Gillian, who’s she?

Gillian, no that doesn’t fit

But it’s what my mum named me

I like her reason why because she

knew a Gillian with a certain style

to which she aspired

but I know she has her own

which is quite a bit like mine.

Gill, no way that’s me

there were too many Gills by far

for this G to add to the pile

and yet it stuck for a while.

Then along came Mr G

the first to call me Gilly ,

a fit that worked at last

that I began to feel belonged

not one in every road

and even if it rhymes with silly

with Nkeiru added to it

it’s mine and mine alone.


The Daily Post prompt today says

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?

I had a bit of fun with this, names are funny things aren’t they? I don’t think I could choose one for myself, I suppose we grow into our names?






Gill, Gilly

14 thoughts on “Gillian, who’s she?

  1. I don’t know you personally, but count you as one of my “blogging buddies” and looking at your lovely portrait avatar you are certainly a Gilly and not a Gillian.

  2. I’m so pleased to see you writing< Gilly. I know you been doing Haiku and other types of poetry but your writing is always so well done. Bravo … on this post. I feel the same as you; eventually, one has to find their own name and love it. Super post ….!!!!
    Isadora 😎

    1. Oh thanks so much I’m really struggling with writing at the moment and have been for some time 😟 both versions of your name are lovely one fun and the other elegant!

  3. Great one Gilly,, I was going to do this but could not think of anything for my name Gerald. apart from never liking it… yours reminded me of my mother’s point…

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