So obviously my name is Jessica, along with 776,039 other people in the United States. My parents tell me they thought the name Jessica was original when they named me it! I bet the parents of the 4 other girls on my soccer team in high school named Jessica thought the same thing, along with about a bajillion other parents who named their kids Jessica the same year I was born, 1988. It was actually the most popular baby girl name from 1985-1989, and again from 1993-1995. It was actually in the top 4 from 1977-1997! What can I say, I'm pretty popular ;-)
My parents actually debated between naming me Jessica Shannon or Shannon Jessica. I am glad they went with Jessica Shannon, because Jessica as a middle name sounds weird (also, I don't think I have ever typed my name this many times in a row, and it is starting to look weird now, like how when you look at a word too much and it doesn't look like a word anymore.. that happens to other people too, right?!). If I was a boy I would have been named Trevor or Dustin.. let's just say I'm glad I'm a girl.
I don't normally get asked how to spell my name when I'm asked it at stores or over the phone or whatever, but when I do I'm usually weirded out; it's so common! I always thought there was no other way to spell it, until one time I came across this in the yearbook: Gesikah. Yup, not making that up. I am assuming it is supposed to be pronounced "Jessica." Umm anyways..
Nicknames I have been given over my lifetime include (don't get any ideas, by the way.. I don't respond to most of these haha):
- Nermal- the cat from Garfield, my Dad apparently thought it was cute when I was a baby lol
- Chocolate Babka- another Dad original, which he still calls me to this day
- Jesse- I only let my family and Brian call me that, so don't try it
- Nails- by my friend Lindsey's dad/softball coach in 4th grade. Apparently I could hit the ball pretty far and he always asked me if I ate my Wheaties
- PJ- by Brian
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