Picking a Blog Name, Part Three
OK, so I lied. My name isn’t your gateway to anything. But it is both original and safe—which, after my Mitchellaneous experience, seemed important! Plus, since I’m literally the only Mitch Teemley on the planet, it was a guaranteed dot com, dot net, dot whatevah! The only problem was, it didn’t say anything. Or did it? I decided to do some research…
Mitch is short for Mitchell, which according to every baby book in existence—except one—is a variation on the name Michael. Which means “godlike.” The one exception says it’s Old Syrian for “little loaf of bread.” Hmm, Godlike + Bread = “Spiritual Sustenance!” Whoa! How deep can you get? We’re on our way to something really profound here, folks! Now, let’s take a look at that last name.
Teemley isn’t in the name books because it’s made-up. Well, sure, all names were made up at some point. But Teemley doesn’t go that far back, and it doesn’t jive with any traditional spelling because it was swapped for the name Dimler during the 1800s. Why?
No one knows. Interestingly, though, I discovered Dimler was derived from tumlen (to “tumble” or “romp”), medieval German for “traveling entertainer.” And Tumlen sounds a lot like Teemley. So…
It turns out we’re descended from a bunch of traveling entertainers! (The Dimler family tree never intersects with Daimler, by the way, which is German for “traveling in a really expensive car”—damn.) But somehow, herkily-jerkily, those hammy Tumlens evolved into stocky shopkeeper Dimlers and then, finally, Teemleys.
So my search for meaning resulted in this rich definition: “A Godlike Little Loaf of Bread That Has Traveled All the Way from Medieval Germany to Entertain You.” Talk about originality! Talk about being pregnantly poignant with meaning! Talk about—
Nah, I don’t buy it either.
Nevertheless, I decided to stick with my own name for the blog title. Which meant I would need a more thematic subtitle. We’ll talk about that next time in:
The Power of Story (Picking a Blog Name, Part Four).
Godlike Little Loaf of Bread