Names, perhaps! But let's be real, we're all abuzz with the prince and duchess's unborn baby. And while some may take their royal fixation to a higher level than others, we all want to know whether the baby is a boy or a girl and, of course, what name will be chosen!
Our famous Kappas may not have royal blood, but they do bleed blue and blue. Bets are on seven favorite names if it's a girl, so let's see how they align with our famous Kappas*.
Charlotte-such a chic name and it's the middle name of Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa. It's no wonder Charlotte York from Sex and the City was a fictional member of Kappa. We also must remember Charlotte Barrell Ware, a Kappa from Boston. She was the second Grand President and her silver candlesticks started what we know as the Passing of the Light ceremony.
Elizabeth-it may be the name of the current Queen, but in Kappaland it belongs to Elizabeth McKay, founder and creative mind behind the fashionable brand Elizabeth McKay.
Mary-while none will compete with the royal connection to the name Mary, there are lots of famous Marys in the Kappa lineage.
We have Mary Brooks, a former director of the U.S. Mint; Mary Hickcox Kotker, author and founder of The Well Spouse Foundation; Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch, a social worker and former longtime president of the National Public Housing Conference; Mary Carlin Yates, the former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi and Ghana; and, of course, Mary Maxwell Gates, who was the first woman to chair the national United Way's executive committee and, yes, she is also the mother of Bill Gates.
We also have Marys that may not make Wikipedia's list of famous Kappas, but they do make it into our history books.
Mary Griffith Canby was the Grand President from 1906-08, and she had her mail delivered to her on top of a mountain during her presidency! Then there's Mary M. Kingsbury, who was the first historian of Kappa and head of the Greenwich House in New York City. And who could forget Mary Frances Ball, who was the leader of the YWCA, but she was also the first initiate of Kappa Chapter at Hillsdale and the chapter's first bride!
Wikipedia doesn't mention any Alexandras, Dianas, Victorias or Carolines-but we do love our Kates!
Notably, we have Kate Spade, of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. We also have Kate Jackson who may be best known for her role in Charlie's Angels. And we shouldn't forget Kate Shelley,the hero who saved many lives from a train disaster in 1881.Shelley also was a member of the original Omicron Chapter, which closed in 1890.
The anticipation is mounting! What baby name(s) do you think will reign queen? (pun intended.)
*Famous Kappas noted are cited from Wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kappa_Kappa_Gamma_sisters
Charlotte York, HBO
Elizabeth McKay, http://www.emckay.com/about/history
Mary Brooks, http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/Gold_all_there_when_Ft_Knox_opened_doors