What is in a name?

I am a brand new blogger and very slow at getting going.  I signed up for the website months ago and then spent months trying to figure out what the name of my blog should be.  I cannot tell you how many names I considered, researched and ultimately rejected.  There are many reasons to reject a name:  they don’t reflect who I really am or what I aspire to; they already have been used; there is nothing memorable about them; they could be easily misinterpreted; and on and on.  I think I was using the naming indecision as a big excuse to never actually get going with the blogging.  By nature, I am an introvert, and although I felt like I wanted to blog I am not sure that I really wanted to be all that public (but that is another story).

Finally, I decided that I either had to get moving with a blog or forget about it.  So here I am.

Why “Good Woman”?  First of all, there is a bit of charm to the name.  I think it has a bit of a catch to it.  Secondly, a good woman is what I aspire to be.  I can’t say I am there yet, because do I really know what a good woman is?  It’s kind of like that old definition of pornography (paraphrasing here):  you can’t say what it is but you know it when you see it.

But then there is a very sentimental reason for this selection.  My late husband Bill used to tell me that I was a good woman.   That was high praise from a man who tended to not be profuse with compliments.  After he passed away, while I was receiving the obligatory sympathy calls, so many of his friends and colleagues mentioned to me that Bill had often referred to me as a good woman.  That meant a lot.  You never know what kinds of words will help some one in the grieving process, but I found that hearing this was very comforting.  Thus, the blog name “Good Woman”.

I must say that the name does not mean that I am purporting to be a pillar of virtue or of perfect goodness.  Oh, my, I have way too many faults and imperfections, but to be thought of in posterity as a good woman does seem to be a worthwhile goal.

11 thoughts on “What is in a name?

  1. tracya January 8, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I think that’s a great name for your blog. I think in life it’s better to achieve “good” rather than chase perfection. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

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  2. Helen Elizabeth January 16, 2015 / 2:28 am

    Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting. Now that I have had the name for a little longer, the name does feel more like the right choice. I was not real confident about it at first.


  3. jacquelinerosamond February 4, 2015 / 3:55 am

    I love your blog name – reminded me of something from my dim and distant past that I read in the Old Testament (don’t worry, I’m not a God-botherer!) in the book of Proverbs about a wife of noble character bringing good, not harm, all the days of her life, and her husband praising her for this. Perhaps your husband meant something close to that? I’ll follow your blog with interest.

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  4. Good Woman February 4, 2015 / 4:01 am

    I love the Biblical reference which to me actually adds more significance to the name, because I am a woman of faith. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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  5. susieshy45 March 8, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Dear Helen
    I came here directed by your post on your 2 month blog anniversary. I wondered about your blog name but now I get it and surely the Biblical reference is what your husband had in mind. I wish my husband would think the same about me- but that is only wishful thinking !

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    • Good Woman April 25, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      My husband was not one who read the Bible so I am not sure if he would have seen that relationship. But I surely like the comparison.


  6. pen2needle May 27, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I love reading about the stories behind blog names and as expected yours did not disappoint. I’m already convinced I must come back for more 🙂


  7. hirundine608 July 15, 2015 / 11:09 am

    My blogging name, email name and many other sites that allow for a nick-name. I choose, hirundine. It is actually in the dictionary. It means quick and precise like a swallow. Which also happens to be the latin family name of the birds we know as swallows. Hirundinae.

    I use it as something to aspire to, not necessarily who or what I am. Like my avatar, the reason for which may be found on my blog “Needle at Sea Bottom”.. So Helen Elizabeth … nice names by the way. “Good Woman”, is something to aspire to, not necessarily who you are. Yet also the more it’s used to the more it fits, like a glove. … Good for you! Cheers Jamie.


  8. Good Woman July 17, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I had been very curious about the name “hirundine” and it’s origin. Thank you for the explanation. “Quick and precise.”


    • hirundine608 July 17, 2015 / 10:04 am

      Actually, after I wrote that and posted. I realized it a better explanation would be “quick and sure”. Like a flying swallow, is really the best way of looking at it. The 608 was because I had already signed up on wordpress.com. Yet did not know what to do with it. Later I tried to regain my username ,but wordpress said it was already taken … yeah, by me! So I added my house number and all was well. I like aspiring to. Not what I believe, I am.

      Try my blog http://needleatseabottom.com for my avatar reasoning. Did I say … “You’re welcome”? Anyway that and thanks for the follow of http://hirundine.com Cheers Jamie.


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