Friday, December 07, 2007

What's in a name

I read a very funny story today on one of the blogs that I found while browsing on Nablopomo. The writer/artist's name is (unfortunately) named Bambi. You can read her funny story on your own, but what I wanted to write about is just the horrible thought of being saddled with a name like that. There would be no nickname that could get you out of it. You'd simply have to endure the comments and astonished looks until you were old enough to change it, or, as the writer seems to have done, come to proudly reclaim it as your own.

There really are very few acceptable names that end with -y or -ie or -i, in my opinion. Putting the diminutive suffix on a name makes you sound like a child, a porn star or a sports figure. I had a name like that until I was 21, so I know. "Betsy" was a name that people connected with a gun, a cow, and someone from Sunnybrook farm (although that was "Becky", but no one cares to be corrected on that point, believe me). Now, I have some friends named Betsy, and I don't mind them having that name... but really I am so glad to be quite done with it.

You just have to feel badly for people that happen to have the same name as someone famous, or those named for movie icons.


Deb Rox said...

True! I have the worst name ever. If I had a dollar for everytime someone said "Debbie, did you do Dallas?" I wouldn't have to do porn anymore.

I get called Deborah, Debra, Debs, Debby-Debi-Debbie, and Debo, not to mention Deb. I long for a name with no variations. No -ey on the end. Plus, there are a million Debbie's my age. A million!

Anonymous said...

How about Suzi? Am, I, like, a 60s surfer chick? Actually, I was given the (I think) much nicer "Suzy" when I was was a child, but sometime in my adolescence, I changed it, thinking Suzi was very cool and Asian looking... like Suzuki, or something like that. Go figure.