All Names Matter


Did you know that George Foreman (former professional boxer) has 12 children?  And did you know that his five sons are also named George?  

They are, George Jr., George III (“Monk”), George IV (“Big Wheel”), George V (“Red”), and George VI (“Little Joey”).  Imagine if they didn’t have nicknames?  How on earth would they know when they were being addressed?

I can sympathize with all the Georges.

I was born in the 60’s and at that time, Mary and Maria were two of the top 3 names given to baby girls.  I was also born in Puerto Rico where almost everyone is a Maria.  In recent decades however, it has become more ‘acceptable’ to use less biblical names which means there will be fewer Marias in our future (oh no!)

Speaking of biblical names, I have decided to reveal my full name for you today (I know, it’s so exciting!) Once you see what it is, you will never think of me in the same way, especially if you thought my name was really Brickhousechick.  


Once you know my given name, you may feel the urge to bow to me, carry rosary beads and definitely pray.




My birth name is….



Drumroll please…








It is:  María de Jesús 


We’re talking Mary of Jesus, people!  Yes, of THAT Jesus!

(You can start praying now)

To add to this most epic proclamation, I will tell you that my mother has the exact same name.  She too is Mary of Jesus.  

Will you believe me if I tell you that my sister is also a Maria?  She is María Luisa, as is a cousin of ours.   Two other cousins are both named María Rosa and others are, María de Los Angeles, María del Carmen, María Milagros, María Consuelo and María Concepción.

This is what my Maria's should be like

Hello, my name is Maria


You may be wondering how we function and interact with each other while sharing the same name.  The truth is that we do what George Foreman does.  Everyone has a nickname.  It’s like an Oprah giveaway, “You get a nickname and you get a nickname and you get a nickname!”

In fact, we use our nicknames so much so, that I had to do research for this post in order to find out their real names!

Some of our nicknames are common for our given names but most make absolutely no sense at all.  


(If you need a cigarette after that, I’ll understand)

As for the Puerto Rican men in our lives, many are named José with a second name to follow such as, José Luis.  Their nicknames, I find, do not accurately represent their stature, strength and particularly, their machismo.  Well, judge for yourself: 


(Not exactly RAMBO type names)

When I started this blog, I decided to call myself Brickhousechick because I didn’t have enough names attached to me already I thought it more closely depicted what I am all about; strongly solid on the outside yet somewhat mushy and soft on the inside. If you are wondering what in the world to call me now, just know that you can continue to call me Brickhouse unless you feel inclined to call me María de Jesus The Mother of God’s Son, which I will gladly respond to.

All names matter except when you all have the same name, in which case, all nicknames matter.


What’s your nickname?


63 thoughts on “All Names Matter

  1. OK, Brick Chick,
    It’s been too long since I’ve heard from you. Something must have happened to the “follow” feature on my WP because I haven’t been getting any of your posts.
    As for names, Maria/Marie are very special in my book, and for personal special reasons. You wear it proudly and beautifully, as well as “brickhouse chick”. Like ’em both. So good to find you out here after all this time. Missed your funny posts !!! Hugs ! Paul

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    1. So nice to see you here, Paul! I’m afraid life is getting in the way of my writing and creativity. I hope it’s a short-lived pause and I can get back to writing for fun. Thank you for your kind words regarding my name. I hope all is well with you!! Hugs to you! 🙂


  2. I shall continue to call you Mrs. B, if you don’t mind, Maria, because I do it with much affection. 🙂

    Your family came up with the distinctive middle name from your culture, obviously. I nod in respect and reflexively bless it with the sign of the cross from my own Catholic upbringing.

    As for my family?! My mother and aunt’s middle name was Marie. And so my sisters’ and first cousin’s middle name is Marie.. My daughter and niece’s middle name is Marie. At least we didn’t have to coin nicknames because of that.

    That George Foreman is a hoot. I saw him joshing about his sons’ names on ‘Ellen.’ He said if he started a basketball team with them, he’d call it Georgetown. Ha.

    As for me, with a last name like mine, it’s been nickname city. Beels has stuck the most with my Syracuse friends. I like your Mr. B around here. 🙂

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    1. Ha! My daughter’s middle name is also Marie. I chose not to call her Maria so I could break the cycle though as I get older tradition matters more to me. Let’s agree to continue to call each other Mr. & Mrs. B! 🙂


  3. I loved this post, chica! I think you have a beautiful name. And all those family nicknames – LOL. They sound like characters. Very fun ones. My family has pretty normal nicknames. I did have a Great Uncle Frosty. His name was Forrest. I of course am Jessica, which I’ve never liked. I have always been Jessi and then Jess. For awhile when I was little, the neighbor across the street was also Jessie and so I was called JJ (for my first and middle name) to determine which kid was needed.

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    1. Hey, you! It’s nice to see your adorable gravatar pic! 🙂 Not only do we sound like characters but we ARE characters! When we all go out in public, we love to introduce ourselves and watch people’s confused faces. LOL. I like JJ as a nickname! 🙂


  4. Awesome! Mine mostly fall into 3 options:
    -Sweets (hubby calls me this0
    -Tex (some friends/coworkers)
    -Nanc (90% of the population that engages with me. because that Y at the end adds sooo much time. :))

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    1. I call my hubs and kids Sweets too! Nanc because the Y adds too much time – ha,ha,ha!! That’s how lazy we have become these days!

      I hope you are surviving your challenge! Thinking of you. 🙂


  5. Hehehe Well I already knew you were Maria, and I gotta kinda say that your Brickhouse made me laugh because the image of solidity and the English phrase “built like a brick shithouse” (which is what I always hear in my head, and which btw, does NOT APPLY TO YOU) make me giggle.

