My daughter Mystie recently wrote a blog post about names. Specifically, her own name, spelling of it, and the names of her children as all of them are rather unusual. She came by that trait through my family, although Mystie is the only one of my children to possess an unusual name. My parents gave two of their girls rare names, one of them my own.
Vondalee. Certainly not a normal name. Where did it come from? The story my Mom told me was that my parents had planned to name me Vonda Kay. Until one day a few months before I was born, Mom happened to read the wedding announcement of a local girl named Vondalee D. She really liked the look and sound of the name and so I became Vondalee Kay.
And that's all I knew of the story until yesterday when I received an email from Vondalee, the original! Her own mother, years ago, had told her of the phone call she received from a new mother who had just named her baby Vondalee after seeing the wedding announcement in the newspaper. Vondalee D. moved away from home in Lewiston, but wondered about that younger Vondalee now and then. One day she decided to do a little internet search and found my name from my mother's obituary, plugged it into google, found my blog and my email address and voila!
Now how did Vondalee D's mother come up with the name? Her mother and aunt were listening to the radio back in 1938 and heard a singer with a most unusual name which her mother liked immensely and gave to her daughter when she was born. However, later on she learned that the singer's name was not Vondalee, but Vaughn De Leath!
And now the mystery is solved.