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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!

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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 »

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