Mama Deb (mamadeb) wrote,
Mama Deb

The Name Meme:

I have two names, so this will be for both of them.

1. What does your first name mean?
Honeybee in both Hebrew and English.

2. What does your middle name mean?

English: Derivative of Frances, so France. Hebrew (Well, Yiddish): Bird

3. What does your last name mean?

One who bakes. No Hebrew last name, of course - "Daughter of Aaron."

4. So what does your name mean when put together?

One who bakes with French bees?

5. What would you have been named if you were the opposite gender?

I was named for my mother's grandparents of blessed memory - David and Fanny. If I'd been a boy, my name probably would have been David Frank (David Fievel, or David Pincas).

6. Any other name oddities?

Let's see. If my Hebrew name were entirely Hebrew, my name would be D'vorah Tzipporah, which rhymes much too much, but...there is a tradition that D'vorah was the reincarnation of Tzipporah (Moses' wife), so that's pretty cool. My last name is my married name. It was "Beckerman" until my father-in-law changed it in 1939. He thought a professional musician might have a difficult time with a German sounding last name. The family got the name because, although they've always been musicians, they also baked the matzot for the town. We theorize it was a way of getting some money before the dry time after Pesach - fifty days when no one gets married or otherwise listens to live music.

More questions!

1) Do you like your name?

Yes, pretty much. The English name looks...writerly, I guess, and the Hebrew one has the force of tradition behind it.

2) What do you like best about it?

The Biblical and family origins.

3) What do you like least about it?

That I will never escape being "Debbie" in the real world.

When I started going online, I used "Debra" exclusively, until people started calling me "Mama", but in the real world, no one calls me either of those.

4) If you HAD to change your name (witness protection program, whatever), what would you want it to be?

Seriously, I'd just use the Hebrew ones exclusively if I could. Otherwise, I have no idea.

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