Place item was collected
North Logan, Utah
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Clare Reaveley is my mother and she is thirty-eight years old and lives in North Logan, Utah. She grew up in and around Logan and has never lived outside the valley. She is a nurse at Logan Regional Hospital and has been a nurse since 2010.
I interviewed my mom on a Friday night in my bedroom. I was sitting at my desk and she was sitting on my bed. The nickname that I interviewed her about is mostly just used by my immediate family, but it can be used by extended family as well. My great-grandmother, who unintentionally gave me this nickname, actually doesn’t use this nickname as far as I can remember.
Me: Where does my nickname come from?
My mom: Well, your nickname is Mayha, and, that all originated one Christmas when my grandma, who was your great-grandmother, was writing all of the grandchildren, great- grandchildren’s names on paper bags, um...which was basically the gift wrap for Christmas presents that year. And when we got your bag, it said M-a-y-h-a [spelled out], where your name is actually pronounced – spelled, M-a-y-a-h [spelled out]. So instead of Mayah she had spelled Mayha, and we just that it was so funny that we continued to call you Mayha ever since, and, I don’t know it’s probably been over ten years now and we still call you Mayha, because of your great-grandmother spelling your name wrong on your Christmas present.
When I was interviewing my mom, she was telling the story about how I got the nickname in full detail as if I had not heard it before. She has told me this story before, but in less detail. She probably would not have gone into as much detail or explanation if I had not been recording her account of the nickname’s origin.
Introduction to Folklore (ENGL 2210)
Semester and year
G3: Folk Speech
Reaveley, Mayah, "Mayha" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 212.