a small insight into my life: wife-mom-football-fitness-politics-religion~upcycle
I have many nicknames, some spanning back to when I was an infant.
Some are more embarrassing than others.
A few were born out of love, others were born out of shear humor or a chance encounter.
Starting from the beginning here are mine.
Wook: I was born in the early 80’s, when Star Wars was super popular. As a young child, I would smash my food in my hair. My mom said it reminded her of the Wookies on Star Wars, so the nickname, “Wookie” too hold. Over the years it was shortened to “Wook”.
Now, my mom, her best friend and my brother are the only ones who call me this, and my nieces refer to me as “Tante Wook”. (Tante is German for aunt)
America: I’m known for talking fast. When I was in high school I introduced myself to a few people with, “hi, I’m Erika”. They heard, “hi, .. America”
After a few laughs, it just stuck.
I am still pretty good friends with one of those people and my Christmas card is addressed America, every year.
Air: I guess it is short for, Erika. It came about sometime in high school and has stuck around. In fact, my signature on my drivers license and on any official document is Air (w/my last name).
Reeka: When my oldest nephew was a little guy he couldn’t say Erika, so I became Reeka…. He is 15 & I’m still Reeka.
CaCa: yes, as in poop. When one of my best friends little boys tried to say my name “caca” is what came out. Of course everyone thought it was hilarious and the name stuck. This is one of those names I wish would disappear. It’s always awkward to walk into a party and hear “hi Caca” from my adult friends, but this nickname is picking up steam and more and more people are now “lovingly” calling me it.
Sammie: I love this nickname. I was on a quick 24hr Vegas trip with one of my best friends. We got to Vegas and immediately started playing craps. There were 4 brothers at the craps table; 3 of them teaching “Sammie” how to play. Drinks were flowing, amongst these brothers and they kept yelling at Sammie to bet this, or bet that. Sometime around 3am. The brothers left the table and my friend thought Sammie was bringing good luck, so she started calling me Sammie and has never looked back. In fact, I’m convinced she now believes that is my name.
So I’m known as Wook, America, Air, Reeka, Caca and Sammie… And sometimes my actual name: Erika
What are your nicknames and their origins???