Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's Just a Name, but What If I Don't like It?

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It's Just a Name, but What If I Don't like It?

Article excerpt

MY SAY

CHERYL ROYAL-SCOTT

WHAT'S in a name?

I was named after my grandmother and, to be honest, I've always disliked the name.

I loved my grandmother with all my heart, but I would have been more than happy to be named after my mum.

The second blow was I missed out on a second name, maybe they forgot or didn't think it necessary.

But it made me think of my younger sister, she was given the names of Lorraine Patricia.

Patricia was after my wonderful aunty and I adored both those names.

My brothers John and Niki, named after Dad and Mum, and were given Maori second names.

I never thought about asking my dad before he passed what happened to me?

But to counteract this, I changed my name by

deed poll as soon as I was of age.

To this day, I still and will always dislike the name I was first given, but there's no escaping it. …

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