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What's in a name? A tale of self acceptance and a random act of kindness

When I was quite smol, I didn't like my name. People mispronounced it and spelled it wrong. It became very important to me to find a personalized souvenir with my name on it!πŸ₯° This proved almost impossible.



Finally, at a craft fair, my mom came across an artisan who offered to paint a custom poster with my name and a little poem on it. I was over the moon! I still have it. I wish I knew who they were so I could let them know how much joy their kind offer and little calligraphy watercolor painting brought to me over the years. 🌞 The poem reads:

𝑳𝑨𝑹𝑰𝑺𝑺𝑨 𝑢𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒏 π’”π’Žπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π‘³π’Šπ’‡π’† π’Šπ’” 𝒇𝒖𝒏 𝑺𝒐 π’π’Šπ’„π’† 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒐𝒏𝒆

xo. My name means "cheerful" and "princess." Some sources say it translates to "citadel." Larissa is also a small island in Thessaly, Greece, a water nymph in Greek mythology, and the name of #neptune's 5th moon. It's a popular name in Russia and Brazil, but so rarely used in the USA that it hasn't been included on the SSA'S name popularity charts since 2012, when 1 in 852 baby girls were named Larissa.

I've grown to love my name and appreciate its uniqueness! πŸ’œ I've only ever met a handful of other Larissas in the wild and I get pretty excited about it lol. Most recently, I met one in the elevator in 2012, and one was working at a thrift shop I frequented about 3 or 4 years ago.

As a writer, I'm always on the hunt for interesting and unique names! I used to read baby name books for fun. How did you get your name, and what does it mean?

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