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.