My parents wanted to name me “Jed” so they found names to make it work. Hence, James Edward Davis. My entire life I have been known as Jed and I’ve heard every rendition of the Beverly Hillbillies song that you could imagine… courtesy of my brother E.G. 🙂
I like the name Jed and I will admit that it’s a hard one to understand when I’m introducing myself, especially in a loud environment. People hear: Jeff, Jeb, Jared, and even Jen. For a while, I introduced myself as “Jed, like the Clampets” until the day someone gave me a blank stare. I adapted and went with the clear, cultural winner “…as in Jedi”.
When I turned 40, while rebranding my company, James Davis Designs was the clear poll favorite. I made a compromise with my two selfs. Now, I introduce myself as James and Jed runs the wood and metal shops.
Whether you call me Jed or James, I won’t be offended and I will gladly answer to either. You can even call me Jen if your really want, but when I’m with my girlfriend, that will cause a fair amount of confusion! LOL
James “Jed” Davis