What’s In A Name?

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So this is a rambling post that has nothing to do with anything, because I have nothing to say about the outfit…

My real full name is Minh Duc (pronounced “Ming Duke”) – meaning “bright virtues” in Sino-Vietnamese. It’s a very masculine name, sort of the equivalent of being named, I don’t know, Ryan James (though with all the hipster parents these days, that line is getting blurred.) Man, if I had a dollar every time somebody said “Oh I thought you were a guy”…

Anyway, it led to this straight-out-of-a-sitcom situation after I graduated high school. This military-looking dude stopped by our house and demanded to see my brother. Imagine how baffled I was, because I only have a sister. It turns out, I was being called into the Army Reserve, which is only mandatory for guys, because the census people had written me down as “male.”

It took a while to sort it out, but eventually I was allowed to be a girl again. Only when I went to college in the US, I had a whole new kind of problem as people insisted on pronouncing my name as “duck.”

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Still, despite all the troubles it’s caused me, I like my name. It’s timeless, strong, and unique – not a lot of girls named Duc in Vietnam, I can tell you. I stuck with Salazar because it’s been my only online name since high school, but if you guys want to start calling me Duc, that’s totally fine by me πŸ™‚

Shirt: Amazon, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Flats: Payless


5 Comments on “What’s In A Name?”

  1. juli says:

    Oh, there’s a lot in a name! My real name would translate into Chickadee (Tomtit for you British), because apparently I made these chirping noises when I was born. The name is feminine in my country, in my neighboring country it’s masculine (there’s even a known researcher by that name). But it is so very seldom that revealing it would make me very trackable in this cyber universe. Sorry.
    Thank you for sharing your name’s meaning!

  2. Megan says:

    Loved learning more about you, and the meaning of your name is beautiful πŸ™‚ Also beautiful? Those flats!

  3. Jess says:

    I personally prefer Salazar. It sounds so badass.

  4. Mike says:

    I like your name Duc. It sounds like it has a very special meaning; bright virtues. I like that. πŸ™‚ The meanings of names can be so interesting. Thanks for sharing yours!
    Again, love your writing style! It is casual but fun and endearing to read. πŸ™‚ You also photograph very well.


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