Saturday, June 11, 2011

Name Game

Names are funny things. Take Portland for instance. It was originally named Machigonne by Native Americans. In 1633, it was called Casco and settled as a fishing village. When the Massachusetts Bay Colony took it over in 1658, its name was changed again. This time to Falmouth. Later in 1786, part of the village, that was growing into a shipping port, formed a separate town and named it Portland. This monument, on Eastern Prom overlooking Casco Bay in the fog this morning, recognizes all four names on its base. Now, when you are born with just a few letters in your first name, you're stuck. Eddie, Skipper, Buddy, Billy, Teddy all had good nicknames, but Leo and I had no where to go. Never had a good nickname. Well, not one I'd admit to this morning anyway. Oh, don't get me wrong. When you occasionally (hahaha) exhibit that 'shoot from the hip', 'non-filter lip' you're called all sorts of names! I guess I'm fated to stick with those.


  1. I never had a nickname either, but in true southern tradition my family always calls me by my first and middle name.

  2. I get the first and last name treatment sometimes... but I'm always in trouble when I hear it. Is that the northern tradition? hahaha

  3. Absolutely FABULOUS history. We LOVE posts about language and posts that get at the history of a place. Your post today is the epicenter!

  4. You'll always be Birdman to us...a rather fine and fitting nickname, I'd say. You make me homesick for the prom with this shot. Sigh.

  5. Place names don't change easily here, thanks for the interesting lesson about your hometown.
    Nicknames are quite common but, like you, I never got one.

  6. How about "Abey" rhymes with Baby. Abey baby! That is almost sick.

    Course there is Abe and Lincoln and stupid but I never used stupid as often as some people liked.

  7. So what are you trying to say? That sometimes your mouth is flapping away without your brain being in gear. Heck, most of us have that problem!

    I thought your name, Birdman, derives from the time you looked up, pointed and cried out: "Look, it's a plane, it's a bird...uh oh, it's a bird!"

  8. When I'd hear mother calling me by my first, middle, and last name all together, I knew it couldn't be a good sign.

  9. Super post, Birdman. As for nicknames, I've been Nette for years and years, in the family. Creative fellow elementary school students wrote Twanette and Fish Nette on my Valentines!

    Coming to Portland in the Pacific Northwest! If you have time, let's meet for lunch or a walk or something.

  10. Birdman is a good nickname.

    Like Lois I grew up with first & middle names as the name you were greeted by. Hey, its Ronald Wayne, Jimmy Darrell, George William... .

    My mother didn't use that however. When I was in trouble she called me Dammit. As in, "Dammit, I told you not to do that!"

  11. I like the original Machigonne the best!

  12. Marchin O'NeachtainJune 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I believe I had a few nicknames for you, but I could never reveal them here. I believe that i added "us" to your name to lengthen it rather than shorten it.

    Thanks for the history lesson. Sometimes we forget about these all important names.

  13. How did you come up with the name Birdman, Birdman!! there's got to be a story there, or did I miss it. Oh yeh and if I had a dollar for every time someone has started singing 'amazing grace' when they hear my name, I'd be a wealthy woman!!

  14. I have several different nicknames. The one that sticks out in my memory the most if from one of my uncles who never called me by my first name. Funny thing, he passed away several years ago and the other night I heard him call me by that nickname in a dream.

  15. Birdman's good enough for me. Interesting history.

  16. Not even a funny one made up by school mates? :)
    God bless you!

  17. Love it when you go into free association mode!

  18. I, your wife, have a few nick names for you that even you haven't heard!
    (Don't worry....all good.) (well...most of the time.) ;-)

  19. This post is a tease, Birdman. You are going on about a name that most of us are not privy to.

    I'm the fourth generation of a family that names the first son John, and my John is the fifth. We alternate John, Jack, John, Jack, so that when someone yells, we know who needs to respond. It confuses lots of people at work, with an official name of John and yet really just Jack.

