My name is not Caroline!January 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 11 Comments
Tags: Caroline, Catherine, Memorable names, My name is
I am quite sure that I am the only person who has spent her adult life being called Caroline by new acquaintances.
I wouldn’t mind so much, except my name is Catherine.
It always has been. I’m Cat to some of my friends, Catherine at work. I was Caz for a while at school, as well as Titch. Toots to my dad. I debated being cool and being a Cate and have never been a Cath or a Cathy – whatever the guy at the beauty salon insists upon.
Last time I was in SpecSavers the assistant fitting my frames was a Catherine. I guffawed, trying to make witty conversation when I saw her name badge and said ‘huh, I bet you get called Caroline all the time?!’. Quiet pause followed by ‘Um no, not really’. Just me then.
But I’d say 9 out of 10 times I meet someone new, before the conversation concludes I hear a little apologetic voice saying ‘It was Caroline, wasn’t it?’. Occasionally it’s Christine or Charlotte but more often than not it’s Caroline.
I have absolutely nothing against the name. It’s a very nice name. But it’s not my name. I wonder what it is about Catherine that’s so un-memorable? Maybe it’s me that’s not memorable….I should work on that.
Image credit: Catherine McAteer