What’s in a Name?

Slice of Life Day 2.

As a child of the 80’s all I wanted was a pencil with my name on it. There were pencils galore with names like Lisa, Janet, Amber and Amanda but none with my name, Kira. At supper one night, my mom made the mistake of telling me that they just about named me Jennifer. Big mistake, HUGE. There were pencils, pens, bracelets and even scratch and sniff stickers with the name Jennifer boldly emblazoned on these products. So that night, in protest, I decided that the only name I would answer to was Jennifer. This went on for some time and I either tired of the game or perhaps the name fad started to be less important to me. I grew to love my name and I also learned that it means twinkle in Japanese which suits my personality.

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12 Responses to What’s in a Name?

  1. Ashley says:

    As an Ashley of the 90’s, I would have been so jealous of your beautiful, unique name! How lovely that you grew to love it! Sparkle on!

  2. As someone named Alanna I can heavily relate to this post, my name is no where but I love it anyway, I’m glad you love yours too.

  3. Jen Driggers says:

    While reading your post, all of the shop racks with the name products on them just popped into my head. I had a very different experience than you since I am a Jennifer of the 80s! My name was on everything and everywhere but often sold out and I wished I had a less popular name. Kira is a beautiful name! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this post.

  4. bevbaird says:

    I can so relate – I still have trouble finding my name on things. But I do like it now.

  5. bevbaird says:

    I can so relate – I still have trouble finding my name on things. But I do like it now.

  6. renned9891 says:

    Love it! I can also relate to not being able to find my name until L.L.Cool J used it in one of his songs. 🙂 Thank you for sharing a simple story with a powerful meaning. Ironically, your “twinkle” has reminded me to use student names regularly and in positive light each day, no matter how difficult that day or behavior might be. Thanks, Kira!
    Good Luck with your Slicing this month!!

  7. Sonia says:

    I can sympathize. In the 1950s, the only person with a name remotely like mine was Sonja Henie, the iceskater. She spelled it differently, so my name was often misspelled. I was in my 30s before I ever met another “Sonia.” On the other end, a friend named her daughter Sarah, but this was the 1970s, so when Sarah was going off to college, she decided to change her name so she wouldn’t always be one of two or three or four “Sarah”s in the class. She made a list of nicknames for Sarah, took a poll, and chose Sadie. And that’s still who she is, 25 years later.

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