April 02, 2010

My Favorite Nickname

We all have nicknames. Some are given to us by family and some by friends.
Some we like and some not so much.

At birth I was given a formal first name, middle name, last name like most babies.
I was not called my first name or my middle name.

I was called a nickname derived from my formal first name by my mother. She still calls me that. Sometimes she calls me Hippie Girl.

As a little girl I was called Persimmon by neighbors and friends. I would climb the persimmon and fig trees and throw the fruit down to the neighbors.

In school I was called a spin off of my last name by fellow students. They turned it into a goofy sounding bird.

There were some who attempted to call me Four Eyes when I started wearing glasses in fourth grade. I said attempted. I had a way of discouraging them quickly.

Of course, there have been some not so nice names along the way, especially by ex-husbands. But they don't count.

Hubby started the nickname of TechnoBabe. So it is special to me.

But the one nickname I cherish is when Hubby calls me Darlin'. I melt. I am putty.
No one had ever called me Darlin' before Hubby. No one. So I didn't know how much I would like it. Funny, huh. I don't know if he even knows how much I like it when he calls me Darlin'. He will now!


terri said...

I'm lucky in that most of the nick names I've been given are nice ones.

I love when my mom calls me Ter-Bear. It's not so much the name, but the way she says it. It makes me feel loved.

I love when my almost 17 year old calls me Mommy. Usually I'm just Mom, but sometimes when she's feeling lovey, it's Mommy.

My husband sometimes calls me She-Rah, a name earned from accomplishing some projects and chores that he didn't think a mere female was capable of on her own.

My best friend calls me Homie. Silly, I know, for a 40 something woman, but the way she says it tells me that I am her best friend, and always will be.

Yeah, nick names can be good!

Jana said...

I have been lucky in this department too…have been given some very nice nicknames growing up…I was thrilled for you when you said that you like the nickname given to you by hubby cos it truly suits you!

Anonymous said...

Mine is 'moro mou', it means 'my baby' in Greek... and sounds so much better being said by a Greek person ;0)

Gappy said...

My youngest calls me 'Mummy Cat' and meows when she wants to cuddle up on my lap.

Beth said...

When I was growing up, my sister and I were called Bread and Butter. We were always together and our names sounded similar. In high school, I earned the nickname Boom Boom. I think it had something to do with being hyper. Some of my adult girlfriends call me Wasabi because I like spicy food. But my favorite is when my husband calls me "My little nerd." I just love that!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Like you, I was given a nickname by my parents derived from my middle name - anyone who has known me from birth until about 6th grade still calls me by that nickname. So it confuses people that only know me by my first name - which can be fun. :)

Darlin' definitely is a meltable nickname - very cool that's what your hubby calls you! :)

Have a great weekend - and Happy Easter! :)

Brian Miller said...

i call T...baba. really it has no meaning other than what is in between us...

secret agent woman said...

My family is big on nicknames, often variants of our real names, and I do the same with my kids. But I also call them things like Honey and Sweetie and Punkin, and they often call my Mommy instead of Mom when they are feeling affectionate. But like you, I especially love the endearments - oddly enough both my ex-husband and my ex-boyfriend called me Bunny. And Sugar from my most recent love melted me every time.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Oh, how I love "Darlin'!" That just melted my heart a little bit!! My hubs calls me "Baby." Not very original, but it still makes me weak in the knees, so I guess it'll do!!

Thanks for sharing this! Have a great weekend!

TechnoBabe said...

Hi Terri. I like Ter-Bear. Moms get to pick cool names for their kids. I called my kids different names and they loved it.

Hello Jana, Thank you for your kind comment.

ED, how cool, in Greek, wowza!! It sounds better in Greek huh.

Gappy, my kids still call each other our family nicknames when they are together. Like your youngest there is a sentimentality that carries into adulthood.

Beth, I really like the Bread and Butter names. And Boom Boom does sound strong and active.There is just something about the nickname our loves call us, huh.

Stacy, we have the name confusion thing in common in that people who knew me as a youngster called me one name and a different name as an adult.

Brian, T sounds like a wonderful woman and I know your private names for each other are special.

secret agent woman,that is actually nice to have two people call you the same nickname. Sugar is right up there with darlin'!

Anything Fits, I think the melting heart can happen just because the person we love is calling us a name that means something sweet.

DJan said...

When I was young I was called "Sunshine" but I don't remember any other endearments, other than "Ma" from my son...

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

That is awesome, I have none,.. boo, other than drama and sassy but I created those my self, maybe you can help me come up with one,......

Wait I had one in high school, for a breif time,.. it started with a T and refrence my larage chest, boy are vile at times,.. boys and their boobs or Ta Ta's

Jeanie said...

