When I was born, there was no such thing as the gender-determining ultrasound and IVF was still a dream (the first 'test-tube' baby was born almost exactly five years after me.) Back in those dark days, if you were having trouble conceiving naturally, adoption and waiting it out were pretty much your only choices. And when you were pregnant, you found out if the baby was a boy or a girl on the delivery date, no earlier. Simpler times.
I'm the older of my parents' two kids, and for whatever reason, I was a long time in coming. It was a cause for great celebration when my parents found out that I was on the way. Since there'd been a lot of prayer involved, in gratitude, they decided to name me for Christ. I would have been Christopher if I'd been a boy; my name isn't Christina, but it's along those general lines.
Given whom I'm named for, it seems a bit sacrilegious to even contemplate changing it! Nevertheless, as anyone with a female name of this derivation (Christina/Christine/Kristine/Kristina/Krista/Kristin/Kristen/Kirsten/Kirstin/Kerstin etc etc etc) can attest, NOBODY ever gets the spelling of your name right on the first try, and most somehow manage to bang up the pronunciation as well. It's very frustrating. (Although it is also a very handy tool for the weeding-out of telemarketers.)
If push came to shove and I were ever to decide to change my name, the new one would have to meet two major criteria:
1) It would have to be beautiful, classic and simple
2) Fewer people would be able to screw up the new name than the current one.
I strongly suspect that I would end up as an Amy or an Anne, probably an Amy because it means "beloved" and I've always liked it. And the day someone screws that one up, I will despair for humanity!
Monday, November 7: if you had to switch your first name, what name would you choose and why?