What’s in a Name?

Undoubtedly my favourite book as a child was one which Mother passed on to us. It had an off-white hardback cover and the heroine was called Roberta. She was the ultimate tomboy, just like me, and would only answer to Bobby.

The fairy door out the Anne Valley, with ‘Bobby’ on it always makes me think of the umpteen times I read that book and longed to be called Bobby. I had notions of calling a baby girl, if I ever had one, Bobby and certainly not Roberta. I wonder how that would have gone down!

The book is still with me but so well stashed away that I can’t quite remember where.

I’d love to meet the Bobby of the door creation. I imagine she has short curly fair hair, freckles and is wearing shorts, sandals and a raggedy T-Shirt in this weather. No doubt, she has a big dog and is part of a gang of young lads who admire her courage, daring and wild achievements.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

20 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?”

  1. In the U.S., we have many girls called Bobby. Nickname for Barbara is Bobby or Barby, but I see nothing wrong with it as a name for a girl. I do love how books influence us in so many ways.

  2. Hi Jean,

    Thanks for a trip down memory lane. I have so many fond memories of books I loved as a child. Like you, I had a very vivid imagination and could lose myself in my stories.


  3. What a lovely thought! And my mother’s good friend from years ago is called Bobbi (makes it more “girlie” I guess with an i instead of a y ๐Ÿ˜‰

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