In her weekly Coffee Chat, Rory Bore of Time Out for Mom has asked, “What
does your name mean? If you go by an alias, why did you choose that particular
Having an unusual name, I am often asked about it. It is: McGuffy Ann,
in that order. McGuffy is my first name. Ann is my middle name, and I usually
am known as Annie. It is easier and it suits me.
McGuffy comes from the original spelling of McGuffey. The McGuffey Clan
originally came from the western coastal mountains of Scotland. “McGuffey” was
a nickname meaning “dark peaceful one”. Some of the McGuffey Clan migrated to
Ireland, bringing about variations of the name.
Though fair complected, I can identify with the meaning of my first name in a different way. I am
sensitive to the dark side of life, having had a difficult life myself.
Consequently, I lean towards that in much of my writing. However, being conscious
of the dark makes me strive for peace. Faith guides me.
The origin of the name Ann is Hebrew. It is a derivative of the name
Hannah. Other variations are Anna and Anne. The meaning is “full of grace or
mercy”. I feel grace and mercy are essential.
I strive for these, too. I seek grace and mercy, but I seek to be gracious and
merciful, as well.
I like my name, and am not offended when asked about it. I find it
interesting that so many people use aliases. This makes me wonder about their
names, especially names they choose to go by. If I am asked about my name,
I will usually then ask about theirs. I try to call people by their chosen name
or nickname. It is part of being comfortable with who you are. I respect that.
Names are fascinating, and I think they are important. We carry our
name with us throughout our entire life. Our identity and sense of self is
linked to our name. That’s what’s in a name.