A is for Annette

Jacqueline Beer

Jacqueline Beer

Annette was a popular name in the 50s and 60s thanks to the pre-Britney Disney Princess Annette Funicello. Mum says I was named after the actress, dad said it was after his sister, Annie. Whichever was true, my middle name came from a character on mum’s favourite TV show, “77 Sunset Strip” called Suzanne Fabray played by Jacqueline Beer. To my dying day I will be grateful that she wasn’t a fan of Gunsmoke: Festus or Chester wouldn’t have gone so well with Annette.

My second cousin had a baby when she was very young, a wee girl she named after her favourite perfume. Ysatis. Ysatis McCulloch. Thank gawd she was never a fan of Tramp.

Hmmm…maybe Annette Festus McDevitt wouldn’t have been so bad after all.

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15 Comments

  1. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 1, 2013

    Nettie – What a great story – the story of your name. I love it! Interesting isn’t it how everyone’s name has a story…

  2. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 1, 2013

    Nettie – What a great story – the story of your name. I love it! Interesting isn’t it how everyone’s name has a story…

  3. auntyamo
    Apr 1, 2013

    I like Annette Festus McDevitt. Sounds like a private detective 😀
    All the best for the April AtoZ x

  4. auntyamo
    Apr 1, 2013

    I like Annette Festus McDevitt. Sounds like a private detective 😀
    All the best for the April AtoZ x

  5. ailsaabrahamwp
    Apr 1, 2013

    Oh I think Festus would have suited you wonderfully… but not Chester. Lovely post – so looking forward to all of them xx

  6. elizasarahgraham
    Apr 1, 2013

    Hillarious and so true. Your parents had good taste. Everyone wanted to be Annette Funicello.

  7. Josie Two Shoes
    Apr 1, 2013

    Absolutely love the humor in this piece about your name. I’ll definitely be back for more tomorrow! 🙂

  8. Anne Harvey
    Apr 1, 2013

    Another great posting, Nettie. I think Annette is a lovely name.

  9. Rick Daley
    Apr 1, 2013

    I’m glad you didn’t get stuck with Festus!

  10. trishnugentwriter
    Apr 2, 2013

    Annette is my sisters name. The kids call her auntie Nettie. Lovely to hear how you got your name 🙂

  11. cassam101
    Apr 2, 2013

    Good to know where you name came from, if it were today you’d probably be called Sunset.

  12. Carol
    Apr 3, 2013

    If it makes you feel any better, my mate works with new mothers and one had actually called her child Versace…can you imagine the slagging off that poor wee kid is going to get!?

    C x

  13. joskehan
    Apr 3, 2013

    It’s entertaining to find where our names came from….I was named after the butcher’s daughter who was a year old by the time I was born, because Mum could not think of any family name she liked at the time.

  14. Only just found your A to Zs. I love the name Annette. I shall read some more 🙂

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