I seem to be on a new kick, more of an awareness tour of my medical surroundings lately, so here's another observation that I found interesting.
I find myself in a landscape of medical professionals who have more than just professions in common. No, they also share the burden of using 2-first-names. Some may actually be 2 first names, but others may be a contraction of the first and middle name.
This goes for women and men, though women beat the men in numbers by a quick mile. Here are the names of those with whom I interact on a regular basis:
(Do you think I was bored today, or what?) This partial list is only staff members I know personally in Triage, Oncology, and Infusion Departments.
Notice there is not one Mary Ann in the lot. I knew 3 growing up. Well, think New Orleans, Roman Catholic, and you get the picture. Maybe the names fell into disfavor, but I digress.
I am always curious about the reasons for this double first name thing that seems to be cropping up here in small children, too. Yes, everything old is new again! So, it can’t be just a regional curiosity as some may think.
I wonder if it begins with parents making contractions out of longer names or if siblings start it as a joke. Like nicknames. I wonder if there is a name for this 2-first-name phenomenon.
As for me, if (when) I ever heard my first and middle names spoken (usually very loudly) together, I knew I was in deep trouble for something. Fortunately for me, that only happened a few times in childhood. Yes, I was a good boy. Ahem... Of course, my first and middle names don’t lend themselves to easy contractions, so that may be what saved me.
I’m sure Anne Marie in Philly will have a comment on this one. At least, I hope so.
And so it goes.