Picking a Blog Name, Part Three
(To read Part One, click here)
So, I finally decided to use my own name as my blog site name. Not a lotta sizzle in that, but at least it was safe, and after my Mitchellaneous misadventure, safe was starting to sound pretty sweet! Also, since I’m literally the only Mitch Teemley on the planet, it was a guaranteed dot com. The only problem was that it didn’t say anything. Or did it? I decided to do some research on my name.
Mitch is short for Mitchell, which according to every baby book in existence, except one, is a variation on the name Michael (“godlike”). The one exception says it’s Old Syrian for “little loaf of bread.” Hmm, Godlike + Bread = “Spiritual Sustenance!” Whoa! How profound can you get?
Teemley isn’t in the name books because it’s made-up. Well, sure, all names are made-up. But Teemley only goes back to the 1800s. Why? It turns out my great-great grandfather, the first Teemley, was, ahem, illegitimate. For awhile, he used the name Dimler, which was probably his (untraceable) mother’s last name.
Interestingly, Dimler is derived from the word tumlen (lit. to “tumble”), medieval German for “traveling entertainer.” So we’re descended from a tribe 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 showy Dimlers evolved into salt-of-the-earth farmers, and the name Dimler evolved into Teemley (which is close to the way Dimler is pronounced in German).
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 and Maybe Grow a Little Corn on the Side.” Talk about originality! Talk about pregnant with meaning! Talk about—
Nah, I don’t buy it either.
Nevertheless, I decided to stick with my name for the blog title. Which meant I would need a more thematic subtitle. We’ll talk about that next time.
Signing off for now, your friend Mitch,
a.k.a. the Godlike Little Loaf of Bread
To read Part Four, click here.