My mom called me "Ladybug". Jeanie is a nickname , of sorts, from my middle name, Jean. Doc calls the dog "Honey", but just calls me Jeanie. I love the "Darlin'" has a very southern feel.

Syd said...

I like what you write about your relationship with your husband. It sounds very special.

Kristina P. said...

My family calls me Tina. I hate it. But they are the only ones who can get away with it.

My husband was writing an email last week, to his family, and he referred to me as Tina. And his sister addressed a letter to me as Tina. I was NOT happy. I made him erase it.

jill said...

How sweet!!

Mine is "Bean". I had some friends when I was 21 who gave me that nickname and since there have only been a handful of people who have called me that (mostly boyfriends) and my hubby. If he calls me by my real name, it's either because we're out in public, or I'm in trouble! ;-)

Anonymous said...

You are such a sweety, seriously.

It always feels great when people give us nie nicknames because it's a way to show us how much they care about us. :)

Jeni said...

My given name is Jennifer and most everyone in my family -aunts, uncles, cousins -always called me that, still do. I hated the name! Just never felt it was me, ya know. Gradually, through my school years, friends shortened it to Jen or occasionally, in high school to Jenny. I changed the spelling to "Jeni" when Lyndon Johnson's daughter was introduced to the country and she used the spelling of "Luci" for her name so a friend suggested I adopt that spelling too. I had a few other nicknames -mostly not ones I liked back then. But the name "Jeni" is one I like very much now as I remember I was named, in essence, for my Dad's mother who died when I was a little over 2 years of age. Her name was Janet though some family records list her as Jeanette, but she was always called Jenny. When I was in high school, our Home Ec teacher commented the first day of our class in my junior year that when she would see me, she never thought of me as Jennifer, but rather as "Jenny Nelson" -which was my Grammie's maiden name. I was kind of taken aback with what this teacher said, but it sort of struck a chord. Years later, as I got really interested in family tree stuff, the name Jeni really hit me more as I learned more about what a great woman my Grammie had been. And to think someone thought of her when they heard my name -well, that cemented it in my mind then.
But today, the names -besides my nickname derived from my given name -that I love are the names the people I love the best call me -Mom, Grammie J or just plain Gram!
Happy Easter -and Peace!

Julie said...

I love all of your nicknames, especially Technobabe. I guess it's because that is how I "know" you...through your beautiful blog. I have a lot of nicknames, too. Everybody has a nickname back home. When I first moved away to a place where everybody called me by my first name, it felt weird.

Mama Zen said...

This is sweet!

I think TechoBabe is an awesome nickname!

Kitty Moore said...

Your nicknames were all pretty inoffensive - but it's lovely that your hubby is responsible for your favourite one

Land of shimp said...

Hello, hello! Catching up on posts here. I wanted to comment that it never struck me as incongruous that you are a mother and a grandmother going by Technobabe. I thought it was rather wonderful, actually, still do.

My parents named me specifically to avoid any derivatives. I don't know precisely what they had against nicknames, or shortened names, but they were foursquare against it.

Naturally I've had a huge variety of nicknames throughout my life -- none bestowed by them, or used by them they were true to their proper naming ways -- and to this day, my husband so rarely refers to me by my first name, it always startles me when he does.

He generally calls me Woo. Yup. My parents would be appalled, I'm sure :-)

Unknown Mami said...

That's so sweet! I like it when my husband calls me pet names. Sometimes he calls me Butt Brole and I don't even mind that one. It makes me laugh.

Just Breathe said...

My dad calls me peanut!

otin said...

Hubby has it easy, you tell him what you like right here!

Kazzy said...

My dad still calls me Princess, even though i am 46 years old!

blueviolet said...

I love that he calls you darlin' and that it means so much. Very, very sweet!

TechnoBabe said...

DJan, I want to resurrect your nickname of Sunshine! You definitely are like sunshine.

Sassy Pants, your nickname should be energizer bunny or something full of energy like that.

Jeanie, do you want me to write a letter Doc telling him to think of a special love nickname for you? I will. Smile.

Syd, thanks for hearing the deep special parts of the posts when I write about hubby. Yes it is special.

Kristina, good for you to let people your boundaries concerning your name. Kristina is a beautiful name.

Jill, now I know where your old blog name came from, Bean. You crack me up, your hubby only calls you your real name if you're in trouble. Haha.

Maggie, you are exactly right, I think nicknames are given with lots of love.

Jeni, I can certainly understand the feeling of happiness the name connection with your grammie. I know she must have been a wonderful woman.

Julie, thanks for the nice comment.
I think nicknames have a way of making some people just a little more comfy and cozy with each other.

Mama Zen, I thought TechnoBabe was a fun name and it sure has helped me with the fun in writing posts.

