504 Main by Holly Lefevre: We Could Have Named You Dual Quads
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

We Could Have Named You Dual Quads

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This week, I chose prompt #3:
What’s in YOUR name? What does it mean? Why was it given to you?

"We Could Have Named You Dual Quads"
I always wanted to be named Jennifer.
It makes sense - I am a product of the 70's where
pretty much every other girl was named Jennifer.
It is still one of my favorite names.
I never loved or hated my name.
I only knew one other Holly throughout my school years...
so at least the name was kind of original.

So, how did I end up a "Holly?"...My parents were young- fresh out of high school and no cash to spare - when I was born (gotta give them credit though...they have been married for a long, long time - I am not saying how long...it would give away my age!). So, anyway, time was ticking away...there was going to be a baby (me..of course!), and they had no name...but they had a car.

(I borrowed this photo from carsforsale.com.)
Not my Dad's Car....I believe his was blue.
Somewhere there is a photo of my pregnant mom and my dad in the car.

My Dad was the proud owner had a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle with a "500 hp 327 cubic inch" (whatever that means). Well, sadly, it was determined there was no way that car was going to work with a baby...so he had to sell it. Just before the dreaded S-day (that would be sale day) came, my parents were discussing  the name situation. As legend has it, my Dad, who was working on his car,  looked down and saw "Holley" on he carburetor. He said "Let's name her Holley." Mom didn't disagree. She dropped the "e" and my middle name starts with a "C" so we don't ever forget the carburetor.

This story proved to be quite entertaining throughout my school years. My mom would come to school every year on my birthday - with treats -  and tell the story (she may have only told the story once, but to me, it seemed like every year!). It really wasn't so bad now that I think of it...later the guys thought it was kind of cool and it is way better than her telling a story that had to do with where I was conceived or what they were drinking when it happened.

So, there ya go...
Pre-Holly Hobbie,
Pre-Holly Madison,
There was Holley Carburetors.
And then there was me!

My Dad has always said,
"Don't ever complain, we could have named you Dual Quads."
Now that would be something!

This was the "new" family car. It was no Chevelle!


  1. I have an award for you darling!

  2. You are lucky, Holly is way better!

    Visiting from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

  3. Well, I suppose Dual Quads would be interesting! I like the name Holly, I would've been happy to be a Holly. I also wrote about my name this morning, but wow, my parents definitely didn't have as awesome a story behind my name. In fact, my mother can't remember why she picked the name...

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's Writers Workshop!

  4. THAT is a great story! I wish I had a good naming story! Your family and their cars crack me up!

  5. Well, at least they didn't name you Bug, after the second car.

    They could also just have named you Chevelle...aren't you glad your dad saw the carburetor first?

  6. Ha, that is a very original story of naming one's kiddo.

    Yeah, some of the other car parts are not very appealing either like rim, gasket, piston, or fan...

  7. Anonymous7:25 AM

    Love the story...wish mine was that cool. I was born on the birthday of the local store owner. She told my folks she'd give me five dollars if they named me after her. yeah, you got it, I was sold out for five measley bucks!

  8. Wow that's great that you know where your name comes from. It is kind of a cool story, it's better than just 'my parents thought it was a nice name'.

  9. What a fun story! And, yes, Holly is better than Dual Quads!

  10. And I was pre-Polly Pocket! I felt the same way as you growing up but now love my old fashioned name

  11. What a cute story!! Mine isn't near as interesting...

  12. Anonymous8:50 AM

    My name is Corve. I have an unusual name.

    It means The Crow - from Corvus it is a small constellation.

  13. Holly, this is the funniest name story I have ever heard! Just so you know, I like Holly much better than Jennifer.

  14. That is a really cute story, very unique :)

  15. I love this story- I'm always interested in how people pick names, since we have a few unique ones in our family. You definitely lucked out!

    And coming from someone with a very vanilla/common name (Nicole), trust me, you are better off not being Jennifer.

  16. That is a great story!!

  17. Great story, I wish I had a cool story for my name.

  18. Wow! Your parents were young. I think it is great they stayed together all these years and that you have a name which is significant to the history of your family.

  19. Well, you know I LOVE your name:) The only thing I didn't love about our name is that there is no shortened nick name version. You know...in 3rd grade when EVERYONE has a nickname and you don't! Did you go thru the stage when you tried spelling it in different ways? Yeah...I put Holli on my papers for months in elementary. Names are funny things aren't they! love the story. Holly

  20. I've always loathed my name, but I think you got so lucky! I think Holly implies femininity and creativity, intelligence, etc...Erin doesn't sound like anything. And can I just complain for a sec about how many people DON'T know how to spell my name? Ridonkulous!

