I received an email from a friend inquiring about my 'real' name. It is confusing. When I was born, as the first child, I was a compromise baby, named for both grandmothers: Helen and Regina.
Helen Regina and Barbara Jean, Denver, 1955
Helen, my father's mother, got pride of place but my mother insisted that I be called "Gina" a diminutive of Regina, her mother.
Helen Fauster Cullen Regina Werner Holst
It makes it difficult when you inform your teachers every first day of school that, no, you do not go by "Helen" but rather "Gina." By the time I graduated from law school, I decided that Regina sounded more formal and lawyer like and went with my full second name. Friends from my early years know me as "Gina" while those in Seattle know me as "Regina."
It turns out that I was not the first compromise baby. My Aunt Caralou was named for her two grandmothers: Cara Murbach and Lulu Huston Cullen.
Caralou Cullen Chapman
I don't know much about Lulu Cullen, other than that several family friends wrote on the occasion of her death, about what a sweet voice she had singing in church. Her daughter, Bernice Cullen Sullivan, my great aunt Bebe, taught piano lessons in Paulding, so it seems that the gene for music descended from the Huston side of the family.