What’s in a name? Well, a lot, actually.
I, too, am a Catherine. I’ve been known as Kate for most of my life. I was challenged recently to consider why I had adopted this shortened name. This is what I recognised.
I believed that the most successful men in my circle of society/work all had short, sharp names. When I was younger, I thought that to be more male-like was an advantage, so I began to “shed” feminine things that I believed would hinder me.
When I joined the Metropolitan Police Force, a very male orientated organisation, I became even more “masculine” at the expense of my femininity. And this was all very subtle. I was conforming to a stereo-type without any realisation.
However, in the last couple of years, I recognised that I had become misogynistic – not liking the female in me, and I was not healthy as a result. There had to be a change. So, with help, I have begun to welcome the feminine in me, to become aware when I slip back into the “male” attitude, to confess it to my accountability people, receive forgiveness and move on. There is a lot going on, and it will be a lifetime work.
As a result of this, one of the things that I have decided is that I should use my birth name again. So, Catherine is making a come back.
Catherine – from the Greek – means “pure”. Wow, what a meaning. So here’s to the next stage in my life as Catherine.
And I wish all the best to that other Kate, Kate Middleton, soon to be Catherine Windsor.
Have you denied your given name for any reason?
What does your name mean?
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