Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's in a name?

Yesterday turned into a madhouse for me, so I didn't have time to prepare a post for today.  Thank goodness I found this link-up while reading through my feed tonight.



I haven't always liked my name. In fact, if you ask my parents, they'd probably tell you I used to hate it.

In elementary school, I was so jealous of the girls who could find barrettes, pencils, necklaces, etc. with their name on it. Etsy and other customization didn't exist back then.  I must have asked my mom hundreds of times why they couldn't have named me Heather, Jennifer, or Samantha.

I can't tell you all the times I've been mistaken for a boy.  Not when they meet me, of course.  But someone hearing my name and automatically assuming I'm male.  I once won a free toy from a TV contest, and they sent me a Dick Tracy watch instead of a Barbie.  When I turned 18, I got a letter from the government telling me I failed to sign up for selective service.  I had to send them a notarized copy of my birth certificate to prove I was, in fact, a female.

As I got older, I've learned no one can pronounce it. Seriously. I've learned to answer to anything that sounds remotely close to my name -- Meesha, Meekah, Micka, Michaela (yeah, that happened), etc.

It's still irritating when people can't pronounce it or mistake me for the wrong gender, but overall, I really like my name now.  It's unique.  There aren't a lot of us out there.  And I do love the way my parents chose my name -- they put their first names (Mike and Marsha) together phonetically.  That's how you get Micah.  I honestly wouldn't trade it to be a Brittany, Ashley, or Jessica now.

Do you like your name?


10 comments:

  1. I do know a male Micah, I didn't even think of that before now. But I like it! I think it suits you, even if the government does think you're a boy ;)

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  2. Aw I think it's sweet that it's a mix of your parents' names. I can understand how you felt when you were younger, but it's very unique and cool!

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  3. I like your name!! I'm used to a bajillion ppl having my name lol Thanks for linking up!!

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  4. I absolutely love your name! I too have always gotten mistaken as a guy. when I was applying for teaching jobs, I was called in to interview for a PE position. I saw them all look at each other, and the first question they asked was "Are you able to supervise a boys locker room?" Um no.

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  5. Micah is one of my favorite names EVER! I'm so jealous!

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  6. I love the name Micah, I do know a boy with that name but no girls. I think unique names are so much fun.

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  7. I love how they got your name! And I think it's really cool and unique, but yes I can understand how annoying it would be to have a name that no one understood.

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  8. I've never met a woman named Michah, so I think your name is perfect! I'm a fan of unisex names...it's different and refreshing! :)

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  9. I love how your parents put their names together to get yours! Such a cute and unique idea! And I'm glad I was pronouncing your name right!

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  10. I used to hate my name growing up, too. No one could spell it correctly. Few people pronounced is right. I remember having a meltdown after a school event for those two reasons and begging my parents to let me change it to Jill.

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