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I’m all Johnsoned out

April 7, 2008 | Blogland games

So I did a meme the other day. I mentioned a Johnson who was president. Why? I thought it would be a good segue into the “I come from a long line of Johnsons” bit. I also mentioned the only Johnna I’ve ever known, and I haven’t even said her name in, oh, almost 30 years. (Dang. Where is that yearbook?)

Then I ran across this article in Newsweek, My Turn: Don’t Just Call Me Jane, written by — a woman named Johnna, who writes about her unique name. (This other Johnna read the article and blogged about it.) While several people named Johnna responded in the comments, it’s still a fairly uncommon name.

The next day, my newspaper ran a full-page article about not just any ol’ Johnson but Lyndon Baines Johnson, called This is LBJ Country, with a Johnson City dateline.

That same day? We went to look at a house for sale on Johnston Road. (No, no. Nothing serious. Just looking.)

Hmm. What’s next? Well, I worked with a woman named Willa once. The only other Willa I knew of was an author from Nebraska. … Hey, did you know Stephen King published a short story called “Willa” in Playboy, which helped the magazine snag a Best Fiction nomination from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2006?

See? The fun’s already begun …

Posted by Becky @ 9:53 am  

2 Responses to “I’m all Johnsoned out”

  1. magpie Says:

    I know a Willa. And my husband is Will. And for 30 seconds we toyed with the idea of naming the girlie Willa. Which was rejected because, ew, naming the girl after her father?

    And then there’s Willa Cather.

    Oh and that nice song by Emmylou Harris, called “My Antonia”.

    How the mind does wander…

  2. Ruthie Says:

    LOL I actually know a couple of Johnna’s, just not sure if that’s how they spell it. Thanks for stopping by Got Multiples, btw! :)

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