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What’s in a Name….

September 29th, 2009

DSC_0275If I had a dollar for every time someone either called me Heidi, Patty, or Polly I would be a very rich woman. And YES even once someone called me Potty. {I’m serious! What parent would name their child Potty? Really??}

Growing up having a unique name can be hard especially when all you want to do is fit in with everyone else.  Remember those cool pencils or license plates that you could get in the grocery store?  Yeah..never once did I find one with my name.

But now that I am older and {so} much wiser I appreciate having a unique name.  Now the back story on my name is that it was my Paternal Great-Great-Grandmother’s last name.  She and her family lived in Petersburg, VA and owned a luggage/trunk company called Totty Trunk and Bag Company. {Now I understand why I have such heart palpitations for a Coach or Kate Spade store.  It runs in my blood!}  Back in middle school, when I was helping my grandmother clean out her attic, we found one of the original suitcases from the Totty Trunk and Bag Co.  Clearly stamped by the handle it read TOTTY . Oh how I wish my mom would have let me keep it, but she said no. {feeling guilty yet Mums??!?}

Through the years, the name Totty has been passed from generation to generation.  Both my aunt and uncle have Totty as their middle names, but my aunt actually goes by it. This explains why I have a North Carolina License plate from 1968 with my name on it.  My awesome Aunt Totty has passed all her  “Totty” things down to me.  Which is why I was inspired to do this post in the first place.

{sidenote}- I refer to my aunt as awesome because she is.  I once met a woman very randomly at my old place of employment that knew my aunt back in college.  Her exact words to me were, “Your Aunt helped me to burn my bra.”  That was probably the last thing I expected out of her mouth- but totally summed up my aunt!  I have always felt a very close bond with her and spent the first ten or so years of my life thinking that I was named after her.

So besides the cool license plate, here are some other things that she passed down over the years.

This may look like a regular size matchbook…


But I used the pencil to give you a sense of scale… Monster Matches!


And this is my favorite…I have a feeling that I may finally be able to put it to use this fall.  (Retro is back right?)


It is a hand embroidered purse with the initials T and E on it.  The fabric is a soft khaki felt with a crazy paisley interior lining.

DSC_0269Isn’t that cool? Minor detail that my intials aren’t technically TE anymore…

Now the pressure falls on me to continue the Totty name.  This is the scenario that plays over and over in my head.. I invision Mr. vB and I having 2 kids- of course one boy and one girl.  Mr. vB is actually a 2nd so he would like to pass his name down to his son.  And if I wanted to pass my name down to my daughter, it would go something like this.  Mr. vB would be introducing us to someone and he would say, “My name is David and this is my wife Totty, my son David, and my daughter Totty.”  To which the person we are talking to is going to say, “really- you couldn’t think of any other name to name your kids?!?”

What can I say- I spend a lot of time in my car {alone} and have time to contemplate the really serious things in life.

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  1. Sarah G
    September 29th, 2009 at 06:39 | #1

    Ha ha that gave me a giggle for the morning. But as we were all taught by Maddie this weekend, its all about the middle name!

  2. Joette
    September 29th, 2009 at 08:48 | #2

    I always looked for items with my name on it as a child, too. I always felt left out not being able to buy the gaudy key chain at Carowinds with my name on it…because it didn’t exist.

  3. Jen
    September 29th, 2009 at 18:26 | #3

    Bobby is a third, and Bob’s mom’s name is Joye, and so is his sister’s. It can be kind of annoying at times, but luckily his sister goes by Jo, instead of Joye. Maybe your daughter can go by Tot. Just kidding.

  4. September 29th, 2009 at 19:38 | #4

    I have a cheerleader on my squad that is named after her mother, Thais, and the son is named after the father, Carlos. So yes it is possible to have two Totty’s and two Dave’s :) We have so many big and little names in or fam, you’d think we were Italian!

  5. Anne W
    September 29th, 2009 at 20:04 | #5

    HA! You are cracking me up! Oh, and I love that vintage purse! You could totally rock it with your new boots :)

  6. ashley
    September 29th, 2009 at 20:10 | #6

    LOVE THAT BAG!!! you need to put that thing into rotation immediately! if you feel weird about naming your kids after you just move to SC, there are bigs and littles everywhere (ie: big robertson & little robertson, etc.) and if you’ve got a great name, i say don’t be selfish, pass it on down! miss y’all!!

  7. Jennifer
    October 4th, 2009 at 18:03 | #7

    you are too funny. love the entire story! your kids’ names are no worse than mary catherine, mary bridget and mary elizabeth all sisters at my church growing up. what is with that?!

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