"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
I've been thinking about names lately, preferably nick-names. Why do we choose the nicknames we do? For example, here in blogland my name shows up as "Kel" where as I sign everything ~K. I have always signed things in this manner, by using my first initial...I can't remember how it started or why, but it has been many, many years since I first started doing this. Kel on the other hand is a shortened version of my legal name Kelli. This seems logical but at the same time it kind of reminds me of a childlike name, kind of fun and whimsical but not really grown up. (Yes, I have friends who call me Kel, most of which are long term friends. )
My hub on the other hand, he refuses to go by anything other than the name listed on his birth certificate. There will be no shortened version, no cute 'nickname', no lighthearted names used by only his family...nope, he will just not answer to anything other than his name.
What's the big deal?
Well with the hub, it goes back to his father (the hub is a Jr and his son is the III) - I however, have noticed that my daughter DQ questions her names. She has her legal name and then there is the shortened version of her name which is interchangeable depending on who is talking to her. When she was learning to write her name she would tell you her first name, her last name and her nickname. Even to this day she thinks she has 4 names - 1st, middle, last and nickname. She's asked me once or twice why I call her by her nickname, and honestly I don't have an answer except to say that is her name too.
In blogland, we are given an opportunity to choose our own name and some of us don't stray from our traditional name, some of us choose an alias to protect our identity and some of us choose a new name that is more of a reflection of our personality. Some names like Elizabeth have multiple variations - Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Lizbeth etc. and they can change with time as we grow and reflect the image we convey outwardly.
I guess what intrigues me most is that our names are given to us by our parents (both good and bad) is that some of us have a very strong attachment to it while some of us change it to suit us as we go.
Does it matter to you what people call you? If so, how do you choose YOUR nickname?