What’s In A Name?

If you haven’t seen this, then you are about to learn something new about me. Do you like your name? Does your name have a story?

Penny Wilson Writes

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Here a Penny, there a Penny…..

I was born with the name of Penny Nichols.  Not an easy name to live up to.  When I was in my teens and 20’s, I went by “Six Cents”.

The name Penny (NOT Penelope) was hard enough.  I heard all the usual taunts as a kid.  Henny Penny, Bad Penny.  My brothers bastardized the name Penelope and called me that, making the “o” long and the last “e” silent.  I hated it.  Then there was that stupid cartoon on when I was a kid called “Penelope PitStop”.  Kids called me that sometimes too.

Then there are those that try to be cute.  “A Penny for your thoughts!”  or “Penny’s from heaven!”

I always wanted to be called something pretty; something exotic.  I tried for a long time to get my childhood friends to call me Eva.  But it didn’t stick.

I had…

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About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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4 Responses to What’s In A Name?

  1. I love this! And boy can I relate lol. My teachers never got my name right. I was always Dorida or Doreen. Really? How hard could it be. I didn’t like my name and wondered why my parents would do this to me!! Now? I love it. My family calls me Dor, which is fine by me. I have to admit though, I love your nickname “ six cents”. Ever consider becoming a rapper? 😉

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  2. My thoughts exactly says:

    I feel your struggle. My name is LaBranda. I could go for days telling you all the names that were made up of mine…

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