Dineane was Named after Santa Claus

Special thanks to Cris A for starting this thread on the forum and inspiring me to write this hub.

I have a pretty unusual name, and I kind of like it.

My parents named me after a man my dad knew who they tell me looked like Santa Claus. He was apparently a jolly enough soul, as well, and my parents thought highly enough of him to borrow his surname, DeNeen, for inspiration.

My creative mother, DonnaCSmith, morphed the spelling and insisted on calling me by my middle name instead of my first name, Nora. She claimed my dad picked the name Nora after one of his old girlfriends.

For the record, I've never believed that part of the story. My dad insists that it's not true (he admits to dating Nora's sister), but says that he just always liked the name, Nora. And even though I can kind of believe that my mother might have been a timid and shy young bride, I just cannot imagine any mother allowing their child, their first born, to be named after the father's old girlfriend.

Growing up I was always embarrassed on the first day of school when I had to correct the teachers during the first roll call. Most called me Nora, but even those who somehow knew I used my middle name could not pronounce it.

I decided after graduation from high school that I would use "Nora" in college. It seemed like a good time to forge a new identity, and certainly Nora would make life easier.

It's not easy to name yourself, however. I found myself automatically introducing myself as Dineane, and it really didn't matter what your name was in most of those huge freshman classes.

Now-a-days, I like having a unique name. It's fun to pop up so easily in a google search. If I ever write that best seller, my fans might have to make an effort to pronounce my name, but at least they won't confuse me with anyone else!

And won't it be cool when I'm famous to retell the story of how I'm named after Santa Claus.


For the Record

Dineane Whitaker

  • Born: Nora Dineane Smith
  • Once: Nora Dineane Buttram
  • Now: Nora Dineane Whitaker

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Nice story, Dineane. And Merry Christmas!

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

When I first saw your name in hubpages, I thought it was an exotic foreign name,  but now I know the true tale behind your name. :) I was going to be called Patricia but my parents had a disagreement and out of spite mom named me Dawn Marie, but I use Marie most of the time.  

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cool - I can pretend to be excotic and foriegn! Online, anyway - can't shake the southern accent in person! Thanks for visiting Violet...er Dawn...I mean Marie :-)

deborah 7 years ago

Buddy Sister Friend always worked just fine to me!

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Love ya, Deborah....that's another hub I'm going to have to write!

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

HOHOHO Dineane! Merry Christmas and to All a Good Night!

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