This is really freaky that people would be interested in talking about the origins of my name. To set the record straight. My birth name was Leona Adams. Friends from Primary school call me Leo. My fathers nick name for me was Dude. I have carried that nick name for forty years!! I am married hence "TuiSamoa" so my legal name is Leona TuiSamoa.
I prefer to be called Dude.
Sorry there is no mystery to it, and it is not "fake" as such as it is a name that has stuck with me for a very long time. If you call me Leona I would probably ignore you as I am not use to hearing it - not even my mum or Dr call me Leona!
I was doing some research and happened upon this site. I am sure there are more interesting things to ponder and talk about than my name, but you certainly spiked my curiosity and have given me something to talk about when I go to work tomorrow.
You probably wont hear from me again I just wanted to set he record straight, oh and I am definitely all WOMAN!! Peace be with you.