A-Z Alphabet Challenge :The letter Y
That's my last name, don't wear it out
Today is a really fun day for me, becuase I get to write about words, and word origins, and family names and crazy names. I could do this all day and maybe a couple of you might even relate.
My last name is Yates. It is Yates because I married Jim (James) Yates, one of seven Yates children of the Yates' Yateses. What does Yates mean? As if I didn't know, but I shall demean both you and myself by explicating here:
Yates is an Old English surname meaning 'gate-keeper', derived from 'geat' meaning 'gate'. Also denotes someone from Yate.
So we were a bunch of gate keepers.
"WHO GOES THERE?" <--that is our first thing we say
"You are collecting money for the Humane Society? OK! You may enter!"
"You wish to show us how to make soup from a giant Yam? Welcome!"
"You have a large axe and plan to kill all of us? Um, I have to ask my parents."<--we are nothing if not diligent in our younger gatekeeping years.
and then there is Billy Crystal as Miracle Max in movie of The Princess Bride
here below is a great photo I found of the ensemble
cast of The Princess Bride, which I have seen
eighty thousand five million times.
I find this diptych touching and beautiful
You see? That is what a gate keeper does.
So Jim and I got married and were fruitful amd multiplied. There just are never enough Yateses, or
Gatekeepers, even in this economy. You know?
Now my name originally was Baldrige. The Baldriges name derivation is Scottish and Viking. We lived on a Bald Ridge. That is what WE did. We just...we lived on a Bald Ridge.
here is a nice photo of a Bald Ridge.
I liked my name as a kid because I could go first in line a lot of times at school, USING the letter B for my own purposes. Whatever a ten year old kid does when she wants to be first in line. It was a useful name and I liked being part Viking.
Imagine my desolation later on when I became a Yates at picturing all of Jim's family having to wait until the very end, as kids in school, and to be nearly last in line all their lives. Now that part of being a gate keeper sucks. Just my opinion.
Here are some other crazy names I found for you today. Just for fun.
SO unfair! And she is so pretty, too.
well, excuse me if you are shocked. I am but a Bald rige. Nothing shocks US.
and the ultra coolest name of them all:
Now that is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Cute baby too.
Blessings upon you from The Yates family.