She’s Changing Her Name From Kitty to Karen…

She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron…

Part of the divorce process is the option to change my name free of charge.  Change my name back to my maiden name I asked the attorney?  Honey you can change it to One Red Truck if you want.  Wow, I never really realized.  I’ve just known people to change their name back to what it was before the marriage.  Like you can revert back to that person again.  Seems silly.  I mean, I’ve had my current last name now as long (nearly) as I had my maiden name.  And I like it.  Why would I change it back?  But it did get me thinking…I have always wanted a different first name.  That’s silly too you all might be saying, but it’s true.  I’ve never really felt like a heather.  I just haven’t.  And most people end up calling me something else entirely or not addressing me directly anyway.  What if?  I thought.  In my twenties, my name change would have been Kate West.  Loved that name.  Still do.  But now, I’ve got this book embosser with my first two initials and last name, my poetry is published under that as well, my signature is that, and well, I’m fond of my initials.  They are something I thought I’d have forever.  So now I find myself drawn to the name Helen.  It is old-fashioned in the best of ways, it is my grandmother’s name, it sounds great with my middle and last name, is easier to pronounce in French (which should be more of a consideration for names I think), and it begins with the same initial. I’m sold, what about you?

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15 thoughts on “She’s Changing Her Name From Kitty to Karen…

  1. My two cents worth…I have always loved the name Heather, it’s so Irish, and somehow it fits you.
    I think if I were going to change anything it would be the spelling of your middle name to Jenet which is the original spelling of your 2X great grandmothers name. (Sorry couldn’t figure out how to get the punctuation in it) Then your name would be Irish, French, German and English…how international could you get? 🙂

  2. Helen is a lovely name…my godmother was named Helen, but after 24 years of “Heather” I’m not sure my brain could handle a switch. It might just explode. It’s hanging on by a thread most days anyway. 🙂

    • Oh my god, has it been 24 years? I’m sure you could manage. Plus you have a work heather in your life. I’d just uncomplicate things by using a different name entirely. Still pretty close though…

  3. Hmmmm, I really like the name Heather. I think it’s ethereal, like you, my dear. Helen seems a bit drab for you. Love the Jénet idea, though.

  4. English Meaning:
    The name Heather is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Heather is: A flowering evergreen plant that thrives on peaty barren lands as in Scotland. Heather.

    American Meaning:
    The name Heather is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Heather is: A flowering evergreen plant that thrives on peaty barren lands as in Scotland. Heather.

    SoulUrge Number: 11
    People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters.

    Expression Number: 11

    People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly immaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers, or misuse power.

  5. This should pretty much convince you:
    Helen
    The name Helen is a baby girl name.

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    Greek Meaning:
    The name Helen is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Helen is: Cymbeline’ A lady attending on Imogen. ‘The History of Troilus and Cressida’ Wife to Menelaus.

    American Meaning:
    The name Helen is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Helen is: Most beautiful woman in the world.

    Latin Meaning:
    The name Helen is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Helen is: Shining light. The bright one. Helen of Troy, whose elopement with Paris sparked the Trojan War, was the daughter of Zeus and wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta.

    Shakespearean Meaning:
    The name Helen is a Shakespearean baby name. In Shakespearean the meaning of the name Helen is: Shining light. The bright one. Helen of Troy, whose elopement with Paris sparked the Trojan War, was the daughter of Zeus and wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta.

    SoulUrge Number: 1
    People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.

    Expression Number: 8
    People with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and are able to achieve great material dreams. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships.

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