Monday, June 2, 2014
I don't. Gaby is a nickname for Gabriela (with just one 'l'), my real name. To be completely honest, I've never really liked the name Gaby. I far prefer Gabriela, but it seems to be that one syllable too long and somewhere along the line, it got shortened. The only people who call me by my full name are my parents (and that's only if they're annoyed with me or really trying to get my attention) and my Colombian family. My husband also goes by a shortened version of his full name, though he's happy with this.
The reason all this has been on my mind is that I've been worrying about my daughter's name. I love the name Clementine, and that is what I call her most of the time. Occasionally I'll call her Clemmie, but mostly I stick with her full name. But I am definitely in the minority! Aussies are known for their love of nicknames; if you have a long name they'll shorten it (e.g. Caroline becomes Cazzie) and if you have a short name they'll lengthen it (e.g. Grace becomes Gracie). Most people here call her Clem (not my favourite), Clemmie and even Clemo (definitely not my favourite). I really hope that she grows up to be called Clementine, and not a nickname, but I'm not sure how much say I have in the matter.
Have any of you had this problem with your own children? Or perhaps with your name? How did you handle it?
p.s. how did you choose your baby's name? / her name / would you take your husband's last name?