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.