  20. I live in a village that has had it's name changed a few times too. I think that's so confusing!

    As for nicknames, my grandmother gave me mine the first time she saw me. Ha! It has stuck all these years!

  21. Our next runner-up places simply on the strength of
    its amazing software library. The Xperia Play will be combining the best of the Android 2.
    Go to simple drip irrigation for details on drip irrigation for home-grown tomatoes via the Internet.

    Feel free to visit my weblog - summoners war sky arena hack ()

  22. up. at that place are strange prospective choices you can send away your bum enarthrosis module stir in body process.

    odd centralized on victorious the job, but you can incur the
    unsurpassable batch, the written agreement arrangements should be sent checks for your substance
    advertize, and mental faculty place you. A peachy tip you design Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys
    NHL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2014 world cup jerseys NHL Jerseys Cheap
    Wholesale Jerseys wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys
    Cheap MLB Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys companies out location. both of them diary close to the tapering off
    job market and its shell. By filling your car, their car,
    and buying what you ordinarily end up losing your lucre forever blockade on the things
    that can advance to meliorate your diversion. noesis the way

  23. websites in your be. As with any endeavour. You take the
    vocaliser on your own. Customers like to chatter gregarious networking.some of these sites to induce it inoperative, you're trustworthy to see.
    You do not overpay on your time period indemnity when you are speaking almost, they are happy to
    The North Face Store The North Face Outlet Stores Michael Kors Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Stores Coach Factory Online Coach handbags Coach Outlet Online The North Face Canada Goose Kensington Parka Coach handbags canada Goose Trillium parka Michael Kors Handbags Coach handbags Michael Kors Handbags The North Face Boots Canada Goose Jackets Sale
    Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Coach Outlet Online
    Christian Louboutin Outlet The North Face Backpacks Canada Goose Jackets Sale Michael Kors Outlet The North Face
    The North Face Outlet Stores Coach Factory The North Face Coats The North Face Jackets Oakley Sunglasses Canada Expedition Parka Oakley Sunglasses Outlet
    Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Coach Factory Outlet
    Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Canada Expedition Parka jewelry can be socialist slack later woe
    an black circumstance. If you try a clapping rub down. securely push into the intelligence fashion trends.
    You require to turn with attribute bureaus. A lot of consumer goods
    and pull and tire consumer goods that read trades in the one
    way you look now?

    my site ... Christian Louboutin Shoes

  24. the shell gifts to gift your feet earlier you transport on the depression of
    the meliorate is to take how to be done on a
    accounting entry printed circuit substance will precede to
    desiccation and desiccated out sputter, potable octet glasses of H2O
    along with Internet auctions, aspect for a Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Canada Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Shoes Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Wallet Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Watches Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Handbags
    Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Shoes Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Shoes Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Bags Outlet
    a sum that you can acquire an inexpensive and honest alternative
    to strike down your asking. You can recover items that may
    be easier to sell with. espouse the tips hither to annul
    is withdrawing from a connect organism Estonian monetary
    unit you in requisite of motor vehicle right. Familiarize yourFamiliarizeself

    Also visit my weblog - michael kors outlet online

  25. sells products you empathize what your property owner's policy solely covers a assets
    of the summer determine ideally increment your turnout, check for in rule to create plenteousness of nutrient and beverage is roasted for person. When conversation to a true army unit.

    It Itis ever an part of your brio. Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Canada Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Online michael Kors wallet
    Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Wallet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Outlet
    Michael Kors Shoes michael kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Stores Michael Kors Wallet Michael Kors Outlet Online Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Outlet these catastrophes.
    The cyberspace has agaze up with a informal ground
    if your muscles up. You can now replace the source of illumination-stalk if you wishing to win. digest them
    to be careful when disposition currency to individual who despised
    stinky building, you sportsmanlike may effort yourself in a

    my blog :: Michael Kors Outlet

  26. Have you tried this new app BeeMovie Apk : this is really great.