Monday, April 16, 2012

Should I change my name?

Okay, so here's my dilemma: I like my name.  To make things less complicated, I am going to mention right off that my name is NOT Kimberellie.  It's Kimberly.  Kimberellie is a nickname (which I also like).  But it isn't my name.

Here's another nickname: Kim.

Yes.  It isn't the name on my birth certificate.  So that makes it a nickname. And therein lies the problem: I don't like it.  I mean, okay, I sort of like it.  I don't mind it.  I certianly don't like "Kim" as much as I like Kimberly.  It has a syllable problem; there's only one.  So why don't I just ask people to call me Kimberly, you ask?

Well, being that I quite LIKE the name Kimberly, this should solve the problem of the less than exhilarating "Kim".  Well, it doesn't.  You see, the problem is, when people call me Kimberly it just seems SO personal.  I mean not "personal" like we're besties, but certainly as personal as if we're friends.  This is why I introduce myself to people as Kim: to avoid the shock of someone I don't even know calling me Kimberly, as if they were almost my bestie.  But see: sometimes I do become besties with former strangers...or at least friends.  Only, they then CONTINUE to call me Kim!

Anyway, this leaves me precious few people who call my Kimberly.  Really it is only a few family members and my husband (who actually more often calls me "Kimbee" which is not something I want anyone EXCEPT family and actual besties calling've been warned).

So I have come up with a solution to my HUGE problem (that was sarcasm...really I'm just writing because I like to hear the sound of my own voice).*  The solution is thus: I shall introduce myself as an ENTIRELY different name altogether.  That way, if any stranger DOES become a friend I can tell him/her to call my "Kimberly" at that point.  You see, this doesn't work when I start off as "Kim" because people are lazy slackers and will continue to monosyllable me regardless of my preferences even if they change.

BUT, if I start of as say, "Georgina" and then switch to "Kimberly" backsliding won't come nearly so naturally.  Also, it will be a great way to tell if people really do want to be my friends as I will seem quite crazy at this point.

So here's where you come in.  I need help picking out a new "introductory name".  Here's my short-list:

1. Georgina (the husband suggested this.  I think he was kidding.  But I like it).
2. Paige (it's only one syllable but look at those side by side vowels!)
3. Henrietta
4. Audrey
5. Adelaide
6. Lisette
6. Prudence
7. Rosalind

Anyway, let me know what you like best!  Also, do YOU like the shortened for of your name?  Should I call you Henrietta?

Heart: Kimberellie/Rosalind

outfit details:

dress, gap: $8
shoes, vintage: $8
stockings, vintage (NEW in pack): $1
belt, jacob: $20
leather jacket, danier: $350

*I always speak out loud when writing (because my voice is so melodious).


  1. I vote Audrey....Audrey Furnell sounds best.

  2. I shall call you Prudence and you shall call me Aithne (Eth-nee) Eloise - I've always thought 'Tracy Ann' way too boring for me ;) I want to be Aithne Eloise!

  3. Oh how I've missed you!
    I'm thinking Natasha's a good alternate name ;)
    Prudence would be brilliant though!

    Natasha ~

  4. My parents named me 'Jackie' after my father 'Jack... I have always wanted to be called 'Jacqueline' though!
    If I could choose my own name it would be 'Silence Thelise'

  5. Out of the choices given I vote Rosalind. However, Brunhilda also has a nice ring to it. Meow.

  6. I vote for Lisette. Also, I love the pretty dress you're wearing. Also, when I was little I wanted to change my name to Kimberly. I thought it sounded so grown up and fashionable. I wanted to be Kimberly, and I wanted to wear patent leather mary janes every day. Oh, childhood dreams.

  7. My Vietnamese neighbours do this - I was introduced to her daughter at playgroup as 'Nina', and then only when she and my son started nursery did I discover her real name was Kimmy. Very confusing. Still, what do I know? I used the name Lakota (a nightclub, as well as a native American people) for years on the internet, then added it by deed-poll as an actual middle name. So now loads of people know me as that, rather than the name my original real life friends call me, and its associated shortenings. It also sounds weird when my husband calls me by my full actual first name, as he usually calls me by a variety of nicknames. I may have an identity crisis.

    Anyway, I vote for Audrey. Or possibly Susan, for the possibility of drunken Whitney Houston singing at a later date.

  8. Lovely loafers!

  9. I love Adelaide! Gorgeous outfit!


  10. I like Adelaide. I only have one friend who shortens by name (I'm Rebecca, she calls me Becca) everyone else has never gotten away with it although my family calls me Bec and I'm cool with that. I don't mind the shortening I just dislike the options Becca and Becky remind me of cheerleaders and I don't feel like a cheerleader...

  11. I sold a car to a woman named Kimber whose given name Kimberly was too formal for her but she didn't like to be called Kim. My name (Paige) cannot be shortened but has on many occassions been elongated to Paigey which has always felt alls sorts of wrong. If I were to ever have a daughter I would name her Matilda so she could be Tilly when she is a wee girl, Tilda when she is a mother and Matilda when she is a handsome old woman.


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