A Rose by Any Other Name…

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What’s it like to have a name that is or sounds like a word in English? Like Leif, or Mike, or May? (For that matter, April and June?) Petrea is a type of plant, but it’s not as common as a Rose or an Iris, and I rarely hear it in conversation. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m going to the Petrea,” and I wonder how my husband feels when he hears, “I’m going to the John.”

It’s Friday. Let’s have some fun. What would you add to the list?

Allen (wrench)
Alvin (robotic arm)
April May June August
Kelly (green)
Rick (a stack of hay or straw)


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  1. Lowell - December 9, 2016 @ 11:51

    Very interesting…I’ve never thought of many of these names in terms of their possible different meanings. But I’d walk a mile to see a Petrea!

  2. Chris - December 9, 2016 @ 12:02

    Bob cat

    • Petrea - December 9, 2016 @ 12:46

      Bob definitely counts!

  3. Petrea - December 9, 2016 @ 13:20

    A couple of good ones from my Facebook post:

  4. William Kendall - December 9, 2016 @ 14:04

    I haven’t thought of that myself.

    • Petrea - December 9, 2016 @ 17:38

      Do you go by a shortened version of William? Ooh, now that makes me think of Bill. That fits on the list, too.

  5. Shelley - December 10, 2016 @ 00:48

    Oh, I’ve not heard of Petrea flowers before today – and they are absolutely gorgeous !! Purple goes so beautifully with your beloved grey, too!! I love the name game. My dad’s name is Cliff !

    • Petrea - December 10, 2016 @ 09:12

      Purple and grey are my favorites!
      We’re getting some good names. I hadn’t thought of Cliff, that’s great.

  6. Lowell - December 13, 2016 @ 06:25

    Okay, that’s really nice…thanks for the link. Petra flora is quite beautiful. No wonder you were name thusly!

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