No, I was not named for the unforgettable 12th President of the United States Zachary Taylor. I’ve never really considered the origins of my name before, so this assignment allowed me to do some digging to learn more about it. My parents had decided that if I was a boy, my name would be Zack, and if I was a girl my name would be Caroline. My dad wanted to name me Bruce after Bruce Springsteen, but my mom shot that one down pretty quick. As far as my middle name goes, Taylor was my grandmother’s maiden name, and has been a name in our family for generations. My dad is adopted and never knew his biological parents, so the Fisher last name does not directly relate to my heritage. The family legend is that one of my ancestors on my Dad’s side came over on the Mayflower, but I’ve yet to see any actual proof of that.
Except for when people say “exactly”, I’ve always loved the name Zack. As a kid I liked the uniqueness that came with having a name that started with Z. Interestingly, almost none of my close friends call me Zack, its always Fish. This has been consistent ever since I was in Middle School. I was wondering if it would carry over to college, and it certainly has.