Having so many names and changing them often is not new to me. Growing up, I have always loved names hence the reason for the nick name I was given ‘ife olorukopupo’ (Ife = love; my childhood name, oruko pupo = plenty names, so my nickname was love with the plenty names for my non-native readers). Naturally I was given a lot of names at birth but then, I occasionally added as many names as I loved to it. I don’t know how I started that act but if I thought your name was pleasant to my ears, I will add it to mine so when people ask for my name, I’d name my original names plus all the new ones. The list grows and trust me I don’t forget the names. As I grew, I dropped the act though, I still have familial people from way back that still use the nickname.

When I was to enter JSS1, I changed my first and middle name and that has stuck till now. However, I still have trouble giving people one name. Today one asks for my name and I say “Jesufemi”. Another asks and I say ”Shine”. This is because of the uniqueness of the names and to save non natives the trouble.
Well back to my gist. In secondary school, I had several nicknames, the ones I was given and the ones I gave myself. I was given nicknames for different reasons, some to repronounce my name like shi-ne, sine; some for character I exhibited like Omojesu, Jesus child; and some to shorten my name like Sister Jesu, Femi, etc. But as a lover of names, I gave myself more unique ones that I loved. My first attempt was in JSS2 in line with the pattern of nicks then, I gave myself ‘Shining Angel’.

Then in SSS1 I grew from that to ‘Dazzling Mirage’, a name I picked from a book of same title by “Olayinka Abímbólá Egbokhare”. Obviously, I enjoyed reading the book so much. I even gisted my friends when school resumed. However I succumbed to a friend and changed the ‘Mirage’ to ‘Emerald’. My last nick in secondary school then was however ‘Moxie’. This time, I sat with the dictionary and gave myself a word I liked as a name. It was just few months to leaving but I made sure it registered with everyone that was close to me. That’s still my nickname till date. However, I haven’t stopped playing with names, hence my having a pen name.

Having various names has helped me be various things. I have hidden well under the shadow of the names. I have used the names as an influence for myself with people. I love all my names. I love the ones I was given, however I am very careful of the ones I choose for myself. I might not have had power over the ones I was given, but I have power over the ones I give myself because, that is what would resonate with me more. It is what tells me who I am. What people call us don’t matter, what matters is what we let ourselves be called. So tell me, what’s your name?
Polly-Anna®
(19-07-2020)

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  • July 20, 2020

    This is really interesting. I love how intentional you are about what names you choose for yourself. They’re all beautiful. My name is Adeola, been pretty much called that all my life but more recently, Dammy (my middle name, Oluwadamilola) has been more common, love them both 😀

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    • July 21, 2020

      This is well written and interesting…Shine on baby girl,ur name says it all..My name is FRANCISCA(Free) OLUWABUSAYOMI(God has added to my joy)
      I love my names

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      • July 22, 2020

        Thanks Francisca. Can I mix up the meaning of your name to mean “God has added joy to me freely”!

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    • July 21, 2020

      Adeola, I can’t still bring myself to call you Dammy. Lool. I’m so used to calling you Adeola and I won’t stop 😂

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      • July 21, 2020

        Lool I know right. I already know who to expect Dammy from and who to expect Adeola from, any sort of deviation would be weird for me too so don’t stop

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  • July 20, 2020

    Thanks Dammy. Your both names are lovely too.

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  • July 21, 2020

    My name is Pius but later oluwasesan, I later went on to add Funmilayo to Oluwasesan and then I went back to Heskimo and d list goes on like that.. But my favorite is Erioluwa cos it gives me courage when I feel like giving up… Nice write up shine.

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    • July 22, 2020

      Thanks Pius. Erioluwa is really beautiful. Keep being pumped!

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  • July 21, 2020

    I’m Oluwademilade! This name just shows who I am in Christ – a member of God’s royal family.
    This is a good write up.

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  • July 21, 2020

    Nice piece,I love this.My name is Omoniyi Oluwaseun Beulah. Beulah isn’t my birth given name,I choose it my self because I like the meaning (married/fruitful land)and then I particularly like how people ask me to pronounce the name again when they hear it for the first time.😆😆😆

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  • July 22, 2020

    Thanks Beulah. It’s a lovely name you chose for yourself

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  • July 22, 2020

    Thanks Oluwademilade. I really like your name and it’s full pronunciation really makes it beautiful.

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  • July 22, 2020

    Well done Moxie💟…..my name is VICTOR.
    I could say, I at times challenge the name, you know.
    I can’t just give up so easily on anything.
    And, I can boldly say; your name is who you are.

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