Buffy Sainte-Marie

Meaning: Nickname for the name Elizabeth
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: BUHF-ee
Origin: English
Other forms of the name: N/A

You know, I actually think Buffy is sort of cute, I wouldn’t name my child Buffy, but I think it would be adorable on somebody else’s. I prefer it as a nickname only though. Buffy is said to have originated from a young child’s pronunciation of the ending syllable of Elizabeth.

It is common knowledge that the most famous Buffy out there is Buffy Summers, star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. The vampire killing extraordinaire who’s part-time job is cheerleading was played by the waif-like Sarah Michelle Gellar. The extremely popular series ran from 1997 to 2003; I remember watching it as a child and ogling at how cool Buffy was and how I couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t just go with Spike, but that’s a different topic. The series came second to the  movie of the same name which came out in 1992 and starred Kristy Swanson as the title character.

There are however, a few other Buffy’s. One being the currently reigning Queen of England’s mother, Elizabeth, who often went by Buffy. The second being Canadian Cree folk-singer, songwriter, and generally awesome woman, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Buffy Sainte-Marie was born Beverly in 1941 and orphaned young, she was adopted by Albert and Winifred Sainte-Marie who had been related to her parents. On a trip to a Powwow on a Piapot Cree reserve she was metaphorically adopted by the Chief’s youngest son, Imu Piapot and his wife.

Later on Buffy had an ill-fated marriage with a Hawaiian surf instructor, Dewain Bugbee. She then married Sheldon Wolfchild, another marriage ending in divorce, but out of this marriage she had a son, Dakota “Cody” Starblanket Wolfchild. Buffy married a third time but that marriage ended as well, her current love is Chuck Wilson, they have been together since 1993.

In 1962 she was touring by herself and performing in many different venues. In 1963 while recovering from a throat infection she became addicted to codeine, her experience with addiction helped her write her song “Cod’ine”. She witnessed wounded soldiers returning home from Vietnam and wrote her protest song “Universal Soldier”. Buffy often appeared on “Sesame Street” back in the day and taught children about the Native American culture; she even breastfed her son in one episode!
Today Buffy is still rocking on at the ripe old age of seventy.

The name Buffy only appeared on US’ most popular names list from 1967 to 1977, I wonder if Miss Saint-Marie had anything to do with that?

Here is a song of her’s to listen to, “Poppies”: