Mommy.” When I explained that Elis­a­beth was my given name just like Adele was her given name, the frown did […]