K is for Kate: A-to-Z Challenge

me at mimi and pa'sI apologize in advance if I offend anyone about their name.

I was born Debra Catherine.  My brothers named me; my mom wanted Dion, which was neva-gonna happen.  I liked my name for the most part, and have been called, Deb, Debbie, and Debra.  In college there was a freshman with the same name, and the administration switched our scholarships — I switched them back, because I was getting more money!

Debbie was a bit of a plague, not just because of Debbie Does Dallas, a porn movie released, I assume when I was in high school.  There were ten of them in my high school class, so for awhile I was called Becky.  ARGH.  It also had the connotation of a dumb beach blonde.  I have NO idea why.  When I went to college I switched exclusively to Debra.  I corrected those that called me Debbie.  I was leaving that name behind.

Some part of me knew I was another name.   I tried on Catherine, and felt it was too Queenly.  I always hated Cathy, because I had known two horrid mean girls named Cathy!

Kate had good vibes.  There was Kate Hepburn, which cinched the deal.  Kate was a strong name, a no-nonsense name, the name of someone who was surprising and even funny.

On my 50th birthday I changed my name legally.  BTW, post 9-11 that is near impossible.  Homeland security would not let me drop Debra altogether.  Oh, don’t get me started. . .  another post!


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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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10 Responses to K is for Kate: A-to-Z Challenge

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Great story about the tribulations of your name. I hate mine – Joan – but knew I’d get no traction to change it in my inflexible family. Hence I thrive on my alter egos, of which I have many. A couple people call me Joanie, and it sounds ok for those few, but not a name I like much better than Joan. I mostly love Sammy, my blogging moniker.

    From now on I’ll call you Kate instead of Katie 🙂 Now I have two friends named Kate – both strong females and uniquely themselves.

  2. cjswriting says:

    I like Kate. Great name. 🙂

    I had a similar back and forth with my name, which is Christina, and tried Christy as as young girl but there were tons of Christy’s at the time. So after ruling out a variety of other choices, I decided in my initials, CJ. I think we find what is right for us.

    Have a great A to Z month 🙂

  3. Hi Kate, I’m visiting in the A to Z, have enjoyed reading some of your posts and look forward to reading more! Interesting how different names speak to us in different ways. As if they are really personalities.

Love to hear from you....

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