What’s in a name?

I’m currently reading:

It’s a pretty hip book but it got me thinking…
There’s this one part where Sloane is talking about her name and how many times people muck it up- spell it incorrectly, think she’s a man prior to meeting her etc. She says: I have had this conversation with other odd-named people- Xantheses and Joaquins- and there’s something about having an especially different name that makes it difficult to imagine what you’d be like as a Jennifer.

I know “Kayla” isn’t exactly moving mountains in the “odd name department”, but I’ve always felt a little unique because of it. I get compliments on it, I’ve had people tell me that they’ve never heard this name before. When I was a kid, it was unbearably hard to get those dorky monogrammed items at the dollar store. They always had “Kyla”, “Kaitlin” etc- but for some reason there never was a “Kayla”.

This all changed of course when I was in about grade 4 or 5. All of a sudden there were “Kaylas” and “MiKaylas” all over the place. It annoyed me. I just think it’s strange that I actually feel a sense of ownership with my name. I always wonder if “Michelles”, “Christines” or “Sarahs” feel that way. Do they feel weird when someone calls their name but they’re talking to someone else? That’s always bizarre to me. I’ve never actually been friends with another Kayla. Whenever I hear the name shouted in public I get this feeling of “They have to be talking to me, because clearly I’m the only one in existence with this awesome name.”
I get really annoyed when people spell my name incorrectly or if they say “Kyla”- I guess I’m proud of it. Anyone else get this?

The best part is that my mother named me after the “Kayla” on Days of Our Lives (Beau’s sister)- so already it’s silly enough to be on a soap opera. (Their other choices were Deidre and Lana.) But still, somehow I feel like Kayla is mine.

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9 Responses to “What’s in a name?”

  1. prohanna Says:

    I enjoyed that book. Have you gotten to the story about her moving day? Hilarious.

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Yes! And it’s amazing! It really is the epitome of bad “moving stories”.

  3. Tova Says:

    I was just told about this book a few weeks ago from another ex-pat here. Apparently it’s also being made into a tv show or a movie, something that’s being filmed.

    And darling, I’ll give a Kayla and raise you a Tova.

  4. Jocelin Says:

    I know the feeling exactly! I was always so devastated as a child that I never had a keychain with my name on it bahaha.

    At this point it’s almost shocking for me when people spell my name right. I have met a couple other Jocelins (not spelled my way) but I’m so used to being the only one that it is a bit upsetting.. and when someone has yelled at another Jocelin it’s always caused huge confusion.

    I like Kayla though, Kayla beats Dierdre anyday.

  5. Jocelin Says:

    I was always so devastated as a child that I never had a keychain with my name on it.. if only mom had called me Micheal like she wanted to.

    I like Kayla though, Kayla beats Dierdre anyday.

  6. Jocelin Says:

    …and I appologise for the double post, my browser was freaking out :(

  7. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Courtney- I just got to the Poo on the carpet story and pretty much died. Bahahaha

    Tova- Little secret of mine, I’ve been secretly envious of your name since I first heard it. You are the only Tova I ever heard of, known etc. It’s so stellar.

    Jocelin- Your mum wanted to call you Michael?! That would have been a new one.

  8. Cayrah Says:

    im actually Cayla…so, in effect, Kayla..but ‘C’. people usually spell it ‘your’ way hehe…but. i’ll never find a pen with my name on it .

  9. Kayla Hillier Says:

    That’s interesting because when I saw “Cayrah” I kind of giggled to myself because that’s my friends’ nickname for me (Kayrah).

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