I have not yet told Nan the origin of her name. It is a rather colorful story. And brutal. And quite politically incorrect.
When we were awaiting Hannah's birth, there was great drama between Kate and Chris. Kate was hoping for a sister, and Chris was hoping for a brother. James and I always liked to be surprised at the birth of our children, but for the first time, for the sake of a peaceful entry into siblinghood, we decided to find out the gender via ultrasound. Upon learning that he was expecting another sister, Chris was as devastated as a seven-year old can be. As a consolation prize, we decided to let him come up with his baby sister's name (reserving parental veto power). His first choice was Guenivere. Which was promptly vetoed. He did some research and found that the Americanized version of Guenivere is Jennifer. Which was also vetoed (nothing personal Jen, Jenny, Jennifer, et al).
You can read the Wikipedia version here. Also, I see on Wiki, for those of you following along, that there is reference to Hannah Duston's mother as a Webster (see my earlier post about Noah and Daniel Webster).
So the original Hannah Duston was a woman who, after having her newborn child killed in front of her, was taken captive by natives. She escaped by killing and scalping her captors, and made her way back to her family. She was a woman who met her challenges. Just like my girl. We didn't know our Hannah was going to have as many challenges as she does. But she's got a fighting spirit that has carried her through many medical and developmental obstacles. Well named, well loved.
But watch out for that tomahawk.
An addendum: I just found a link to the story I grew up with. It's quite a bit more gruesome than the Wikipedia version. You might not want to read this. Really. But there it is. Tempting you.