The Claire/Alex problem. Are you in the middle name users club too?

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It’s always been something I’ve had to explain to everyone I’ve ever met.

My name is Claire Alexandra Donaghy. Before I was married I was Claire Alexandra Scott.

Everyone who knows me in Lancashire calls me Alex, everyone who knows me in Leicestershire is confused and I don’t blame them. It is confusing!

And the story goes:

My mum knew a lady in Scan (a supermarket in the olden days) called Alex. I’m pretty sure she was the first lady Alex she came across and she just loved the name (she probably thought she was super cool and it goes with the name, obviously she was right! ;))

I needed to have a middle name (because my mum and dad didn’t get one and they were cool at the time of my birth) and she really struggled to find a middle name to go with Alexandra that she liked.

My mum swapped Alexandra to be the middle name and Claire was to be my first name. I was NEVER going to be called Claire by my immediate family.

I’ve had a number of aliases in the past (by close family and children I’ve cared for) :





But I’ve always been Alex.

I’m happy to be called either Claire or Alex because formally I am Claire, so please do choose one. I really don’t mind which.

Ironically my hubby also has always used his middle name (one of them)… But that’s not my story to tell.

And here we are. I’ll end my post with this(because this is a formal platform and it feels right):

Thank you so much for reading my post. If you liked it please give it a ⭐ and comment ‘I read your post’ and I’ll personally get back to each of you!Sharing is caring so please do!


Author: Alex@ministryofminding

Hi! 2017 was my year! 2018 will be too! I’ve been a registered childminder for the past 12 years and have loved working with babies, children and their families. Ministry of minding is my passion...a service that allows parents and careers to have time away from the children to reboot their energy levels and to help them discover themselves again, and eachother! Parenting is a full time job, even when we go to work full time! Having at least 1 full time job means we need a break...not just once every 3 months or so...We need regular time away to be the best parent or career we can be, and by regular I mean at least once a fortnight! Ministry of minding allows you to have that time away without feeling guilty! No one does a good job when they are running on empty! By choosing me to come to your house, I’m giving you peace of mind your children are well cared for and the ‘sitter‘ has a valid paediatric first aid certificate, is fully insured, has a level 4 qualification and has more than 12 years of experience in childcare and more than 16 years experience of being a homeowner and parent! I’m a very proud parent of 3 very clever daughters aged 16, 14 and 3. I’m doing what I’m passionate about because I want them to see any parent can go and achieve their dreams, no matter their circumstances or age! Thank you for taking your time to read this...and if you’ve gotten this far you might as well get to know me even more! I love (a lot!) Christmas, Halloween, Harry Potter (clue in my business name), Disney, Autumn and walking (or cycling) through the beautiful places in this world. Now you have to meet me to get to know me even more!

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