Same Name Game – Part 1 – Discovery

Age four drawing - Jessica - 1977Little did my mother know that as the years progressed the name Jessica would become one of the most popular names given to females born in North America from 1980 onwards and across the Atlantic in the UK after the new millenium. Until reaching grade 10, I had not met nor heard of another Jessica. How odd it was around age 16 (1989) to hear someone calling out the name Jessica in a shopping mall or park and turn to see a toddler running by. Growing up it was impossible to find any trinket, be it a pencil or sign that bore the name Jessica. My mom and I created our own. The drawing on the left I drew and printed at age four (1977). It is the earliest drawing I have of mine (showing both front and back). Upon entering my late teens the stores became flooded with Jessica printed on everything! Whoah! My mom bought me the pencils and the standard bedroom door sign.

Jessica has its own wiki page. Whenever one does a search for Jessica in any search engine, more than likely it will return Jessica Simpson or Jessica Alba pages. How do other Jessica’s compete with Hollywood Jessica’s? By choosing a domain name displaying their full given name. My full name and country of origin are visable and hence recognizable just from http://jessicadoyle.ca to anyone searching the web. What was unexpected back in Septemebr 2004 when I first registered http://jessicadoyle.ca, that there are actually other Jessica Doyle’s lurking about waiting to steal my lime light. Well, no, they are not stealing my lime light but they are competing with me for top search results on google. Simply type in Jessica Doyle, click and view the results. I’m happy to say that http://jessicadoyle.ca comes up in the top three search results, 99% of the time. The First Lady of Wisconsin seems to be my major competitor in search engine rankings. After all Jessica stands for forsight and clairvoyance. Maybe I will add my name to the wiki someday.

Jessicadoyle.ca began as my artsist portfolio site. The original two sites have since been removed completely from the server. They were nice, but they were static. People would stop by once and never again. This was upsetting – I wanted interaction. How delighted I was back in February of this year to discover blogs and more importantly how they worked behind the scenes – an epiphany! I spent the next four weeks researching, reading and learning all I could about Movable Type, WordPress and even tryed my hand at Drupal, however the latter was too advanced for my comprehension of content management systems and what I needed to use it for. I decided on WordPress which is classified as a Blogging CMS after testing thoroughly the live demos provided by Open Source CMS. It seemed natural for Jessicadoyle.ca to make the move to a CMS from a staitic website. I have been creating content for nearly 30 years. I knew of blogs, read blogs yet was stumped on how they worked. Truth be told I was growing tired of writing and/or drawing daily, year after year, not having any forum to share my creations through. WordPress cought my eye early on and held my attention – it powers my blog. And what a beautiful CMS it is đŸ˜‰ Into the unkown I journeyed. You can read my first post here.

How happy am I to have found a new Medium to express myself with; to create anew and recreate past works into a digital reality through linking, clicking, learning, sharing, submitting, commenting, coding, feeding and growing. The name game begins… how fun! This is like discovering crayons for the first time. How has blogging affected you?

Part two of Same Name Game coming soon – Name tags and worth

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5 thoughts on “Same Name Game – Part 1 – Discovery

  1. After 34 years of life with the name Meaghan, I actually met another Meaghan for the first time ever, at the Orlando Airport. She was a TSA official. We were both overjoyed to meet another “Meaghan” in real-life, since it was a first for both of us.

    As for this:”Growing up it was impossible to find any trinket, be it a pencil or sign that bore the name Jessica.” — Ya tell me about it. Try finding one with Meaghan and always getting such items with “Megan” engraved on it instead.

    Of course, she didn’t pronounce it the same way as my parents insist that it be pronounced. In my case the A after ME is supposed to make the E long, and H after the G is supposed to make the G soft – so it’s supposed to be pronounced “Meehan”.

    But I long ago gave up on trying to get people to pronounce the name properly — and rarely even bother to correct people on the spelling.

    Note to parents thinking of naming their children. Please give them names that are slightly more common than mine, don’t rhyme with “Peegan” when not pronounced correctly, and for which your child will be saddled with a lifetime of having to answer to a different name, than the one they actually got.

    For example – the Meaghan at the Orlando Airport TSA pronounced her name Megan, and I have answered to Megan 100 times for everytime that I have answered to Meaghan.

  2. Wow… Glad to hear from you Meaghan. I don’t believe I have met a Meaghan either. Nice to meet you.

    My mother’s name is Louella. That is another tuff one that often gets mispelled as Lowella. She was great in the fact of informing my teachers in grade school to address me as Jessica, not Jess or Jessie.

    Rhyming for kids can be so much fun, however the person being ryhmed will carry those ryhmed names with them forever in memory.

  3. I have never met anyone that had the same name as me. It comes from the fact that my parents are Indian, but I have lived in European and American countries since my birth.

    One of the reasons that I use my nickname, that I got when I was 8 in France, to this day as my nickname online, is because my name is so unique. I am sure that in India, there are thousands of people with a name like mine.

  4. I like the nickname range. Works well over a broad range of applications. doh. Yeah it is cool to have a good online nickname. I am beginning to use vanesica and EastVanEsica more and more because if you search for those I’m all you will find. :)

    Ah… living in Europe sounds exciting. Range does work well when said in french or english. I have many french family who say my name as such:

    giss -eeeee – ka.

    instead of english sounding I’s and E’s they become french sounding I’s and E’s in total reverse of english.

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