I'll share a secret with you. I used to hate my middle name. I was embarrassed by it. It sounded weird & foreign. Donella sounded different from everyone else's name in my schools & neighbourhoods. I didn't want to stand out with another "weird" name. Donella was a name that I had never heard before. When people asked me what my middle name was I would lie and say that I didn't have one. I know, shameful. My first name Nadia is another story for another day.
It was around my mid-twenties when I finally started to like my middle name. Unfortunately, I don't remember why I had the change of heart. Maybe it was because it was different. Unique. Who knows? Now I love it and use it proudly, hence nadiadonella.com & and my social media handles.
By complete accident, I stumbled upon the meaning and origin of my name, this week. I've spent my entire life not knowing the origin of my middle name. Growing up the only thing that my mom told me was that Nadia & Donella were names of cousins of hers that she had grown up with or had spent time with. I can't recall which. She did not know the origins, she just knew that she thought they were pretty names and I guess they continued to suit me after I popped out. When she was pregnant with me she had male & female names picked out. This was before sonograms & the newest blood tests at 10-12 weeks to determine the sex of the baby. Technology is something else.
Basically, there are 2 origins of my middle name which I've pulled from babynames.allparenting.com. I'm not a fan of either meaning but hey it is what it is.🤷🏿
In Italian the meaning of the name Donella is: Lady. The Celtic meaning of the name Donella is: Dark - haired elfin girl.
Till next time,
"Everything Is Not For Everyone"