I've been meaning to post this on my website for a long time (it's like, #752 on The List), as I get asked about the TreeFeathers name a lot. I just got another inquiry about it, so it's now been bumped up to #1! Which means I can cross something off The List, yay!
So, what the heck does TreeFeathers mean, anyway? I'll admit, it made more sense back when I was making Christmas tree ornaments for a living, but then the miniatures took over.
Well here it is: TreeFeathers is an old family joke in a branch of my family, the Trefethens. The Trefethens came from Cornwall originally, and settled in Maine in the 1600s. Apparently, Cornish names can only be understood by the bearers, because for the last four centuries or so Trefethens have become accustomed to the following conversation:
Trefethen: Hello, I'm [insert name here] Trefethen
Non-Trefethen: Tree-what? Tree feather?
So it became a joke name in the family (there's also a ThreeFeathers variant - you can tell what branch of cousins someone is from based on which version they use.)
I also like the sort of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" silliness of it. My favorite book of poems ever! And the source of the only poem I ever learned by heart, besides Jabberwocky:
Teddy said it was a hat,
and so I put it on.
Now Dad's saying, "Where the heck's
the toilet plunger gone?"
Aren't you glad you asked?