Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What’s In a Name?

The other day I was Panera ordering my usual, the pick two combo of chicken noodle soup and fuji apple chicken salad, and I gave my name as they call out names instead of order numbers once your food is ready to pick up.

Well, the Panera employee was like, “you look like a Katie.”  And I responded with, “thanks, I guess.”  But then I got to thinking, as us bloggers do when searching for some blogging material, what’s in a name?  What makes me look like a Katie? 
According to Wikipedia, Katie is of Greek origin and means “pure.”  Well, I guess I look pure then?  No, I definitely don’t think the name’s meaning has anything to do with what the person looks like.  So, maybe all of us Katie’s look alike or a certain way.  So I googled, famous Katie’s.
-Katie Holmes
-Katy Perry
-Katie Couric
…and a lot more Katie’s that I did not recognize.  Safe to say, we all do not look the same.  So I guess there is nothing concrete that makes somebody look like a Katie.

But here’s the thing, I totally get what this stranger was saying.  Sometimes I look at people I know, and I think, man they do/do not look like their names.  I do not know exactly what it is, but there is definitely something there.

So, do you look like your name?  Is there somebody you know who does NOT look like their name?

PS- Totally unrelated to my ramblings, look what I received in the mail yesterday:
Isn’t my husband the sweetest?!  Seriously the most creative surprise ever!!

post signature


Katrin said...

Haha, that is so cool! You husband is awesome!
I think your name comes from Katharina like mine. So your name has the same origin which is totally cool. :)
And I totally know what you mean. Sometimes I look at people and I think that they look like a certain name. I can't explain why. It is really weird.

Becky said...

Yeah I totally know what you mean! It's hard to explain why but I'm glad I'm not the only one haha. And that is too sweet of your husband!!!! :)

Kate said...

Too funny! I am seriously in the process of talking about this exact same subject, but in regards to naming your baby. When I think of a name, I truly envision what personality and look goes with it. Ifeel like I'm totally a Kaitlyn/Kate, but my dad wanted to call me Stacy... so glad my mom won that battle ;) GREAT POST !!

Courtney said...

First of all, your husband is adorable for getting you that trophy! I love a man who supports his wife's blog. =)
Second, this sounds weird but I think you look like a Katie too. I'm not even sure why but the name just fits you.

Erin said...

Good job Derek!! That is too cute!! :)

I've def have that 'she looks like a so-and-so before' and also the opposite, of hearing someone's name and feeling like it doesn't fit! I always wonder if it's because maybe we previously knew a Katie (or whoever) that resembles you, etc?! Weird!!

Becca Moss said...

I actually think you look like a Katie too! Haha it is strange how you think that sort of stuff when seeing a person.
Also, props to your husband, that is the sweetest gift ever. How funny & thoughtful (:

Kay @ Slightly 0bsessed said...

That's an adorable gift! I don't *think* my name matches w/me..but who knows..maybe it does. I have a very...unique Eastern European name (so I'm told), but I'm Chinese. Go figure. lol

Jordon said...

My first name is Nancy and I like to think I don't look like a Nancy.. First thing that comes to mind is obese librarian :)

Ashley R said...

Aw so sweet!!

Recently Roached said...

I love names. I'm going to be so indecisive about naming our kids when they pop out of my tinkle taco. :)
I think you look like a Katie. It's a good name!

Anonymous said...

What a cute award! That was so nice of your husband.

Kristen said...

Lol the award, too funny!

I agree that you look like a Katie and that some people really do look like their names. But at the same time, that's how you know them. Ya know?

Kait said...

Derek is such an all-star! I love that! So cute AND creative. People tell me I look like a Kait all the time...and I don't get it. I don't even know what to say back to them.

Jill J @ Classy with a Kick said...

For some reason people always call me Lisa which is nothing like Jill. I guess I look like a Lisa.

I love that your husband got you a trophy...that is so freakin' cute! My husband does fun, random things like that...we are lucky girls! :)

Classy with a Kick

Helene said...

first, omg your husband is awesome haha that is too cool.

i do think you look like a katie and I look like a Helene. I don't know why that is haha!

Lauren said...

That trophy is too awesome! I get told I look like a "Lauren" sometimes, kinda odd haha.

dave and jenn said...

That award is awesome! So cool!

I've been told I look like a Jennifer. But then I've also had people get confused and call me Rachel or Jessica (other popular 80s names, I guess). :) When I think of the name Katie, I think of someone who is approachable and friendly, and I think that fits you well!

M Renaaye said...

aww how sweet of your hubby :) love this post ...please visit my blog to enter my giveaway when you have a chance xoxo

Pegster said...

Your hubby is so awesome and thoughtful. Can't wait to see what he does with your next vlog, maybe he'll do another one of those funny videos.

Oh and you totally look like my friend Katie

Sarah said...

Hhahah Derek! Such a superstar, I love it!!

Angela said...

My friend is due to have a baby girl in 2 weeks she hasn't chosen a name yet she says 'we'll wait and see what name she looks like!' I thought it weird at first but I kinda get it too haha x

Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

Haha this is funny and interesting. I wonder if I look like a Kelly. I grew up with a lot of Kelly's in school and we all looked quite different. Maybe it is a age thing too. Who knows??

Hope you have a great day!



Faith said...

If I meet a person for the first time I start guessing their name based on how they look. When I get their name and it is completely the opposite of what I thought it would be it is hard to call them their real name. I know, strange.

One of my best friends called me Summer for the longest time. She said I looked like a Summer, haha.

And Derek is the sweetest!!

Faith said...

P.S. you completely look like a Katie!

Emily said...

Haha, love your trophie, so creative!

I'm not sure if I look like an Emily or not. I really don't know many other people named Emily so it's hard to say! I feel like the name is totally me but that's probably because I can't imagine having another name!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Haha that is so funny! I have been told I look like an Ashley before, but I think that is just because anyone could look like an Ashley - since it's the most common name ever!

One time my husband and I made up names for our neighbors (whose names we didn't know) then when we found out their real names were taken aback because the fake names fit them way better (or so we thought!). It is so funny to think about names like that!