Oklahoma-born country singer Reba McEntire is one of four siblings:
- Alice, b. 1951
- Del Stanley, “Pake” (rhymes with rake), b. 1953
- Reba Nell, b. 1955
- Martha Susan, “Susie,” b. 1957
Reba was named after her maternal grandmother, but the story of Pake’s nickname is a bit more interesting. Here’s how their mother Jacqueline starts the story:
Our oldest daughter, Alice, was named “Pedro Joe” long before her birth. Her father, Clark [veteran rodeo cowboy and inductee in the Rodeo Hall of Fame], would often write home on the road because we didn’t have a phone.
He’d say, “How is Pedro Joe?” and, if I knew where he was going to be, I’d write back to the next rodeo he was entering and tell the prospective father that he was just fine. Well, when the baby came, she was a little girl. End of Pedro Joe.
The same thing happened with their second child, who was called “Pecos Pete” or “Pake” before he was born. In his case, though, the name was retained. The formal name his parents chose for him was Del Stanley (after rodeo stars Del Haverty and Stanley Gomez), but the birth certificate reads: “Del Stanley (Pake).”
The McEntire’s in utero nicknaming tradition wasn’t carried on with Reba or Susie.
- Sharpe, Jerry. “Pake McEntire heads for success on his own.” Pittsburgh Press 1 Jun. 1986: 101.
- Smith, Lisa. “Pake McEntire” Gavin Report August 8, 1986: 39.
- By Any Name, Pake a Hit McEntire Extends Family Tradition of Rodeo Success
- McEntire, Reba. Comfort from a Country Quilt. New York: Bantam, 1999.
P.S. Want more country music-related names? Here are Dolly Parton’s siblings.