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!