What’s in a Southern name? A true Southerner knows that family names matter and will go to great lengths to find the appropriate family name for a new baby. I, Anna Louise, am named for my mother and grandmother. My oldest, Mary Anna, is named for her great-grandmother. My twins also have family names: Sallie Catherine is named for her great-grandmother and Elizabeth Louise is named for her two grandmothers. All very proper. Male names often extend to Jr., the III and the IV. It is not unusual to have a surname as a first name for a Southern child – Harrison, Whitley, Anderson, Griffin, or Smith. This is about tradition and family.
My Southern personal stationery
Our name is so important that it defines our personal stationery. A true Southerner Belle has her name on her stationery or correspondence cards with her address on the back of the color-lined envelope. See above.
Southerners not only love their names, but also they love their initials- their monogram. The popularity of monogramming ebbs and flows but Southerners are always partial to monogrammed sterling flatware, crystal, jewelry, linens, and towels. Every well-dressed Southern small child has a monogrammed dress or shirt.
In addition to the tradition monogrammed items, in the South, if it doesn’t move, we monogram it. My Southern Sassy friend Natalie has a monogrammed Yeti cup and yes, there are monogrammed Yeti Coolers. Monogram companies are popular on Facebook and I was happy to discover that I could order monogrammed black ballet flats. They are quite a conversation piece. Some people monogram their camera straps and lens caps, wrislet wallets, sun glasses, golfballs, football jerseys, and beer growlers.
My monogrammed black ballet flats
My Sassy Southern friend Natalie with her monogrammed Yeti cup
This blog post is dedicated to my Yankee attorney friend who is reading my work to try to understand Southern women. He’s not quite there yet, but he is working on it.