Quite a while ago now, I removed the description of how my blog got it's name from the "About" section of my site (now called Meet Mab). I felt it distracted from the function of the page and, to be honest, I couldn't explain it in a way that suited an "about" section anyway! It's much more of a post-friendly topic...
So, for anyone who has ever wondered, here is how and why my blog has it's name, Mab is Mab.
Too many Emma's!
Amazingly, I managed to get through school being the only "Emma" in my classroom. When I started work, though, that all changed! I was quickly reclassified by my colleagues as "Emma B", "Emmab" when they were feeling lazy/cheeky(!) and then, eventually, Mab for short. It was around this time my blog was started.
Since moving teams, cities and role, "Mab" as a nickname has not followed me, as I am once again the only Emma. It surfaces now and then in emails from past team members though. It is a name I associate with many great memories, feeling inspired and being creative.
Childhood reading memories
Around this time, the Sam Neill TV mini series of Merlin was shown and I simply loved it. Dragons! Witches! Wizards! Helena Bonham Carter! And, of course, the wonderful Miranda Richardson as Queen Mab. She was my favourite character and the reason I watched it over and over. Because, let's face it, Sam Neil as Merlin wasn't exactly Oscar-worthy ;)
Shakespearean kudos for fearlessness/craziness?!
(Ok, so Mab is more than a little scary here, but that's probably also what attracted me to to moniker!)
I love the Baz Luhrmann film version of the speech too, but unfortunately I couldn't find it on the web to link to :(
So there you have it! A brief history of "why Mab?" It fit me both personally and in that it had wonderful links to literature, which made it perfect for the blog. If you have a blog, brand or site why not share how you found your name too? Leave links or tell me in the comments :)