When I was in high school, I hated my real name. I didn’t feel it was creative, so I went on a search for one. Thus, Tanney was born. I used it throughout my classes, published in the Literary and Art magazine, as well as the school newspaper with it. In my Creative Writing 1 class, we read an excerpt from House of Mango Street. (read it–its really cool) Then, we were told to write our own about our name. If you are interested in seeing my 14 year-old self’s response, go to my Fictionpress page.
Here is my new one, in 10 minutes, just a Slice of my Life…and yes, you may be able to see my real name! Lucky you!
Tanney. Smiles–that what it is. Smiles, and an aura of orange. Playful, passionate, creative, unique, a-follower-of-her-own-drum-beat.
Tayler. Smart, academic, tom-boy. Determined teacher. Finally found her self-confidence.
I have a duel personality. In high school, in my classes, I went by Tanney. On my sport teams, I went by Tayler. My fellow writers knew me as Tanney. My fellow church members knew me as Tayler.
Tayler (Old English)–tailor. Bethany (Hebrew)–house of God. Christiansen (Danish)–son of Christian. Go even further–Christian–> one who believes in Christ. My name holds new meaning to me now. I am a Christian, my body is a temple, the Holy Spirit lives within me.
Tanney (no origin)–me! There is no nickname for Tayler. Tay-Tay gives the connotation of a toddler just beginning to walk, stumbling around in a pink tutu. What would I call myself in a world of Katie’s, Kathy’s, Kat, Jess’s, Jessi’s, Brit’s, Maddie’s?
Tayler + Bethany = Tanney. It took a while, but the equation worked.
Lo, and behold, I loved tangerines. Oranges, tangerine, clementines, mandarins, citrus fruit drinks, citrus starbursts, citrus suckers, citrus candles. I loved it. Tanney–short for tangerine.
Youthful. Tanney encompasses my youth, allowing me to be forever young, while Tayler allows me to grow up and experience new places. Tanney holds my imagination, Tayler holds my ambition.
Together, I am a formidable foe, a determined dame.