How was it pronounced??? Was it pah-scwally or pass-cali? Makes a difference... If it was the first, she may have been being cute as that is what many older folks used to call the kids (in the country, anyhow). Kinda like in the Snuffy n Weezey comic strip... It's a pet name, kinda like sweet pea or sugar pie. Another pronunciation could be pass-cal, which I have heard once or twice and isn't terrible, but isn't for me. Some folks don't really think of how a name may or may not affect the kid. I tried really hard to avoid any names that could be made fun of, but sorta failed on 2 (Aurora - had no idea there was a toilet paper by that name and -thanks to his dad- Kullen - obviously it is often mispronounced as colon ~Great!~ Also Aurora ended up being called Ro for short and of course often gets to hear the Row your boat song) Anyway! You can't always pick the perfect name, no matter how hard you try. I am sure she had a really good reason for making that choice. When you have the chance to name a baby, remember that and try to do your kid a favor - wonder if it will work out better for you than it did or me...