Vain? Moi? Never!

Obviously, Doran is my name. But it's an odd name, I admit. Because it's unusual, it tends to jump out at me when I see it used. There was a brief time during which I hated my name, I now think of it as a gift. Thank God I wasn't named Bob! (Uh, no offense Bob. Okay?) Having an unusual name helped me think of myself as an individual.

I'm told that the name Doran is a variant of the name Dorian, as in Dorian Gray. I've been told Dorian is Greek for "From the Sea" but I have yet to verify that. A beautiful Irish lass (whose last name happens to be Doran) who used to serve me Guinness at the local pub says it's an old, venerable surname in Eire. A number of people have emailed me to say that Doran is Celtic for Alien or Stranger (at least as a Surname). Hmmm...

When I was young, I was told that I was named after a football player. Later I was told it was a combination of my grandmother's name, Dorothy, and that of another female relative named Ann. I'm not exactly sure how the two stories fit together, but it makes for interesting speculation.


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