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Who chose your birth name ?

Updated on March 14, 2008

Both My Parents Chose My Name

I usually tell people I was named after my grandmothers and some dirty jokes. That's true, but there is an explanation.

I have an odd name, not because the name itself is odd, but because I have two middle names. My middle names are from my grandmothers, Katheline and Fern. Oddly enough, Katheline was always known as Gladys. Thank God I was given Kathleen.

My father was in love with all things Irish, including some old jokes with the characters Pat and Mike. He insisted he had to have a Pat and a Mike.

So, I ended up being Patricia Kathleen Fern. Not great, but not too bad, either! My only complaint is that it's exactly one letter too long to fit on a California driver's license. And forms invariably assume that you only have one middle name, so I've had to do some creative editing to get it all into some data bases.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      thank you for answering my request..I like both names. I have a dear friend named Patricia and my sister's was Kathleen and so is my mom's. In our family we always include a Saints name . either first or middle.. God Bless G-Ma :o) hugs