After my recent post about forgetting Shannon’s name it appears that quite a lot of us name their dolls. I am so glad it’s not just me.
Mum was a great one for naming dolls, a lot of my childhood dolls names were suggested by mum. I think that it was mum who suggested Theresa as the name for my first big baby doll. I’m not sure if there was a reason for that. I just remember her saying “Theresa Green”. She had to explain that to me but in my defence I was very young. I don’t think she knew anyone called Theresa, I’m guessing she got it from a book she’d been reading. That’s how she picked my name. Christopher, my big Kader baby got his name because I got him for Christmas.
Well, with that start it was no wonder that Naomi and I named pretty much everything we had as children. We named our dolls and teddies of course but we also named the little people in our farm and zoo sets, the animals, Matchbox cars and even marbles.
Anyway I wondered how all of you choose names for your dolls? Mine come from a variety of places. Sometimes I name them for characters on TV or in books or for people that I know, sometimes it can just be a name that I like that I feel suits the face. The porcelain doll on the right was given to me by my friend Gillian, so that is her name. The boy is Jack, he looks like a Jack. Marilyn, my Pedigree Walker is named after her late owner. I bought Marilyn from eBay and the seller told me that she was selling the collection of a deceased friend named Marilyn. I decided that it would be nice to give her that name. I told the seller and she was pleased because she said that the doll had the same colour hair as her friend.
Some of my Netta dolls are named after indigenous sportswomen like Yvonne Cawley and Cathy Freeman, a baby doll I bought arrived wearing a safari suit so I named him Stevie, after Steve Irwin.
Of course naming the Barbies that appear in these posts is the hardest job of all.There are so many of them and they need surnames which I often forget unless I write them down. I do occasionally give two dolls the same name but that happens in real life all the time, except to me. I never meet people with the same name as me. When I do reuse a name I’ll sometimes spell or pronounce it differently. I have Sarah and Sara, Julia and Juliet and two Rebecca’s although one may get renamed. They are all very different to each other.
I would love to hear some stories about how your dolls got their names. Thanks to Lauren for giving me the idea for this post.