Day 1069: Your name here

Have you ever experienced people using your name as an adjective or a noun, implying they see you a certain way ?

Me neither, until yesterday, when it happened TWICE.

The first time was when one of my therapy patients said this about a relative of hers:

I think she needs an Ann in her life.

The second time was when my friend Carol said this, when I told her I was trying out for “The Voice” in February:

That’s a very Ann thing to do.

How can I know, for sure, what either of those people meant, using my name like that?

Googling “Ann” probably won’t help me, but I shall try that anyway (since, to me,  that seems like a very Ann thing to do).

Here is Ann’s first result of googling “Ann definition”:

The name Anne is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Anne is: Favour or grace. Prayer. God has favoured me.

That’s not how I spell my name, though.  Perhaps people whose name is spelled AnnE are graceful and favoured by God. Here‘s another way Google defines “Ann”:

Word Origin and History for Ann
fem. proper name, alternative form of Anna, from Latin Anna, from Greek, from Hebrew Hannah (see Hannah ). In U.S. black slang, “white woman,” also “a black woman who is considered to be acting ‘too white;’ ” also Miss Ann. She is the spouse of Mr. Charlie.

It’s true that I AM a white woman, but that’s not a particularly helpful definition, either.

If I could consult with my patient or with Carol as I’m writing this blog post, I could use the helpful skill of reality testing (see here for that and other antidotes for automatic and unhelpful thoughts). In other words, I could ask them what they meant.  However, that’s not possible. Therefore,  it’s up to me to decide what “Ann” might mean, when used as an adjective or noun.

I am deciding this, at 6:19 AM, Boston USA time:

 Ann — when  used as a noun or an adjective — is a compliment, not an insult.

I hope you can decide the same, now, about your name. Why? Because this Ann believes that’s a helpful thing for everyone to do, no matter what.

Ann is now going to check photos she took yesterday, to see if any of them are more Ann than others.




I think all those photos are equally Ann.

What do you think about that or anything else in this Ann post?

Finally, it’s very Ann to be extremely grateful that you visited here today, no matter what your name.

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36 thoughts on “Day 1069: Your name here

  1. Open to listen is definitely Ann. I think my parents chose the spelling of my name to give me a lift 🙂

  2. I agreed, these pictures are Ann things 🙂 I think you have a unique character that people around use to characterize things. I think it is a complement 😉

  3. Your blog is so perfectly Ann, Ann. ❤️

  4. The wonderful thing about your name being used as an adjective is it supersedes any historical meaning. The name “Ann” now means “a kind and caring person who is not afraid of a challenge”.
    All those are Ann pictures because they were taken by you with your attentive eye, although I think the most Ann pictures are the “Freudian sips” because you’re a therapist with a sense of humor and the “Christmas coal” because you turn dark things bright.
    And the bouncing dreidel. I can’t come up with something to go with that which I think is a very Chris thing.

    • Thank you for this bouncing comment, kind, caring, and attentive Chris. Here’s another Ann thing: I want to tell you that I thought my title today was a very Chris thing.

  5. You are so Ann.
    I looked up my name after reading this. I have always told people my name is spelled the German way, but one site says that is not true, that my spelling is French or Czech.
    Oh, dear. Now who am I?

  6. I think you being you is quite wonderful, Ann, by my definition of pulling an Ann Koplow! By the way, your daily Voice here turns more than four chairs. (I still consider myself worthy to say this.)

  7. I think God has favoured us, with your very Ann posts, Ann 🙂

  8. happy seeing your name
    here, there & everywhere 🙂

  9. Well, before I come visit here in the morning I sometimes think, Now, I’ve got to go for my Ann moment!

    and what Mopana said — so true Ann!

    I love all Ann photos — this bundle of Annawesomeness got me with Freudian Sips — the vineyard where we stayed when we got married is called Therapy — their labels include Freudian Sips, Fizzio Therapy. When you buy two bottles they come in a bag called “Couples Therapy” six bottles a bag labelled “Group Therapy”. 🙂 — and my favourite — Good friends don’t let you do stupid things alone.

  10. Maria became popular with the spread of Christianity as a Latinized form of the Hebrew name of Jesus’ mother Mary (Miriam in Hebrew or Maryam in Aramaic). As a result of their similarity and syncretism, the Latin original name Maria and the Hebrew-derived Maria combined to form a single name. The meaning of the Semitic-rooted name is uncertain, but it may originally be an Egyptian name, probably derived from mry “beloved” or mr “love” (“eminent lady” or “beloved lady”). The meaning of the Latin-rooted name is similarly ambiguous, possibly deriving from mare (“sea” in Latin), maris (“male”), or the name of the god Mars.

    A very “Maria” thing to do is to have compassion, to help sick and injured animals as well as humans, and to be nurturing. I also have to hide in order to refuel myself.

  11. Hahahaha! This made me laugh :p A very Ann post indeed! It’s always interesting when someone uses your name as a noun because it tells you a lot about how that person sees you..

  12. The world could use a lot more Anns, that is for sure.

  13. Whenever I Say Your Name

  14. It’s all you and it’s all good.

  15. I love the name Ann, Anne, Anna – it’s so pretty, feminine, simple, and elegant. Fit for a queen. 😀

  16. I love seeing your name so often. Its so very Ann!

  17. learningtothrive2017

    I have often been told that was a very “Amy” thing to do and I never really knew how I felt about it. I love your perspective! Maybe it IS a compliment! It only matters if I think it is!😄

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