Kitty Moore, thanks for visiting. I do like my nicknames.

Land of Shimp, so cool. Woo. See we have ways of having something special with someone by using a nickname.

Hi Margie, There was a TV show way way before your time called My Little Margie. I think Sweet Little Margie is perfect for you. Of course husband calling you Sweetheart is special because it is his sweet voice saying it to you.

Unknown Mami, you have one of the best sense of humors on the blogosphere. I so admire that about you.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I like your nicknames. I don't like my first name. I've never felt like a Tracey and my nickname Tray made me feel like an ashtray. Yuck!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!


TechnoBabe said...

Just Breathe, Peanut is a great nickname. Good for your dad.

Otin, hi, Hubby did not know how his calling me Darlin' affected me or how much it meant to me till he read this.

Kazzy, Hugs to you for having a great dad who gave you a loving nickname.

Blueviolet, hi. You know how mushy I am and how much I appreciate all the fun things about love.

GEM, I think you should go with the nickname GEM which is how I write your shortened blog name. Because you are indeed a gem.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

This is a nice post :) I'd put up an entry in response for this.

Thanks :)

Spencer L Casey said...

When my love and I got engaged it became clear she didn't like using the word fiance. She just doesn't like the way it sounds. So, she would introduce me as her lover. 14 years later we still call each other lover. It bugs some folks, but reminds me of our enduring passion for each other so I don't care.

In school I was called Frankie and Lurch by the local bullies. I hated it.

My math/science teacher called me The Man because I was the top problem solver and he liked to bet me sodas on whether or not I could get a question right. "Let's see if The Man can do it," he would say. Loved that man.



anne h said...

I get called names, but not good ones, I fear.
Only recently though.
And oddly, only by bloggers.
Good names are cool, though!

Everyday Goddess said...

Awww, I love that!

My guy Bill calls me Bunny. I love it too.

Ina in Alaska said...


My husband's nickname for me is "Bud" We have been married for 22 years and I hate the nickname but have never asked him not to call me Bud. :( Many other better things to argue about with him!! xoxo

LL Cool Joe said...

I don't have any nicknames and I never have really. I'm fine with that. :D

Oh I get get called Joe Cool quite a bit. :D

TechnoBabe said...

Shadowthorne, thanks for the nice comment. Hugs to you.

SLC, what a cool story about your teacher encouraging you and using a great nickname. I know what your lover felt, I had a hard time introducing hubby as then "boyfriend" and then as fiance later. You both rock to know what you like and love each other with the name lover.

Anne, name calling hurts. I am sorry if someone calls you a name that isn't nice. I will think of one for you! There are so many because you accomplish so much.

Everyday Goddess, Bunny is sweet and look how much it means to you when Bill calls you Bunny. Nice.

Hi Ina, You should email Ron and tell him how you like being called Sweetie or something that he could relate to and remember. That's what I do when I want hubby to really "hear" something from me.

LL Joe Cool, See, you did get called a nickname. Pretty cool!

Joanna Jenkins said...

There is something about a man calling his woman Darlin' that is so sweet and enduring :-)

And you're right, ex-husbands do not count, ever.


PS My word verification is romance!!!!! Honest!

Joanna Jenkins said...

PS Congrats on your mention at Eddie Bluelights'. Eternally Distracted.


Bernie said...

I was the youngest of six siblings and I was nicknamed Babe, believe me that was a very long time ago before everyone started using it, it still is special when my brothers and sisters say "Babe" I love it........:-)Hugs

gayle said...

That's so sweet that you love your hubby's nick name for you!!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Yes, those nicknames that come from love are so wonderful! My childhood name from my dad was Sam. Only one cousin still calls me that and my heart sings every time I hear it.
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Happy Easter!

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Fancy said...

Happy Easter, Technobabe! (Oh, what a lovely name!)

lisleman said...

I had a few nicknames as a kid but nothing stuck.
At this point I'm just very happy to be called for dinner.

Lola Sharp said...

I love special nicknames from special people, and I love that you love that he calls you darlin'.
It's endearing and romantic.

Happy Easter, TB!

LadyFi said...

I think that Persimmon is an adorable nickname!

Kathy M. said...

My husband calls me sugerplum. I've never been called sugerplum by anyone. Nor have I ever heard anyone else being called sugarplum. I love it. It feels like it belongs to me.

Hilary said...

That's so sweet. It's amazing what the right nickname from the right person will do.

Marla said...

Same here! When Bob calls me darlin, I melt. Most of the time, he calls me Martha. I have no idea why. He just always has.

Mrs4444 said...

I always felt special that my dad nicknamed me Blondie (I was the only blond of nine kids). He also coined the name Barbara Jean, the Talking Machine when I was five (I have no idea why!HAHAHA)

I like Darling, too...