Meet a woman named Texas

What’s in a name? For some, it’s pride in the Lone Star State — the windswept plains, the tacos, the cowboys — that leads parents to dedicate their children’s names to where they live. Texas June Smith, a resident of Sweeny profiled by The New York Times, is one of those people. At the suggestion of a doctor, her mother named her “Texas” after the state and “June” after the year she was born.

Texas' Alpha Rho chapter of  Phi Omega parades the Texas flag during the Texas Independence Day Parade held in downtown Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 5,  2011. (American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)
Texas’ Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Omega parades the Texas flag during the Texas Independence Day Parade held in downtown Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 5, 2011. (American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)

“When I was younger, I don’t know how many times I’ve been called a liar,” Smith told the Times. “I would get so frustrated that I would just pull out my ID and lay it on the counter and say, ‘Would you just take it off here?'”

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How popular is the name Texas (for a person, not a state)? It doesn’t appear to be very common — many times, the name isn’t even found for certain years — according to searches of “Texas” from the Social Security database through a Time magazine database. But, anecdotally, there seems to be more people named Texas than people, say, named after Nebraska or Massachusetts. That’s what this state is all about.

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Author: Staff Writer

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