Friday, August 17, 2007

J is for Jess, Jessi, Jessica



For today's post, a little discussion of my name (and a picture of me from last year with a few highlights)...

My given name is Jessica and I am told that I was named after the Allman Brothers song by the same name. You probably know this song if you have heard any of that good old stuff, but probably don't realize you know it because it is instrumental. It's a fun one, in my opinion. I was almost name after my great aunt Britta. I would've have loved that unique name,but apparently my father did not, so I was named Jessica and luckily before it was popular, so there weren't ten other Jessicas in my classes in school. Ten Jennys? yes, but Jessica? just me.

As far as nicknames go, I have two - Jessi and Jess. I have always used my nicknames to gauge how well a person feels like they know me (or just to tell me how much they like using nicknames if they call me by one of them in our first meeting). It's a good name for this. I usually introduce myself as Jessica and then see how long it takes for a nickname to take hold. Most of my close friends call me Jess and my family calls me Jess or Jessi (I'm not sure I remember the last time one of them called me by my full name) and in the general public, I am known as Jessica. And I decided to use Jessi (yes I spell it with just one i - it took my grandma years to get that right) for my online name to hopefully distinguish me from the bazillion other Jessica's that are out there.

So, there you have it - my name. And now that I feel like Gus in My Big Fat Greek Wedding where he tries to show that the root of every word is Greek, I will end by wishing you a lovely weekend!

9 comments:

jeanetta said...

i love that song!!

Heidijayhawk said...

i love that name...all of them actually!

Mom said...

There were two songs with the Jessica that you were named for ... the other one was by Seals & Crofts ... this one has lyrics although it was not one of their popular ones (i.e. Summer Breeze, Hummingbird, We May Never Pass This Way Again). I've got the songbook (for guitar and piano) with this song in it.

I should have stuck by my guns with the name Britta and at least given it to you for a middle name.

And I almost changed my mind about the name Jessica when a clerk at a department store was oh so contrary with me one day about 2 weeks before you were born. I'm glad you're a Jessica and most of all I'm glad you're my Jessica ... still my little girl ... that's one thing that won't change. Love you ... Mom

Leaking Levee said...

That is a super cute picture of you!

Windybrook Spinner said...

I love your picture and I loved those highlights. Thanks for the comments Jess. I don't get very many and they are nice. I'm not complaining or anything. I'm just grateful for what I get.

Christina said...

I always think it's interesting to hear how names were decided. My parents only had Christina in mind for me. If I'd been a boy, they would have named me Jody. I have two brothers and the name Jody was in play when my mom was pregnant with both of them, yet neither one is named Jody! Instead, Toby and Randy.

Have a good weekend!

Leslie said...

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Keli said...

I played the Allman Brothers Band "Jessica" yesterday on Guitar Hero II.

Jessica said...

Hello from another Jessi!

Like you I often go by Jess or Jessi and I am excited to find someone who left off the "e"! (My grandma still hasn't gotten the hang of it yet) :)

I remember the days when there were few of us and now my best friend, Makaylia, understands the name explosion.