The Story of my Name

By Jay-Mie on 23rd Aug 2020

Migrant Writers of Hong Kong

What's in a Name?

I have many names. I was born as Remedios. A name given to me on my birth by my biological parents. I came to know this when I returned back to them and saw my original birth certificate. I also learned that they used (until now actually) to call me with the nickname Ayang ( sounds like a super typhoon's name right?). They said at first, they called me Remy but as a child I was so sickly, so my nanay seek help from an albularyo to change my name. Lo and behold my name "Ayang" was born! It was from an egg that stood up on a plate when they were choosing another name for me(really funny now๐Ÿ˜‚). If you're an Ilocano and you live in the village, you could relate on this.... surely! It's one of the many superstitious beliefs of the locals.

When I was adopted, my name was changed, legally by my mother into MARIA NEMY LOU. and then I was called Ling-Ling for my nickname. All of these names had its origin.
MARIA, from my aunt's name, my mom's sister which is MARIA Regina, NEMY, from the name of my mom which is NEMESIA and LOU is from my another aunt's name which is mariLOU. Whilst my nickname Ling-Ling is from my Lola ATING.

When I was in high school, my friends called me NEMZ or NEMAY, nobody called MARIA except when they make fun out of my name ๐Ÿ˜…. Honestly, sometimes I had troubles writing my name especially when writing it on examination forms and application forms wherein I have to write it one letter per box. I sometimes need to draw another box, if it isn't enough (LOL Again!).

People would often say, "ang haba ng pangalan mo ah". I got used to it, so i just smile everytime I hear that, I just take it as a compliment, but oh well, it depends on how they say it too. Anyway, I love all my names.

What's the story of your name?

Happy Sunday everyone, much love and God bless!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™