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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The K of Anupama K.

I always had a fascination for middle names since my childhood. Once, a new girl joined our class - her name had a male name after a female one. When I pointed this out, she told me her middle name was her Dad's, and it was a custom in her native place to include one's father's name. "In South India, people include names of villages, grandfathers and whatever they can think of !", she joked.

Later in my life, when I interacted with more and more people, I found this was quite a common practice. To do something different, I chose to include my mother's initial, instead of my Dad's. Her name is Kakoli, hence the K. Not legally, but wherever I could, I write my name as Anupama K. Mazumder.

My mother was moved when she heard this, but she didn't say anything.

Many friends have asked me about this, some of wondered quietly, here's your answer!

Call me a female chauvinist if you may, but I like this version of my name.
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10 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm named after a great uncle...which embarrassed me until my mom sent me a link to the Wikipedia page of the man my great uncle was named after. He was a fairly well-known Missouri judge. So now I have middle name pride, even though it's "Breckenridge."

Ranita Sinha said...

Loved your thought of including yours mother's initials in your name..I have never seen such an incident before yours..respect..

Shailaja V said...

My maiden name is like that. I have a middle name that is my grandfather's birthplace. Very difficult to pronounce. Yours is such a beautiful gesture :)

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cifar shayar said...

A very rare gesture , you should be applauded for that. I have followed your blog I am blogging at The Other Side for A to Z challenge

Aditi said...

This should be legalized on paper....I love your name even more now! ;) After marriage I am still keeping my maiden name cz that is and will remain my name!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That's cool that you took your mom's initial. In the Filipino culture (at least it still was in my generation), the child's middle name was the mother's surname. Mine is Domingo, which translates to Sunday. :-)
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Rajlakshmi said...

that;s so sweet of you to include your mother's name :) I have never heard anyone do that.

Sakshi said...

I have my maiden surname as my middle name now, however, I am yet to adopt my marital name (which I don't want to) ..

Harish said...

Great choice for a middle name. In my place instead of surname we just put the initials of our family name.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

That's really Nice of you Anupama...I've retained my maiden surname after my marriage..many people ask about this also.. :-D