    But ever since your dressing-up pic, and your sweet nature made an impression on me, I think Honeybee is perfect.

    I ADORE giving nicknames to people I treasure, and it delights me to have a name for them that’s just special to me. A few people have nicknames for me, too, and I treasure every single one ❤

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    1. I love calling you Honeybee as well! You make the perfect honeybee. 🙂 What I like about all my names is that they each come with their own personalities in a Sybil kind of way. Maria de Jesus is quieter, reserved and shy. ______ is adventurous and fun, Brickhouse is naughty and uninhibited and Honeybee is sweet as honey! 🙂

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      1. Heheh We have a good thing going, though I am rarely as sweet as honey! I like that your different personas have different characteristics though. That’s pretty cool. I guess it depends on the dynamic within which the name’s being used, which makes sense.

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  6. Loved this post, BHC. I knew your name was Maria, but somehow, Brickhouse chick just seems to fit you baby!! I married an Italian and his family has oodles of Regina’s (Gina) Phyllis’s & Vinny’s. My daughter, (Inion) was named after my mother (Ginger) which is why she pulled her middle name in with her first to be able to differentiate who we were talking to at family get-together’s; (GingerBrooke). Nicknames are great and to me, just as important as birth names. It took me until my late twenties before I could shake my childhood nickname given to me by my father and brothers. They used it so much, that family, friends, church members, neighbors and anyone else I dealt with called me by it. (Littlegirl). I hated it then. Now I love it. Great post girl, sharing this now!! xoxo ❤

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    1. Nothing like a big Italian family to bring out the nicknames! LOL. Can I tell you that I call my 19 year old daughter Littlegirl???? I think she loves it when I do (I hope she does). That’s a great nickname to have especially as we age. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and sharing this silly post! As Mary of Jesus, I will be praying for you! 🙂 xoxo

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  7. I love names. I also do genealogy. I’m of German descent and the traditional naming patterns of children runs like this: each boy receives the name of a father, grandfather, gggrandfather. In no particular order that I have found. Therefore you come up with sons named: Wilhelm Gustave Ferdinand Heinrich (Willie), Gustave Ferdinand Heinrich Wilhelm (Henry), Wilhelm Ferdinand Heinrich Gustave (Ferdinand) and girls are named similarly. Then you throw in nicknames…

    In my mind you will always be Brickhousechick.

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    1. I like that a lot, the fact that there is a system for names and people know what to expect is great! We just all assume we will go by nicknames and don’t worry about actual given name. 🙂 Then, Brickhousechick it will be. 🙂

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  8. It sounds like you got the best Maria name. 🙂 I love nicknames. My kids all have nicknames that me and my husband call them by. I’ve only had a few. In college, some frat boys I was friends with found out my middle name was “Lou” (which had previously been a closely guarded secret). They started calling me Lou and eventually there were people who didn’t even know my real name! My family calls me Gretch. Not too original. And some friends call me “G” which makes me sound like a badass, so I like that. I think people in your real life need to start calling you Brickhouse…

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    1. Ditto what Jilly said. Apparently we are members of the same Bean nickname family! Always liked my nickname Ally Bean, so I use it as my blogging nom de plume. Hello JBean, it’s cousin ABean here.

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      1. My daughter is an Ali but we call her Ali Cat. I’m going to have to translate Ally Bean like I did Jill Bean and call you Ally Habichuela! I can’t believe I have two Habichuela friends! LOL.


  9. I’ve never known what to do with your mom being “Cuch” and you being “Little Cuch.” I know. I know. Blog baggage of my own and all.

    My favorite nickname was Duh. My niece started calling me that when she was very small, because she couldn’t pronounce my name. The N and the R were problematic. When she called me “A-Duh!”, my brother thought it was funny and encouraged her to drop the A. This went on for several years, as she was very attached to me when she was little.

    By the time she turned six, her parents told her she could no longer call me Duh, because it meant “stupid.” EVEN THOUGH I WANTED HER TO CALL ME DUH. I haven’t seen her in years, so I guess these days, she doesn’t call me anything. I never wanted to be called “Aunt,” and I thought Duh was a perfect solution. I wish I could convince my brother-in-laws kids to stop calling me “Aunt” and call me Duh.

    More story than you wanted on your funny post.

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    1. You are/were (LOL) one of the few that knows my secret! I am close to my cousins so we get a lot of laughs when we are together and have to introduce ourselves to others. Not sure what is better, telling people that we are all Marias or telling them our nicknames! They look confused no matter which one we choose.

      That Duh story is so funny and I love how you embraced the name and want it back! You must be the funnest Aunt ever. 🙂

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  10. I KNEW IT! I knew you were the mother of God’s son! I’m so good at this.

    okay, the nicknames thing…you guys are worse than I was for my cats! And we had some random nicknames for our kitty citizens. I feel like whoever is known as Cuchi should get all the best presents at X-mas cuz DAYUM that’s unfortunate. I’m assuming it’s pronounced coochie….but I could be wrong. I hope it’s not you.

    Henceforth, I will continue to call you Brickhouse, except for the few times I actually call you Maria. No matter what you are called – I wuv you. 🙂

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    1. You are good at this! It’s your special powers and the number 7. 🙂 I don’t think I’ll answer your question about hoping the “Cuchi” name is not me. Let’s just say, NO COMMENT! hee,hee.

      I wuv you too _______ (insert nickname here)!

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