I wanted to be a Kylie

When I was 12 years old, I wished my name was Kylie instead of Kelly. It was 1991. I was in the midst of hyper coloured T-shirts, culotte shorts and Kylie Minogue.  I didn’t idolise Kylie Minogue personally, but there was a hype about her which made me think the name far cooler than plain old Kelly.

{culotte shorts in all their glory}

90's fashion  - culotte short

In high school (the years surrounding 1996), I was bombarded with the likes of Savage Garden, wispy fringes and braided belts. I was over the name Kylie and wondered why my parents didn’t call me by my middle name, Adrienne.  Adrienne was more elegant, mysterious and interesting than simple old Kelly, right?

{go the fringe}

1990s-fashion

Today, I’m Kelly, and I love my name. I like my name because my parents gave it to me; I like it because you can write it with a lot of swirls;  I like it because it’s familiar and I’ve grown into it.  When I look back over the years, I see the names I wanted to apply to myself as an extension of what I was learning at the time. Late primary school, I was dealing with peers and trying to work out how to fit in. In high school, I was working out who I was and who I wanted to be. Now, I’m confident in who I am and can embrace what that looks like fully.

Kelly

Do you ever wonder if your children will like the name you chose for them? Do you like your name?

The following two tabs change content below.
Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

Latest posts by Kelly - Be A Fun Mum (see all)

Comments

  1. says

    I still don’t like my name lol I am not an Anna. At least I don’t think so. I am not special like the Anna’s in books. I am no Disney Princess like Anna in Frozen. I am basically a nobody and Anna is also very simple and I’ve always wanted to be a Vanessa or something cooler. My daughter has the coolest name I think. its long, with a cute nick name. its perfect if you ask me. Nickname for Anna? There isnt one………

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *