Weekend Post: Maisie the Soul

A complex diagram

As a joke, I named my soul Maisie last year, and came up with a story about how she lives in a teabag in the marmalade sky –  that’s what the detailed diagram above shows. Yes, there was a slight Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds influence going off, especially since I embrace my namesake, despite the rumours that it’s about drugs (I also loved The Magic Roundabout growing up – go figure!). I love adore the imagery of the song, so many colours!

But what does this all mean? Well, for one, I’ve effectively written off using the name Maisie for any children. But it’s also a keen look into how much our namesakes really can influence us; I listened to that Beatles song a gazillion times growing up. I’m not saying every Lucy is as creative as I, or likes the Beatles song, but I do believe every child wants to connect with their name, and thus most will look for a namesake.

Of course, not every Donald will appreciate the humour behind the song, Donald Where’s Your Trousers, but some will. Some of ’em will probably own a kilt, but not all.

Two other quick examples of songs about a named person are:

Lola

Kicking things off with a controversial topic, as this interesting song by a French pop/punk band called Superbus (yes, I know there is another song named Lola by The Kinks) is about a female exploring her sexuality. In the lyrics she calls up Lola to tell her that she thinks about her lots, comme un garcon. Whilst the name Lola could have been chosen by the singer, Jennifer, to reference the Lolita image, it’s likely to also be for the rhyming sound of Allo Lola, as the French say allo when they answer the ‘phone, and that’s how the majority of the lyrics are given.

Most people will probably associate this name with the book called Lolita by Nabokov, rather than a French song they’ve never heard, indeed we can quote the book as such:

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul… She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

The name Lola will therefore always have some association with a less than buttoned-up image, however hard we try to forget about it. Some Lola’s may look upon this with a sense of humour, but for others it may well cause some difficulties. How can you embrace a name like Lola? It’s difficult, but certainly doable. We must note the books says She was Lola in slacks, so one could go the way of saying Lola could embrace her name by not going out dressed to the nines every once in a while.

Sheila

One of my favourite songs from few years ago and dubbed a 21st century anthme by some, even though I have little time for rap. It’s such a clever song though, and deals with all sorts of issues in a very short space of time. The main storyline revolves around Sheila, who went out with her mate Stella [Artois], got a little tipsy, then fell into the Thames and died. The last part of that sentence is only alluded to in the lyrics, but the video makes it clear she did indeed fall and die.

This song is a series of stories about the people at the bottom of the pile in London; the singer tries to bring all these lonely existences to light, even if they’re don’t fit into what we ideally believe the City of London to be. Therefore, this song for me is about giving a voice to the great unheard. It also shows us that our idealistic views hide things we don’t want to think about.

Again, a hard song to embrace if you are a Sheila. Perhaps embracing one’s inner demons is the way, since the Sheila in the song hid her insecurities behind a brash exterior, something we’ve all probably done in our lowest points.

I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic. Do you share your name with a song? Do you identify with the song, or not as the case may be? Can a song change your perspective of a name?

But back to Maisie. It’s a Scottish name that has been making waves a little further south in England&Wales. It’s a shortened form of the Scottish form of Margaret: Mairead. This is how Maisie has fared for the past few years:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 55 59 58 53
Births 996 943 949 1065
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 60 63 34 14
Births 1026 1042 1703 2930

As you can see, Maisie broke the 1000 births barrier in 2006 and has been going strong since, and she could very well hit the Top 10 in a few years. The pattern of rising is the same for alternate spelling Maisy, which hit the Top 100 as recently as 2010:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 175 162 157 182
Births 280 329 329 291
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 164 172 141 100
Births 333 309 393 583

To complete the grid line-up, here’s first how Mairead has fared in the past eight years:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 1628 1252 1690 1983
Births 12 18 13 11
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 1656 2022 3936 2589
Births 15 12 5 9

Followed by the 1924, 1934 and 1944 number 1, Margaret:

  2003 2004 2005 2006
Rank 578 478 455 539
Births 51 72 81 67
  2007 2008 2009 2010
Rank 559 494 469 505
Births 65 79 88 80

Now, I’ll be honest, when I named my soul Maisie, I didn’t actually like the name all that much, but I have warmed to it somewhat in the time that’s passed between. It has been accused of being somewhat of a cutesy name one can’t grow up with, but that’s an accusation my own name has been given but it served me fine right up until the point I dropped it last year in favour of Lou.

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3 thoughts on “Weekend Post: Maisie the Soul

  1. Funny you call your soul Maisie – at one point we were tossing up between Maisie and Lucy as potential names … they seemed so similar, you see.

    Another namesake for Lola Montez, the stage name of an Irish dancer. She wrote one of the earliest books on beauty, in the 19th century, and much of the advice is so sensible (healthy diet, healthy exercise, cleanliness, natural beauty products) that I would be much happier giving the book to a 13 yo girl than one by say, Gwyneth Paltrow.

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