Have you ever wondered why so many Hispanic women are named Maria? It's tradition in our family....seriously!
I have three sisters, and all of us are named Maria.
It all started with all of us having different names..... Santos, Enedelia, Paula, and Diana. Our mother did tell us that our first name was Maria. She had given all of us the first name of Maria. No big deal we thought. All of us go by our middle name so it doesn't matter that all of us are named Maria.
We didn't discover how wrong that belief was until we became professionals. We had to fill out forms for all kinds of governmental agencies like the Social Security Office, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Human Resources Office. We wanted to get paid so we filled out the forms.
It wasn't too long before all of us were having to sign with our first name, Maria. Our checks had to have our first name on them, Maria. When different agencies call us at our home. Guess who they asked for? You got it, Maria!!!
I asked my sister why all of us were named Maria. They didn't know. I decided to ask the person who named us, our mother.
"Mom, why on Earth did you name all of us Maria?
"No, I didn't. I named you, Santos, Enedelia, Paula, and Diana."
"But, Mom, all of us have Maria as our first name. When people ask us what our first name is we have to say and write Maria."
"Oh, when I went to baptize you, the priest asked that I give you a name out of the bible. I selected Maria."
"Mom, there are several names in the bible aside from Maria."
"I know, but every time I spoke to the priest I could only think of Maria. So I named all of you Maria. I didn't think that all of you would have to go by your first name."
There you have it. That is why so many of us are named Maria. I guess all parents thought like my mother did.
Discussion and Writing Prompts:
1. What is your full name? Do you like your name? Why or why not?
2. What is the true meaning of your name? Do a bit of research and find out the meaning of your name.
3. Does your name fit you or your personality? Why or why not?
4. Select the name that you would like to have. Why did you select that name? What do you like about it?