Horrifying Explorations by Author Gordon Grice
The Spiderman reference brings to mind a story which I meant to tell earlier and forgot. Bear in mind, I don't follow Marvel Comic heroes and only knew the true identity of Superman. At any rate, I was talking to a friend who had a pink-footed tarantula, one thing led to another and I asked if she named the spider. She replied that it's name was "Parker."The punchline to this was that I, apparently having no pop culture survival skills and spending all my time reading Gricean spider writings, misunderstood why someone would name a spider Parker, and after a cautious pause, asked: "Wouldn't it just make more sense to name it Gordon, if it's a male?"
That's hilarious. I keep trying to drop out of pop culture myself, but that plan doesn't quite fit with marketing my writing on the Web. (And for those who have asked: My son is not named for Spider-Man, but for my grandmother, Margrete Parker Poteete.)
That's an unusual surname, Poteete... what does it mean?
Don't know for sure, but I have heard that it is a variation of the French "petite"--small.
Poteete is a French surname, derived from the latin word 'potus', which means to drink. It is an occupational surname, indicating that the family were pottery makers. (Dee)
Geez, how'd you know that?
Ancestry.com :)(I have been tracing my own roots for some time now.) (Dee)
What does Puett mean?
Puett: North German habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland, Westphalia, and Pomerania, but in most cases a topographic name from Middle Low German putte ‘pit’, ‘well’, ‘puddle’, ‘pond’.But it is my ex-husbands name, it is not an apt description of my ancestry.My paternal name is English, it is a habitational name. My maternal name is also an English habitational name, though her branch of that family actually immigrated to Ireland, before coming to the US.(It makes understanding my gypsy ways much easier lol.) (Dee)
Cool. We go around with these names, not realizing how much meaning is wrapped up in them.
Oooh I see. Interesting. :>