When I was born, my parents named me Leanne. They loved having a daughter and loved the name. I can’t remember when I first felt my name didn’t feel right, but when I was about eight, Mum told me she was close to calling me Andrea instead, I said “why didn’t you call me that!, it’s a much better name than Leanne”. Growing up, friends might call me Lee, and Mum said, “no her name is Leanne”. At High School I can remember REALLY not liking my name and making judgements of other girls called Leanne.
A few decades passed and I didn’t think much about it. 3 years ago I did a wonderful course called http://www.womenforwomen.net.au/home.html During a process I had the realisation I wanted to change my name. I came up with “Eva” as it was my grandmother’s middle name and I’d been thinking of using it if I’d had a daughter. The name didn’t stick and I went on with life. A few months later I did this process again and clear as anything I knew I wanted to change my name to Lulu. The Women for Women group started calling me Lulu .. I tentatively told other friends and some called me Lulu and some didn’t.
At this stage, my husband doesn’t like the name and my kids think its kind of funny … like a toilet. But boldly I started telling more people about Lulu – the name I have chosen for myself. I introduce myself as Lulu, I changed my email address to Lulu, and as of today, I have changed Facebook to Lulu. One day I would like to change it by depol, but until then I am both Lulu and Leanne. I’ve always loved having a name starting with “L”. Reminding me my favourite word …LOVE. And Lulu says to me “love u love u”.