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H is for my name……Heidi #AtoZChallenge

I was named Heidi after my father watched the movie, “Heidi” with Shirley Temple.  He fell in love with her in that movie and insisted on naming me Heidi.  Growing up, I didn’t take to my name like he did.  I wanted a more sophisticated name, like Natasha – I loved that name when I was a kid, don’t ask me why because I have no idea!  I recall not liking the fact that there is no shortened version of my name like Tasha is for Natasha.  It just seemed like a boring name to me.  Have you ever felt that way about your name?

               Here’s the book version of Heidi

People always seem surprised when I tell them my name is Heidi.  I recall one of my first job interviews and the man that interviewed me said, “You don’t have blonde hair or blue eyes!” …… I got the job, so that’s all that mattered, but if I had a dime for every time that was said I would be rich!  I guess it’s not common to see a Mexican/Serbian with a Swiss name.

Now that I’m older, I have more appreciation for my name because it isn’t common.  I mean, how many Heidi’s do you know?

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11 Comments

  1. Parents often pick a name they like, with no thought as to initials or nick names or even how the name works in their particular culture.

    Somehow, tho, we seem to grow into our name as the years go by.

  2. I always hated my name. Boring, not different, evoking no cute images. I remember being about 10-12 and asking my mother if I could start spelling it Dawna. I got an abrupt NO in response. LOL!

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  3. I knew a girl named Haidee who was part Japanese, and another named Heidi who was Black. No blonde hair or blue eyes there.

    Having gone to a Catholic high school, I got used to being called by my last name…

  4. I love the movie! I actually saw the original version way back when, and the sequel. It was in German. I still have my picture book from that movie. And, I love your name!

  5. I think Heidi is a beautiful name, no matter what ethnicity you may be.

  6. I will send your post to my sister Heidi (who is blond & blue) and my step-daughter Natasha (whom we call Tasha) 🙂 I laughed through this since you used Tasha’s name as the one you wanted.

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  7. I wnjoy reading your writing. I don’t know anyone named Heidi, I like the name. Always disliked my name because people call you different versions of it: Pat, Patty, Patsy, or if you have a cousin with the same name, little Patty. I’d prefer Tricia but never got called that. In 2nd grade, my friends and I tried to go by middle names, mine is Jane and this upset my mom. That’s another story. She called me Patty Lou, which my husband picked up and uses that name for me too.

    • Heidi

      I never thought of the frustrations involved with having many nicknames ….I always like to ask the person what they prefer to be called, much better that way!

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