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J is for Jocelyn

J Letter (2)

My family is laced with J names.

A “J” mom who named us four kids J’s. Three of whom married J’s. Who named some of their kids J’s. Who are naming some of their kids J’s.

What were we thinking?

A couple months ago, I emailed all the J’s – nervously excited to announce my new blog. Within minutes, I received a SHOUTING email response from Jocelyn:


It turns out Jocelyn No-Relation-With-The-Same-Last-Name is, and my nephew is I erroneously omitted the “c” when I typed my nephew’s email address.

I emailed my nephew to tell him about it. His response?

Jocelyn doesn’t want to be part of OUR J’s? She has no idea what she’s missing!”


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Comments on: "J is for Jocelyn" (47)

  1. LOL, she doesn’t know what she’s missing at all. I’m sure she didn’t have to shout though! That’s an e-mail I would have responded to in a funny (ha ha) way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Wow, over-the-top reaction or what? The members of my cousin’s family are all “J”‘s, too.

    • It is a little disconcerting when I receive an unexpected email; maybe she was having trouble with someone else and overreacted. Thanks for stopping, Maggie.

  3. Wow, she’s a touchy one isn’t she?
    I had a friend in high school whose family also had all their names start with J. Lots of nice names start with J!
    So, you’re not really ‘Sammy’ then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Hah! Thanks for the laugh. She’s probably missing a lot.

  5. Haha, that made me chuckle oh well I am a J, for Justine, my youngest a J for josh, but no others…not to confuse the issue hehe

  6. At least you have a variety of J names. When doing my family tree , my dad’s ancestors all shared the same name back to the 17 century. No wonder no-one had attempted to do it before. Since knowing that, we make an extra special effort to use other letters and I could do an A to Z on our names….well almost!!

    • Back to the 17th century?? Now that’s taking it to an extreme! Although I bet the sheer number of name choices has grown through the centuries, so maybe they thought they had limited choices!

      • For sure… least it stood the test of time. Besides all the oldfashioned names make a comeback eventually. one day mine will be trendy again, although I won’t hold my breath in anticipation ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh my, how funny!! My oldest daughter and her 3 kids all begin with “H”. I get so tongue tied sometimes…LOL

    • Yup, you know what I’m talking about. My grandmother finally gave up and called us all “whatcha ma call it”

      • LOL..I can so relate!! My grand kids must think Grandma is a bit, well you know, confused! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. That’s super funny – reminds me of people who use the caller ID functions on cell phones. For some reason, I’ve gotten a couple of calls from random people demanding “WHO IS THIS???” because apparently my number showed up on their phones as a “missed call” (but I didn’t call them – mysterious!). Lol! I have an uncle who named my cousins Hanna, Heather and Heidi…at least they are alphabetical by age! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Marci – that is very strange about your phone # when you didn’t call them. I’ve never understood the people who call back like that. If the caller’s call was important, they would have left a voicemail. Or maybe someone just dialed the wrong #. We can all be so strange in our behavior (with or without J or H names!!) Thanks for you comments; I always enjoy hearing from you.

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  10. I always thought people who named their kids with the same letters were goofy until I had kids and did the same thing. I like it and I always tell them-it’s cheaper for monogramming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That’s funny. Maybe she was like me..the other day I was writing to someone who was helping me figure out this challenge…I started writing small but ended up in caps cause for the life of me I couldn’t find my glasses. I apologized in caps and explained. LOL.

  12. Another day, another smile. Thanks, you are so bemuzin. I hated having one of the most popular names of girls in the day. Everyone was Kathy, Linda, Mary or Gary, Michael, and Rick. I swore my kids were going to have different names. And they do. And it works. If they are good, people remember them, if they are bad they will never escape, but you don’t even have to use their last name because everyone knows who you are talking about.

    • Thank you so much for your support and comments. You mean a lot to me.

      I wasn’t sure whether you were linda and the ending “lh” was initials or whether your name was a much more exotic lindalh (which is what I imagined you being).

      Great story about your kids’ names. Would love to hear their perspective on having distinct names LOL We all want what we don’t have ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Well you are right, the lh is/was exactly that, my initials, but now the h is an a. I have spelled it many ways through my life to distinguish myself from other L’s. but now it is lla as in la la la la la, which is perfect. Amazingly my children were okay with it. They have names that couldn’t be turned into nicknames as well, but of course other kids found ways to add different endings or totally switch it to something else. It’s interesting because only my oldest married a man with a “regular name” , the other two found unusually named people, and all of them carried on the tradition by going a little off the beaten track with their kids as well. It must have worked well for them me thinks.

      • Kids always manage a way to turn a name into a nickname or a whole other name. That is interesting about the names of your kids spouses.

        I haven’t decided what I’m going to call you. LLH is now LLA and lindalh is lindall and you are really linda. Ever been called Lindy?

  13. Well, as you know I have a J name too, so you could have included me if you’d wanted ๐Ÿ˜€
    My children are all different letters, but I always got confused with the boys, going through each one before arriving at the one I wanted! I blame it on the fact that they are all 2 syllable names. And now my brain mixes up my son (Erin) with a grandson (Ethan) I’m ALWAYS calling Ethan Erin – he thinks I am hilarious! Lovely funny post Sammy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jude xx

    • Too funny – Erin and Ethan. Your son probably understands and your grandson thinks “what’s wrong with HER?”

      What we do to ourselves through the generations. My sister tells me she constantly called her daughter by MY name while her daughter was growing up, even though her daughter’s name is nothing like mine!!

      • It’s weird isn’t it. I knew what name I wanted to say, but a different one would come out. Sometimes after going through them all I’d resort to one of the cat’s names! Then they’d all fall about laughing. I wasn’t even OLD then!

        There has to be some subliminal connection ๐Ÿ˜€

      • LOL Now the cats are going “WTF?!?”

        I think if I were you, I’d just be humming “Hey Jude” whenever your mind goes blank. Make it all about YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I like the way you think ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. lv2trnscrb said:

    Visiting from A/Z; how cute with all the “J’s” and the typo and the confusion of that; but just by reading this one post of your’s, I am kind of wishing my first name started with a “J” so I could be part of your “J’s”.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!


    • Hi Betty – thanks for stopping by; I appreciate your comment! I hope you are enjoying the Challenge as much as I am. I will visit you this coming week.

  15. It sounds like a cute “J” circle… but obviously not everybody wanted to be in on the cosiness… ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’m not sure I know any j’s bar you of course!
    What was she thinking.. she had an invitation to mix with the coolest jclub in the world. Her loss. Love your nephews response. Maybe she needed to release some steam and your email let her do that. Wishing her well.

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ the coolest J club; I like that. Thanks!

      Yes, I think Jocelyn was caught off guard. I know it can be disconcerting to receive an unexpected email – especially now when the hype about ID theft, etc. worries us all.

      We had a laugh at her expense, poor dear.

  17. What am I thinking, there were three j’s in my family.. Sorry Family..

  18. We have a J in the family… my brother, Jaseem ๐Ÿ™‚

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