Stephanie

October 15, 2013

i like my name.  stephanies are absolutely awesome.  it's like a rule you must follow before you're allowed to have that name.  anyway, i'm linking up with kelli and today is about where this particular stephanie came from.

as you may or may not know (you probably do, i mention it often), i'm adopted.  not that i don't look identical to these two folks, amiright?

what's up 1989?

the family that jello shots together, stays together. 

my dad worked at the hospital that i was brought into once i was born (cause my birth mom had me at home or something crazy) as the head of the pediatric unit.  when someone told him that i belonged to nobody, i was just brought in, he says "god told me this was my baby."  i think i was probably just really pretty.  anyway, he checked me out and decided that i was his and he called my mom to let her know that they now had a baby.  how's that for joint marital decision making?  she came and saw me and decided that, actually, i was ugly and "are you sure you want this one?"  thanks mom.  apparently i had that beat up 'just born' look, but she swears when she came back the next day, i was all clean and so pretty that she didn't recognize me.  then she wanted me too.

so they adopted me through catholic charities and i'm guessing that meant they had a few days to debate on a name for my angelic little face.

my mom wanted kimberly, so she could call me kimmy.  (kimmy gibbler flashbacks anyone?) and my dad wanted samantha.  samantha samuel?  no doubt he wanted to call me sam sam.  obviously no offense to anyone with either of those names - i, in fact, get called 'sam' a lot - but neither of those would have been a good fit for me!  despite my love of full house and the flinstones, i am neither a kimmy nor a sam sam.  i'm so glad they went with stephanie.

obviously this 'stephanie' name was the compromise, and they technically got the name from actress stefanie powers.  feel free to scroll her wiki page, because i wouldn't know who she was either if i wasn't named after her.  i was a little too young, as in ya know, just born, to have known what hart to hart was.  i'm not really sure why my parents were big fans of hers.  maybe because they thought my mom looked like her.  regardless, that's the name they settled on.

oh and my middle name is after my grandmother on my mom's side but i hate the name and we all hate her, so i pretend i don't have a middle name at all.  really glad i'm not a southern girl, i refuse to have anything with my monogram on it.  for awhile, during my full house phase, my dad told me i could change my middle name.  i already had the stephanie tanner thing going, so i decided michelle obviously was the best fit.  and now my mom has a collection of children's books with 'property of stephanie michelle' written in the covers in my adorable, almost illegible 10 year old scrawl.

and that, my friends, is my very drawn out story of how i got my name.  because 'heyyy i'm named after an 80s actress' does not a blog post make.  and i also really like to post childhood photos of me.  because those bangs are fab.


where'd your name come from?  link up!

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32 comments

  1. I love this.
    and you.


    I am really glad you shared this.
    end of story.

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  2. Love the name the chose! My parents were going to call me Ben, if I was a boy, but I became an Emily ;-) Great family photo with your parents!

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  3. I love your blog and you, Stephanie! And I love your story!

    http://soundslikechelseaslife.blogspot.com/2013/10/chelsea.html

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  4. Your parents in the 80's LOVE! No worries every baby for like the first few days look like potatoes but I'm sure you were the cutest : )

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  5. I soooo have to do this. I love the story of how you were adopted. That is actually how my exhusbands cousin made her way into the family. Her dad was a thorasic surgeon and she was brought in and left with some lung issues and he did her surgery and then kept her.

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  6. 1. we're named after the same person.
    2. I didn't know you were adopted.
    3. of course Stephanie's are awesome!

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  7. i have no idea where my name came from. but your story is awesome! i love that he looked at you and thought: she's ours!

    when i saw pics of your dad in older posts, i was like, "wow, you look nothing like him" and immediately thought that you must look more like your mother. kayla looks nothing like my husband. even though she's mixed, she doesn't really have any hint of white in her so i always tell my husband that my kung-fu is stronger than his.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  8. OMG, what an amazing story. I love this!!

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  9. Obviously Stephanie is the best name ever. It does mean supreme ruler. Your parents clearly loved you to name you that.

    My name actually IS Stephanie Michelle (well was, when I got married I changed my name to Stephanie Mellor Doyle so that my maiden name became my middle name). I was named after my dad (Stephen Michael), then they had a boy and he is...Stephen Michael. We were all SMMs for years, with the effed up credit reports to prove it. They had things on the wrong reports for all of us.

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  10. you look so much like your dad it's not even funny. but really that is a super sweet story and your parents are awesome for taking in your crazy ass as a baby

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  11. Ha! I love the part of the story about your middle name, maybe you could just drop it and be one of those people with no middle name at all.

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  12. OMG your Dad is too sweet, I love that story! and as a kid I would have loved having the same name as a Full House character!! Thanks for linking up :-)

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  13. This story is precious! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing! :)

    Miranda
    youngprogress.blogspot.com

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  14. Your adoption story is beautiful! You Mom is SO pretty!!

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  15. I love this story.
    my mom named me after some character on General Hospital, or some show like that. but I think it fits me well too.

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  16. Ha - my name is Samantha and I was going to either be Samantha or Tabitha (thank you Bewitched!). Thankfully my mom chose Samantha- she didn't want people calling me Tabby. ha ha But my grandmother called me Kristen until I was about two months old because she hated the name Samantha... ridiculous.

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  17. I love this story. I learned so much about you. I changed my middle name during grade school to Marie. Every girl in my class was Marie & I had to have it too. I wrote it everywhere & my mom was like that's not your middle name. :) glad that I'm not the only one.

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  18. I love this! Stephanie is the perfect name, you look like a Stephanie (although I can see you as a Kimberly or a Sam too)!

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  19. Wow, I just learned so much from a name!! :)

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  20. Love this story! Even better about your dad deciding he wanted you before talking to your mom. How adorable!

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  21. That is actually a cool name story. Mine is pretty simple...my mom liked monique my grandmother said it was not cute and they settled on Monica(by the way my mothers name is Monika so I wish she had stuck with monique)

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  22. I think how you were adopted is just as interesting, if not more, than the story behind your name.

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

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  23. Such a great story! You have one of those names like me, I have always had another Katie in my classes or at work. It must have been the name of the times!

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  24. wow!! what a cool name story! love it :)

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  25. You are a fantastic story teller! My name is complicated so in blog land I just go by AJ because its easier. And that was a middle school nickname :-)

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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