Today’s daily topic was an interesting one to think about for me. Ever since I was a kid, my name was either tricky to pronounce by people from other countries or it ended up being tied back to a fictional character. ‘Gretchen’ means “little pearl” in German – I believe my parents chose it because their ancestors are German and they always liked the name.
Frankly, I don’t look like my name, as the name is often associated with a Caucasian girl of German descent versus a Korean-American young woman. I was mixed about my name when I was younger and had a moment when I came to hate it. When the film Mean Girls came out, everyone in my class thought it was funny to get up into my face and quote lines from the film. Needless to say, this is the character I dislike being tied back to. Even before the Mean Girls movie, I was compared to Gretchen Grundler of Recess, who was a pretty cool character.
Today, I wouldn’t trade in my name for another. It’s different and it fits me.