Her Name? Ah Yes, That’s a Story…..
After I accepted my referral, Margaret - who was heartily sick of my by-then daily emails of increasingly random name choices - gave me a deadline and said I had to pick my top three. Withering under her threat of never programming my VCR again, I caved and selected a top three list: Madeleine, Isobel, and Annabelle.
I liked Madeleine a lot, and I liked the sound of Madeleine Mericle too. But in the end, Maddy just proved too popular. I went to visit a daycare and one of of the teachers yelled “Maddy” and I think about six little girls turned around. So on to Isobel. Isobel is the Scottish variant of Isabelle. I love it. But everyone I sought an opinion from advised me against it. Mainly because of the unusual spelling and pronunciation (EE-sobel). I didn’t want Isabelle for the same reasons as Maddy – too popular right now. But I also didn’t want my kid to have name that no one could spell or pronounce. Growing up with a name like Maureen, I dealt with that and I hated it. (I grew up wishing I was named Jenni or Linda or something simple.) So that left Annabelle and I ran it by my family and got the thumbs up, everyone liked it. (I tried to ignore the information offered up by a male friend that a woman named Annabelle holds the world record for gang bangs on film or some other dubious honor in the porn world.)
I settled on an original middle name of Shea because my Grandmother’s maiden name was McShea.
After my sister died, I changed Annabelle’s middle name to Margaret to honor my sister’s memory and decided to keep Shea as a second name.
Introducing Annabelle Margaret Shea Mericle……