My Fiance, Andrew.



Time for some random funny stories about Angel and his name:

There was some confusion about Angel's identity the first time he visited me in Malaysia when we got engaged. Some of my friends who heard of him found it hard to believe that "Angel" was really his name, and a rumor was started that actually, his name was Andrew. Because Andrew kind of sounds like Angel, right?

So, at our engagement party, we received more than a few cards addressed to Rachel and Andrew.

When my sister Anna found out that Angel didn't have a middle name, she bestowed upon him her favorite name of all time, taken from a character in a book, so now Angel is officially known as Angel Geoffrey G.

All too often, Angel introducing himself meets with a variety of comments:

"Is that your real name?"

"No, really, what's your real name?"

"You must be quite an ANGEL to have a name like that!"

"Isn't that a girl's name?"

*Someone immediately breaking into a song that includes the word angel in the lyrics*

And, the ever present,

"Oh, I know someone else named Angel." Which of course proves how cultured and educated in the ways of mankind the person is--look, this isn't the first time they've heard such a name. Sometimes they bring up the pro golfer, Angel Cabrera.

Or...

They say that they have a grandson-in-law from El Salvador (which clearly makes them experts on all matters involving Spanish-speaking people groups) and proceed to ask Angel if he moved to Michigan to be a farmhand and work in the onion fields.

Angel doesn't mind much. He tells the people who doubt that it's his real name: "It's my stripper name." And he points out that everyone who makes a joke about his name seems to think that they are hilariously original--but they're not. He's heard it all before. He would also like to point out that Gabriel and Michael, the named angelic beings in the Bible, are traditionally used as male names.

All this to say...it's enough to make me grateful for having one of the oldest and most common female names of all time. Also, Rachel doesn't rhyme with anything, and almost no one sings songs about Rachel. It's an awesome name. And no, there will never be an Angel the Third in our family. What jokes have people made about your name?

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Also, on the topic of misunderstanding, anything in this post was a complete and utter fib--in fact, all of it is pretty much the precise opposite of anything Angel and I are likely to actually do. My Dad's birthday is April 1st, so I always feel duty-bound to celebrate it in style.

42 comments:

  1. I love that it is his stripper name! LOL

    I used to be called Suzie-Q by my Grandma, but no one else dared call me that. I can't stand it when someone calls me Susan or Sue. It's Suzanne and I like it like that, a French name my Mom chose for me.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. Do you even remember the collect call commercials with Ava Save-alot? I would get that a lot even though my name is pronounced Eva with an E not an A. Everyone thought they were so original when they'd call me that.

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  3. True fact, however, my husband does not have a middle name, and since we give all the cats middle names, we gave him one too. It is actually the same middle name (Patrick) as our cat, who is named Angel!

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  4. Oh man, he really does get some odd reactions!! Fortunately, my name is also not too easy to make fun of... though some people like to rhyme it with America, which makes no sense at all since I'm not from any American country.
    Malcolm usually gets a reply with something to do with Malcolm in the Middle, or now that we're in Germany and it's not at all a common name, he gets Markus, Martin, Michael... anything with an M really. Oh, and Ahmed once.

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  5. So does he pronounce it as in angels in the sky or does he pronounce it as anhel? PS I don't know someone named Angel. I love unique names.

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  6. What! People are so weird about names. But I like the casual, "It's my stripper name," response. That's great. ANGEL IS A FRIKIN' COOL NAME THOUGH MAN.

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  7. Kudos to him for the stripper name comeback!

    But working in the onion fields? Really?

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  8. I completely understand this. My maiden name is Nutt. You can imagine the jokes I heard growing up. Pretty much the same ones over and over. Not to mention "Charlene" is not very common nor is "Pearson" we've had a few jokes.

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  9. My sister's name is also Rachel, and she was thrilled one day to find out there was an old country song called "Jacob's Ladder" with her/your name in it!

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  10. Angel Geoffrey has a nice ring to it -lol :) Aww happy birthday to your dad!! Happy Hump Day Rachel! -Iva

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  11. Hehehehehe. "Butt" is my maiden name. It's German. I was the "butt" of maaaaaany jokes. My Mom still shocks people when she calls her kids to gather, "Hey, all my cute Butts, get in the van!" I had a friend when I was seven who wasn't allowed to say "that word" so she called my parents "Shaylee's Mom & Dad", even when addressing them directly. :D

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  12. Hahaha too funny! It's good he's learned to handle it...that can be tough when it comes to something you're stuck with - like a name! I've never had anyone make fun of my name, Elizabeth is pretty standard. I do like to say that I am named after queens and movie stars though!

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  13. My middle name is Louise- so I get geez louise from Joe a lot. I try not to tell too many other people about it!

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  14. People are crazy about different names lol it sounds like he has a great attitude about it though!

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  15. I never got teased because of my name "Megan", but I've had a love/hate relationship with it my whole life because it seems like there's a MILLION Megan's in the world. Wherever I go, there's a Megan. I actually stopped responding in public when someone says "Megan" because nine times out of 10, the call wasn't for me.

    My mom swears "Megan" was a very uncommon name when I was born, but it's too common for me now!

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  16. hahaha. that's pretty funny! Nobody ever joked about my first name, but after I married Josh and became a Cramer then all of the sudden I started getting Seinfeld jokes thrown at me. I just try and make them feel dumb by reminding them that Kramer on Seinfeld is with a K and I'm with a C. duhhhh.

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  17. I used to get a lot of jokes about "Mary and Martha" because Mary is my mom's name! It got sooooooo old.

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  18. Ooh yeah I feel his pain. It's funny how many people think I've said my name is Linda when I introduce myself. And when I worked retail and had to wear a name tag, I had people ask me if some of the letters fell off.

