What's in a Name

Post Bath Time Babies.

My dad has been on a gentle house arrest since his bone marrow transplant six weeks ago. He ventures out into public every once in awhile, generally for a favorite meal, but most of his time is spent working from his home office, watching westerns with my little brother or bickering with my mom over whether dinner will include green chile. (He says yay, she says nay.)

Basically, Mr. Man has some time on his hands.

On Saturday, I logged into my email to find a message from him in response to a link I sent him last week. The link was totally inappropriate, blue with language and about the funniest thing I have seen in months. (And no, I will not share the link here. Because I believe in you.) The subject title to his response said,

Read it. Laughed. Erased all evidence. Am ashamed that you have the vocabulary to converse on the topic. 

What can I say? I have been making my parents proud since 1985.

The rest of the email was dedicated to the definition of my daughter's names. Because...why not? Also? He has some serious time on his hands. (Like finished Downton Abbey seasons 1 - 3 in a few days time. He blames my mom, but I saw him tear up during one of the episodes. He can't fool me.)

Margaret Zuzu

Margaret is a female first name, derived from the Greek word margarites (μαργαρίτης) meaning "pearl."

It may be related to the Sanskrit word मञ्यरी mañjarī. Alternately, it might be of Persian origin, derived from the Persian language marvârid (مروارید), a pearl or daughter of light. The word is related to Marg from Marq or Marka meaning "chicken" (مرغ), probably because pearls looked like small bird eggs.

Zu Zu Ginger Snaps were round drop cookies produced beginning in 1901 by National Biscuit Company (NBC) - later changed to Nabisco - until the early 1980s. The snaps were "a spicy combination of ginger and sugar-cane molasses". 

In the movie It's a Wonderful Life the youngest Bailey daughter is named Zuzu (played by Karolyn Grimes). George Bailey (played by James Stewart), her father, refers to her as "my little gingersnap." 

Alright, not too shabby. Of course, I consider my daughter a pearl, a daughter of light. I mean look at her. That girl is precious. And her middle name makes good sense, too.  She is everything spicy and sweet. Emphasis on spice. Ahem.

Viola Honey

Viola - means Violet - means Purple - although it is possible to be "violaceous" (purple colored) with a superlative of "most violaceous" (very purple colored). Pretty cool that a real word has her name and "aceous". I wonder what Meganaceous means - "probably a threat to book owners and bound materials". (Note: I never leave my parents house without stealing one of my dad's books and I have left more than one outside to be watered by the sprinklers...in the last year. Ahem.)

Honey as a name has less history behind it, although it has been used as a name in many cultures – Including Japanese.  Cutie Honey is a well-known manga series.  See below for details.

 Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー, Kyūtī Hanī?, also spelled Cutey Honey

While Honey's exact appearance differs among the various versions, they all portray her as an outwardly ordinary girl named Honey Kisaragi, who can transform into the busty, red or pink-haired heroine Cutie Honey and other specialized forms to fight against assorted villains who threaten her or her world. One of the trademarks of the character is that all of these transformations involve the temporary loss of all her clothing in the brief interim from changing from one form to the other. (I would like to add that my dad had to try really hard to find something ridiculous to link to the name Honey. He does not have a shelf full of Manga books sitting in his house. Although if you do, no judgement here. Well, not MUCH judgement.)

Okay. The first name is right on. Viola is all blooming flowers and pretty thoughts. The fact that I can now call her Violaceous only reinforces the awesomeness of her first name. Her middle name...well, I think she is strong enough to fight for her world and I won't mind if she dyes her hair pink. However with me as a mother the odds of her being busty are nill and I really hope she keeps her clothing on...even in the midst of radical transformations.
I thought a lot about definitions when naming my girls. I wanted to give them something to live up to and a heritage to look back on. I thought it mattered. Of course, now I know better.  They are here to define themselves. I can see it happening already and the process thrills and humbles me. Their lives will give their names meaning and when people say, "Margaret Zuzu" or "Viola Honey", they will mean the definitions my daughters gave them.
I just hope they keep their clothes on.