Daily Prompt: Say Your Name

“Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?” -The Daily Post

My name is Rocky! Yes, it is my real name. (It is also my dad’s name. And his dad’s name. etc.) It actually goes all the way back to when our ancestors lived in Italy. At that point, the first son was always named Rocco.

You see, Rocco is a normal Italian name but through the process of Americanization, it became Rocky and has stuck ever since. Do I like my name? Of course, I actually love it a lot! I just wish people would stop comparing me to Rocky Balboa because I am nothing like him. It happened this morning actually. It gets old very quickly.

Not only would I never change my name but I’ve already decided my first son will be named Rocky (assuming my partner doesn’t mind). Wow being the first gay guy in the family makes this kind of weird. I hope I can still have a kid- even if I have to adopt one. If not, our dog is going to be Rocky. That works!

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