When I was younger, I didn’t like the sound of my name. It was probably because most people find it difficult to understand it, say it and even spell it. It sounded too unique for them. I remember back in my younger years when I thought of having my name changed legally. Of course, I didn’t really know the process for such but I wanted to do it when I get older. I even thought of my new name – Crystal. Don’t even ask why; I don’t remember the reason why I fancied that name.
I remembered my Mom’s story about my name when I asked where the heck she got my weird name. I think they were in Hong Kong at that time and the room neighbor in the hotel they stayed at had a cute baby girl whose name happens to be – well, you guessed it – Rivka. That’s from where she got my name or so she told me. I also learned that she was supposed to name me Erika before she heard about Rivka. She then felt that the name Erika had a certain flirt to it (I have no idea from where she got that idea) and decided against it.
When we finally got connected to the world of internet, I thought of searching my name online. I found a lot of Jews named Rivka since it’s originally a Jewish/Hebrew name and I found some younger ladies with the same name in the Philippines as well.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the descriptions of the name Rivka:
Photo source: Think Baby Names
Photo source: kveller
As I got older, I learned to appreciate my name and fully accepted the fact that my name is quite unique that people will (hopefully) remember upon meeting me. Luckily, my husband’s name is pretty unique as well – Laviel. It is now our job to make sure our future kids will have the same uniqueness of names as their parents.
P.S: By the way, I also found this very interesting blog post about the name Rivka.
A response to May 29, 2013 – Daily Prompt