My Name is Maureen : DP

My name is Maureen. A solid, old-fashioned Irish name, which means the dark in Gaelic. My mother’s name was Breege Henry. We come from County Mayo in the West of Ireland. My Grandfather wrote a book based on local tales and I like to think while I never really knew this stern man, he smiles at my writings. I am his granddaughter: a Black Irish girl who writes as well.

I can’t ask my mother too much about my name since she died when I was 23. She was a beautiful, flawed woman who taught me to be tough. When I was younger growing up in Miami, people would be confused by my name. There were Davids or Rauls in my classes, but not someone with a strong name like mine. One kid told me my name sounded like moron; I kicked his ass by gently letting him know he was worthless on the school bus.

As I grew up, I found strength in my name. It takes a bit of character to have a strong, pure ethnic name. A name that held its own was what I needed more than my crown tattoo or my Chinese character for angel. Maureen let people know I meant business.

Maureen is a strong Irish girl who dances to her own beat, drinks beer, and will write you under the table. I will smile at you showing all my teeth, but secretly light candles for people who are going through a rough patch never expecting anything in return. Maureen connects me to my Irish heritage and lets me feel as if my mother’s heart still beats any time I feel mine is breaking.

I am Maureen. I understand darkness, but reach for the light. I am Irish and famine DNA fuels my ambition. Image

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15 responses to “My Name is Maureen : DP”

  1. Edward Hotspur says :

    The few… the proud… the Maureen.

  2. thehappyhugger says :

    Maureen is a lovely name. I loved your post!

  3. thirdworldcountrygirl says :

    I am inlove with this post! And I’ve always been fascinated by Ireland. For me it’s a must visit place! You are an amazing writer, the grandpa is proud!

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