I go by the moniker Tenns. I like it, its short and sweet and cuts down on confusion unlike my actual given first name. My parent’s thought it was cool to name all of their kids fun, funky, unique names, because well it was the 80s and the thing to do. My two brothers and I have all have very unique first names. While they love theirs, I never really liked mines very much. The older I get the more it grows on me, but I can’t say if I had a name to pick for myself that my first name would be it. On the flipside, I feel like no other name would fit me better. As much as I just wanted a common name growing up, I wouldn’t want one now and I’m glad I don’t have one. I wasn’t JaneDoe #1, #2, or #3 in school, because everyone other little girl had that same name. I seriously went to middle and high school with at least 5 Ashley’s or Brittany’s. While those are very cute names, its was always Ashley A, B, or C, never just Ashley in school. There was always only one of me with my name, and I liked that.
This really came into play when it came to naming my son. My husband really wanted a Jr., like really bad. It meant a lot to him to give our son his name, even though I have never been a big fan of junioring a child, we did. Hubs has a common first name and I was weary to give our son a name so common. Although I didn’t want him to experience how I felt growing up, with disliking his name because it was unique, I also didn’t want the opposite. Its human nature to want what you can’t or don’t have, to think that the grass is greener on the other side. As we all know it never is, so you just have to be content with what is. That is pretty much where I’m at with my first name. Plus, no one really calls me by my first name anyways, so I never really think about it anymore.
What about you? – Do you like your name? Are you content with it or do you go by something else you prefer? Do you think names say a lot about someone?