Lanaya … my first name. La-what?
I know … I am sure there are several of you who read my blog every day and really have NO clue as to how to say my name.
OK…let’s see if I can break this down for you …
So, does that make more sense? No, well, I tried.
I get asked most of the time if I am Hawaiian. I’m not. I get asked if I am from Puerto Rico. I’m not. Most people think I have some kind of Latin flare because I sport a year round, natural tan, curly hair and really big brown eyes, and curves. Let’s not forget the curves. So here it is. My mom is white, my dad is black (well, 1/2 black.) On any given Sunday he is mistaken for Tiger Woods or Denzel Washington, it depends on the length of his hair. It’s kind of creepy actually.
Ask my parents about my name and they will both tell you different stories. Mom says when she was pregnant and found out I was a girl she wanted to have the name start with L and end in A, like hers, Laura. My dad will tell you it’s because they had a friend in high school that was named Lanee (like Renee but with an L.) Whatever the case, here it is, my name, Lanaya.
When I was eight I met a woman who told me the real origin of my name, after telling me I spelled it wrong. (What a bitch! I was eight!) Anyways, it’s Swedish. Bet you didn’t see that coming. It’s the national flower of Sweden, correctly spelled Linnaea and was named for famous botanist Carl Linnaeus. Wikipedia this dude (or just click that link over there <– …he’s kind of cool!)
It’s called the twin flower because of how it grows. Very fitting for me since I am a Gemini, the twin constellation! Talk about blowing my parents away with this information!
So, now you know a little bit more about Lanaya!