January 26

Meaning of Name Assignment

Kelly is the “Anglicized form of the Irish given name Ceallach”.  It is traditionally said to mean “bright-headed”.  There is little information on the origin and meaning on the surname Kresge.

When I was little I was embarrassed by my first name when people said it was a boy’s name, since Kelly is both masculine and feminine.  That doesn’t really bother me anymore.

I’ve never changed my name, but I’ve temporarily adopted pseudonyms for visual arts projects.  For some projects I used the made-up name Viv Absit Omen.  I liked that the name fit the artistic persona of the projects, pulling from the Latin phrase meaning “may there be no evil omen.”


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