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  19. Hahahaha... his stripper name... that's awesome! I get the classic and hilarious "a man... DUH!" Oh my gosh how clever that is! -_- lol

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  20. Oh the joys of having a somewhat unique name...I wish I could tell people "Angi" is my stripper name, haha!

    I've never gotten teased or anything, but I used to CONSTANTLY have people asking me what Angi is short for. Most of the time, people assume it's short for Angela (which means they spell my name "Angie") but every so often I'll get an, "Is that short for Angelica?" (???)

    Nope. My mom just liked the nickname version of Angela/Angelica/Angelina and ran with it.

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  21. "That"s my stripper name" ---hahaha!!

    For years (glad that hasn't happened in a long time), when I told people that my name was Whitney; they would respond with Whitney Houston. :-| However, people did make fun of my maiden name a lot. :-(

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  22. I've gotten a lot of the Angel comments too.. which is just weird since my name is Angela--not Angel. So I semi-feel his pain... but he's definitely had worse I'm sure.

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  23. I'm surprised people don't believe him when he tells them his name:) He sounds like he has a really good sense of humor. People used to always mispronounce my name in grade school. I still don't get why. I love how your names compliment each other:)

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  24. ha ha, I totally get it. I get so many comments about the name Miki (Mickey), immediately I get Mickey Mouse or "Hey Miki you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind hey miki!" I actually really don't mind it either, I should use Angel's line and start saying it's my stripper name! I love that. I did have a friend in high school that introduced me to her parents, they both giggled and said Miki can't be your real name!

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  25. The stripper name response is so so perfect. Amazing. My maiden name was "Lindsey." yeah, we got some wedding cards that said, "Congratulations Jim & Lindsey!" Say wha????

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  26. Hmm, what interesting stories about his name :)

    People always pronouce mine Car-o-line, when it is Car-o-lynn. Does not annoy me, but annoys my mother, who always blurts out "I named you Carolynn, not Caroline, make sure they say it right"

    Tell Angel I've never met anyone with that name, and I'll try hard not to ask any of these questions if I ever meet him. I'm sure my husband will ask them for me, anyway.

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  27. Oh my, his stripper name??? Too funny! I get asked what's my real name too, probably because I'm a Buddhist and a coach, and "sage" is also a title for a wise person. But nope, it's my real name.

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  28. This is the absolute cutest story!!! My name is Kim. Real name Kimberly. But spelled Kimberley on my birth certificate, but obviously my parents forgot that and have spelled it wrong, um, always? And I prefer Kimberly (however it's spelled) over Kim, but even when we move, it never sticks. So Kim it is.

    But I can't seem to pronounce my own name correctly since nobody understands me when I say it. Which makes no sense since it is the worlds easiest name to pronounce. I should go by my middle name: Anne. :))

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  29. Hahah "that's actually my stripper name"- he's such a good sport! I don't think Angel is that crazy of a name, that's nuts everyone has such a reaction! My name is pronounced "Marilyn" but people usually read it as "Marlene" or (i kid you not) "Merlin", and when I correct them a lot of the times they *challenge me*. Like, "that's not how you spell Marilyn."

    Oh, okay, thanks for letting me know I've been mispronouncing my name my whole life, haha.

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  30. the best part of having a unique name must be all the fun stories you get out of it -even though, you seem to get good stories out of just about anything :) i'd give a pinky to have a name more unique than, well, you know my name...

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  31. No one has made fun of my name either- heck you and I share the same. I know a woman whose husbands name is Angel and so she named the first son of her set of boy twins Angel jr. so apparently they didn't mind.

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  32. Haha! You crack me up!
    Debbie
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  33. Sorry- missed a couple of days. Congratulations on the house! I can not wait to see pictures!
    I have grown up my entire life with the same common jokes about my name. "Paige turn the page." "Paige...like in a book." "Did you 'PAIGE' me?" Calling in an order is a complete waste. No one ever understands. I have picked up orders under "Cage", "Tage", "Sage", "Faye", "Kay", and, my favorite, "Taid". It's crazy. :)

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  34. I love it!

    We went to a family wedding (Zeke's cousin was getting married) and Zeke called THE GROOM by the wrong name. He was all, "Congratulations, Isaac!" to which the groom said, "Um, it's Ben."

    I rolled on the floor laughing (in my head).

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  35. People hear me wrong on the phone, when I introduce myself at work. The best I've heard yet; Kiwi. Wha?!
    For the record, I don't know anyone with the name Angel and technically I stiiiill don't. So to me, it is very original and it's great having an original name!

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  36. "It's my stripper name." -- Best. response. ever.

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  37. I really like this post Rachel. Giving things away instead of selling them is definitely something I can work on more. It always feels good to help someone out!

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  38. I can relate to this. I get a lot of Star Wars jokes.

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  39. I love it. 'proves how cultured and educated in the ways of mankind the person is' haha he sounds clever and takes it all in good stride..

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  40. Andrew?! Oh my gosh that is too much!! Thankfully my husband and I have common names - Matt and Laura. Although my sister's school play was this weekend,and my mom put a little note in the program from our family wishing her luck, but when we got to the play on Friday night and looking in the program, it said: "Good luck Emily! Love, Mom, Dad, Laura, and Mary." Mary! Instead of Matt! Heck of a typo! :-)

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  41. I'm glad Angel can take it in stride. He has such a good nature.

    I usually get some kind of "Charlotte's Web" comment, which doesn't bother me. I often get compliments, which doesn't hurt either. The only thing about my name that irks me is when people can't spell it! I usually get "Charolette". Char-o-lette? Nope. Then, when I spell my name for them, they ask, "Oh, is that the usual spelling?" Yes. It's only spelled one way people!

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