Thursday, March 25, 2010

What is a name anyway?

While in Gulf Shores chatting my my cousin Neta and my Mom, Neta turned to me and said, "Do you know why your folks chose your name?"  I said that I really didn't know and then looked to my Mom and she pulled out this story that I swear, I had never ever heard before.

I mean seriously.

I'm positive I asked why they chose to name me Kristin.

but this was news to me!

So here's the story and some extra little tidbits because it's interesting.

The photo above is of Tom Harmon. Football player at the University of Michigan,  Heisman Trophy winner, LA Rams, Sports Broadcaster on radio and TV and was one of the first athletes that made that transition from on-the-field to in-the-booth. 

Mr. Harmon married an actress named Elyse Knox and then had three children, all of whom got into show business. 

One of Tom Harmon's daughters was named Kristin.  (Tah-dah!!)  She's seen here with her husband Ricky Nelson.  Ricky Nelson of the Ozzy and Harriet Nelson's, the youngest son of of Ozzy and Harriet and the one who danced his way into the hearts of teenagers across this land singing Garden Party.

Kristin and Ricky had four children - Tracy (who was Sister Steve in the Father Dowling Mysteries 1987 - 1991), Twin sons Matthew Nelson & Gunnar Nelson (of the 90's rock group "Nelson") and the youngest son, Sam.


Tom Harmon's son is this handsome guy, Mark Harmon.   I know he's done a ton of acting work, but every time I hear his name or see his picture I think of Ted Bundy.  He portrayed the serial killer in the made for TV movie "The Deliberate Stranger" in 1986 and I've seen that movie several times.

Tom Harmon had one other child, Kelly.  I couldn't find a photo of her or any info on her.  Sorry, Kelly.

EDIT EDIT :)  Thanks to Darren Proctor, he mentioned in the comments that Kelly Harmon did this Tic Tac Commercial.  I recognized her immediately and remember those commercials - so this is Kelly Harmon.  Cool.  Thanks Darren!

OK, so let's recap.

No, there is too much.  Let's sum up.

My Dad was/is a football fan and was also a radio broadcaster, so Tom Harmon was on his radar.  He liked the name of his daughter Kristin and offered the name as one he'd like his first daughter to be named.  I guess my Mom agreed, because I'm named Kristin.

I still can't believe I'm 43 years old and this was the first time I'd heard this story.  It's amazing what you learn.  Thanks Neta for asking the question!!

Have a wonderful day!

**All of these photos were found on Google Images.


Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I remember Kristin FROM the Ozzie Nelson show - - - I remember when she and Ricky were dating and then got married.

I did NOT KNOW she is a sister to Mark Harmon - - - but now I do!!!

Fun info/story!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I still think of Ted Bundy when I see him, too!
Very interesting story.

jennifer said...

I DIG having a name that links to football (ROLL TIDE!) and it's a wonder I didn't name my son "Bear". HA! I crack me up.

Great story and awesome picture to go with it (Mark Harmon... *sigh*).

I don't know how I came to be Jennifer but it wasn't an original idea in 1971. There were a BUNCH of Jennifers in my school.

Have a wonderful weekend Kristin!

Shutterbug8162 said...

Thanks for the eye candy! MH has amazing eyes. lol.

Now you have me wanting to call my mom and ask her why she named me. But its not worth the aggravation, I will wait and ask my dad. haha.

Have a great weekend!

Darren Proctor said...

Kelly Harmon was the "Tic Tac" girl from the 1970s commercials.

Loria said...

Great post K .. love Mark Harmon .. need to see that movie about Ted Bundy - never even heard of it .. love all the trivia .. my dad named me too but I don't know if there is a story behind it .. i am lame and haven't posted anything lately so maybe I'll have my own "name" story to tell because I'm going to ask about it.

solo-dancer said...

yep! :o))....lovmom

Just Breathe said...

That is an awesome story. I love this post. Thanks for all the information.

LucySky said...

My mother was told that she was expecting twins. This was back before ultra sounds, etc. My parents were all prepared with 2 rhyming names. When it turned out to be only me, they just flipped a coin to determine which name to go with. It's nice to know so much thought & caring went into choosing my name. I like your story better.

Evansmom said...

I am named after: my mother's sister's daughter's ex-husband's half-sister. Got all that? Basically, my parents liked unusual names and heard hers, liked it and named me Jonel.