  21. I love the name Holly! You came out great with it. Your dad's sense of humor is great!

    I wonder how many people can say they've been named after a carburetor. ;)

  22. That is too funny. I used to think my name was so plain and boring. But when I learned where it came from, I didn't think that anymore.

  23. This is great! I love your family stories! I always get such a good chuckle!
    And I happy to love your name!
    Kelli @ SustainingCreativity

  24. Holly,

    You are so wonderful at these posts/stories!!

    I have to agree that at least they didn't choose Chevelle (which I actually know and grew up with) or any other "weird" car parts/models.


  25. lol! I love it! Good job at the workshop. I had a friend whose name was Porshe and her sister's name? Mercedes. Her dad collected cars... apparently they though their kiddos could add to the collection.

    It could have ALWAYS been worse.

  26. That's a really interesting name origin story. Usually it's "we just liked the name." Interesting that your parents thought that a VW Bug was more family-suited than a Chevelle. It seems like the Chevelle would be roomier.

  27. Man oh man a 66 Chevelle.... I think I would've had to make it work for the baby....

    I love the origin of your name! If only we all had such unique stories. I don't know much more than I'm named after an old girlfriend of my fathers...don't know how the heck my mother was okay with that...

  28. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Well, if you think about it, Dual Quads is not too terribly bad...

  29. You can still tell your age...you are just a kid. I have to say that your mom's hair and outfit make me think I'm close to her age...how can that be?

    Great story.


  30. Great story!

    My friend from high school, Sherri, married Wade Berry, making her Sherri Berry. Just to be extra cruel, after having six boys, she gave birth to her first girl and named her... wait for it... ready... Holly.

    Holly Berry.

  31. I had 4 other Kimberlys in my classes, but never a dual quad :)

  32. Anonymous1:35 AM

    I think thats a great story! Better than not having a story at all.

  33. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the story. Its too funny! Love your blog. I can't wait to read more

  34. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the story. Its too funny! Love your blog. I can't wait to read more

  35. hahaah! great story!! Yes, Holly is a definite improvement over dual quads ;-)

  36. Given the options, I'd say you got the best one. No exciting story here ~ I was named after my aunt.

    Have a great weekend~

  37. That's a cool story. Be proud of the name Holly...it's a nice one.

  38. I like Holly, it's pretty.

    I had my name changed 4 times the first week of my life. Goof thing my mom had a friend working at the birth registry.

    Visiting from Friday Follow and I am your new follower

  39. What a great story. I bet you have been happy with Holly ever since:)
    Came over from SITS.

  40. So cute! Sounds like your dad really loves his cars. I love your Mom's 70's look- how I adore that Marcia Brady hair, seriously. So cute.

  41. I'm here from Friday Follow and I'm now following your blog! Please come follow mine! Have a great day!

  42. Stopping by from Follow Friday
    Valerie @ walkininsunshine
    Have a GREAT weekend.

  43. That's a sweet story!!

  44. That is too funny! Dual Quads! Ha, you could have been like, Michelin, or Beetle, or all kinds of funny things. It's funny that they went from the big car to a VW!!!

  45. That is an awesome story! I don't think many have stories as good as that one for their names.

  46. That is great story! Holly C is much, much better than Dual Quads.

  47. I really enjoyed reading that!! What a great story--- I say that because mine is not nearly as interesting :)

    Visiting from Friday Follow-- come, see me too! Oh-- I'm a new follower


  48. That was awesome!!!

    Oh... don't hurt me... but it was Dolly Madison!!! LOL!!!

    Your writing style is great!! An great read!

  49. Never would I have imagined that the name Holly came from a car! And not just any car...a really cool one! I love that! Not your normal run-of-the-mill Holly...no way!

    And yes, Double Quads would have been unfortunate!

  50. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Wow! What a story! Definitely better than how I got mine, which is that my parents named me after the Mayan Indians (for no particular reason).

  51. I totally want that VW Bug. It was my first car. Now you can't find a body with no engine for under $5K. That's just crazy talk!

  52. LOL.. no wonder your parents are still married. Your Mother was a saint to go along with the idea. Men!!! But, she was bright enough to drop the e. I love your name, it makes me think of Christmas Holly! Cute story. Keri

  53. Oh that's funny! lol. My parents, a couple yrs ago, bought a chevell just like the one in your pic! lol! It's a 64 SS.


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