A New Name

September 2nd, 2012 by Dionna | 15 Comments
Posted in Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family

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Have you ever wished you had a different name?

The other day as we were driving home from an outing, Kieran piped up from the back seat and said, “I want to change my middle name.”

My husband, Tom, picked his jaw up off the floor, while I asked Kieran (whose middle name is one he shares with Tom) what he would like to change it to.

“I want it to be Scar. Kieran Scar Ford.”1

There is a certain resemblance . . .

And yes, Tom and I shared a macabre smile over Kieran’s name choice.

When I was little and having the name Dionna made me stand out from all of the Jennifers and Heathers and Michelles, I often wished for a different name, too. I can only remember really loving the name Anastasia, however, so I’m not sure how that would have solved my problem.

I have a friend who, along with her partner, recently changed their last name to one that represented their family. I love that idea, but Tom prefers to remain a Ford, thankyouverymuch.

What about you, have you ever wished for a different name? What name did (do) you want?

  1. Scar photo credit: MarkCollettePhotos

15 Responses to:
"A New Name"

  1. Momma Jorje   mommajorje

    I grew up wishing for a boy name. What a shock, right? I wanted to be Bobbie or Billie or… anything but “Rebecca Sue!” I didn’t really have a problem with the name Rebecca Sue, but I wanted a boy name.

    At one point, I went by “Wayne.” Eventually I met a man that nicknamed me George after an old Bugs Bunny episode. I loved it! It stuck. When we divorced, he tried to tell me I couldn’t keep the nickname because he had given it to me – it was his. Um… right.

    I chose the spelling I wanted. Advice: write your name in cursive before you choose it! JORJE looks like Joye when written in cursive.

    I even had Jorje on my signature card at the bank for a while! I would really love to have my name legally changed, but I can not justify the expense (hundreds of dollars).

  2. Momma Jorje   mommajorje

    We tried to get the city to let us change both of our first names (to Jorje and Elmo) using our marriage license, but we were shot down.

  3. Melissa   vibreantwanderer

    I love Kieran’s name choice. I don’t remember why, but in preschool I decided that I wanted my name to be Amanda and I cried and cried to my parents for not having chosen the name for me in the first place. Nowadays, I like the name I have, though I do find myself wishing I hadn’t taken my husband’s last name. It has too many sound alike letters, which makes it very tough to spell out on the phone.

  4. Amy   anktangle

    Love it! The side-by-side is priceless, Dionna. Kieran is really such a character! (And thanks for the shout-out, too. =)

  5. Lacey Jane   LaceyJane

    My husband and I are changing our last name to a name we made up and no one else has. Our daughter already has it so right now she is the only person in the world with that last name. I’ve always liked my name, but my husband, Eric, often wishes his parents would have named him their first choice for a boy- Maxamillion. A common name now but not so common among people our age. We know about a dozen “Eric’s” between us though. I hope my daughter likes her name. It’s unique without being too out there :)

  6. Ruth Mitchell

    I think that possibly Kieran is trying to
    live up to his new choice of a middle name,
    since he now has a lovely scab which might turn
    into a SCAR on his nose!!! lol
    I never liked my name as a child, every other
    girl was named Ruth and I hated being one of
    many. I was always “Jeannette” when we
    played make believe but I don’t recall
    really wanting to change my name to that.
    I think one of my favorite names is “Mom”
    and my FAVORITE in the entire world is
    “Grandma” and “MeMaw”….NOTHING is better
    than that!!!!

  7. Jessica P.   TheSuperVegan

    I always wanted a different name. There are just SOOO many Jessicas! I remember in middle school,there were 5 of us in one class I was in! :/ I would have preferred something more unique. Not so out there that I was teased, but just not quite so common.

  8. Vidya Sury   vidyasury

    Oh, I definitely wanted a different name. At the very least, I wanted to spell my name different. One of the reasons was being at the bottom of the attendance register with the V’s. Eventually I was okay with it, as I was the only Vidya around for many years. But I do recollect badly wanting to be a boy!

    I love Kieran’s photograph in this post – I can see he’s growing up. Oh, how time flies!

  9. Sibylle

    I have always loved my first name, Sibylle. I can’t remember ever having wanted to change it. I’m from Belgium, so I speak French, hence the spelling. In English, that would be Sybil, I guess. Anyway, that’s a beautiful name I think, and I like it.

    My sister doesn’t love her name that much. Her name’s Coline, and in French, it’s pronounced exactly like the word meaning “hill”, so she was often called “mountain” or things like that, to make fun of her. That wasn’t nice, even though now that she’s all grown up, it has stopped.

  10. MrsWJAA

    In elementary school, I always wanted to have a different name than Pearlie, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the uniqueness….

    My sister also had a unique name and after she passed I decided that if I have a little girl, I’ll pass that name on to her… I can’t even find that name on any of the name sites it is so unique:) Sorry, can’t share it here… has too much family meaning for me… I can’t remember sissy ever saying that she wanted a different name, just that she was greatful that her dad and our mom didn’t go with their first choice of Willamina:)

  11. Melodie   bfmom

    When I was little I wanted my name to be Samantha Hope Ileen (I would keep Ileen as it is already my middle name and it is strangely the middle name of both of my grandmothers on both sides of my family). Anyway, the only problem was that with my last name the acronym would be S.H.I.T. Laughably unfortunate. :D

  12. I think Keiran “the scar” Ford has a nice catch to it. Maybe it could be his Superhero name? :)

    In short- yes, I did want a new name. I honestly don’t mind my name but I have two words for you: Steve Urkle. Yeah.

    In high school, I was given the nickname “George” by my friends dad. It was totally random and it stuck. They still call me that, even though we live so far apart and rarely see each other. I have a real George now (my son) so if we ever get together, my kids are going to be super confused! Lol.

  13. Crunchy Con Mommy   crunchyconmom

    There were 12 girls in my grade at my school with my name, so I definitely thought about changing it! When we moved when I was junior high, I seriously considered going by my middle name, but I didn’t do it. Fun to think about sometimes though!

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