• en
Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in Chicago

editor
Enlarge Enlarge Licensing

Mary Louise Doi

I know four Mary Dois.  The first is my mother—Mary Ansai Doi, then me.  Next , my father’s cousins wife is Mary Doi and their daughter is Mary Margaret Doi.  

My mom has no Japanese name and her siblings either have no Japanese name or uniquely spelled names. 

Mom’s eldest sister is Lillie (pronounced “Liddy” by her family), then brother Eddow, sister Keogh, mom and youngest brother Reo.  Neigher my brothers nor I have Japanese middle names, so the “Japanese” part of my name has always been my last name.  I did not change my last name when I got married (nor did my husband).  The possible Japanese part of our daughter’s name is that we agreed to use “Doi” as her last name and “Cerney” (my husband’s last name) as her middle name.  This causes a lot of confusion for others but none for my daughter!

Based on this original

Mary Louise Doi
uploaded by editor
Photo taken and name story provided on July 19, 2014 at the Church of Christ Presbyterian (Chicago, IL) as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the More »


Login or register
to contribute to the Nikkei Album

Welcome to the NEW Nikkei Album!

We've launched Nikkei Album in beta, so everyone can now start uploading and creating their own albums. There may be things that don't work quite right yet. Please email us to report any errors.

Browse the Nikkei Album

Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Read the Nikkei Heroes stories and help select the Nima-kai community favorite >>

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation