Monday, February 11, 2008

Caroline

Would you believe I have had 3 names since I was born. When I was first born and before I was put up for adoption I was identifed as Baby Girl Smith. When my parents took me home they named me Jennifer Jane and for the first six weeks of my life I was called Jennifer. My Mom always told me that they thought it would be so cute that they had a Jennifer and a Jimmy.

Well, when I was six weeks old my parents took me to Minnesota to visit my Dad's parents. During the visit my parents were going through some old family stuff and came across someone on my Dad's side that was named Caroline Ann. I can't imagine doing this after six weeks, but my parents decided right then and there that my name was going to change. I have several pictures of msyelf when I was a baby that say Jennifer and Jimmy on the back of the picture. My baby book has Jennifer Jane marked out and Caroline Ann written right next to it.

Growing up I hated my name. I didn't know anyone else that had my name except for one or two Carolyn's. And everyone spelled it wrong. I think part of the reason it was always spelled wrong was because my family pronounced it Carolyn and not Caroline. The summer between 5th and 6th grade I told everyone that my name was spelled Carolyn and insisted that everyone change the spelling. That lasted the summer and I eventually went back to spelling it correctly.

Now that I am an adult I love my name and I would never consider changing it.

So, my question for all of you: Do you like your name? Have you ever thought about changing it?

9 comments:

Katie said...

When I was in 3rd grade I wanted my name spelled with a "y" so I was spelling it Katy for a long time~mainly to see how long I could get away with it, and it pissed my parents off. That was the bonus ;)

Anonymous said...

My mom was so huge when she was pregnant with me that she 'knew' she was going to have twins. Our names were to be Troy Dean and Traci Dee. When only I showed up on my birthday, I am most grateful that my mom didn't decide to go with her #2 choice for a girl's name...Candy. So, considering the alternatives, I have to say my name will do. I did hate it when I was little though.

Audra said...

I love my name. I think it is wonderfully original, but as a kid I did have some issues with it. No one could ever pronounce it right (Odd-dra) and would always call me Audrey, Andrea, Aubrey. Aundrea. Or horribly misspell my name.

But now I LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

When I was younger, I was so sick of everyone calling me Abby that I insisted that my mom sign me up at school as Abigail. After two weeks, most of the teachers were calling me Abby again. This usually happened every year and as I got older I began to like Abby. Now I introduce myself as Abby.

Lynilu said...

Well, as you know I go by a nickname. I used to dislike my name, like most kids. And like you and Audra, lots of people mispronounced it. Instead of Marilyn (3 syllables) I heard Mar-lin (I'm not a fish!), or Mer-lin (I'm not a wizard!) or Mare-lin (This turned into singing "The Old Gray Mare" and as a kid that wasn't funny at all). So I shortened it to Lyn, not Mary which didn't fit me at all.

Now I really don't mind Marilyn if it is pronounced right, but I've been Lyn for so long ......

Julie said...

I hate the name Julie, but it's who I am. I had a weird stepmother who changed her name as an adult, and that kind of ruined the idea anyway.At this point, I wouldn't even change my last name if I got married.

Sonya said...

I love your name!

I don't care for my name. It isn't like I hate it, but I just don't care for it.

I think it would be hard for me to change my name. I changed my last name when I got married and really struggled with that. It felt good to take my maiden name back after that whole marriage thing didn't work out.

Patti said...

I am "Patricia" and never really had a problem with that name. I like Patti but it invites some rather "rude" nicknames sometimes.

As a child I wanted my name to be
Victoria Winters (from the TV show Dark Shadows)

amy h said...

Do you remember I tried to change over to my middle name around junior year of high school? I wanted to be Liz instead of Amy. I even signed up for college brochures as Liz, so I kept getting mail as Liz. It didn't stick though, obviously.