Reflections: My Pirate Name

Some twelve years ago, I took some sort of online quiz that bestowed upon me a pirate name.

Mad Charity Rackham.

I knew the Rackham name, of course. I read a couple of books on real pirates, gosh, back in the late ’80s or early ’90s. Calico Jack Rackham was one of the ones I remembered. Since then, I have enjoyed the “Black Sails” series, which included Jack and one of his female crew members, Anne Bonny, as characters in a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel “Treasure Island.”

So, I thought Rackham was a cool pirate name to have.

Pirate Flag of Calico Jack Rackham

Pirate Flag of Calico Jack Rackham

And, I can be a bit mad, in both senses of the word, so that’s fitting.

Then, there’s Charity. Not a name that meant anything to me in 2008, but now I know that one of my great-great grandfather‘s sisters was named Nancy Charity. He named one of his own daughters after her.

It makes my pirate name that much more special to me.

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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