Name: Breanna Gethsemany
What name you go by: I go by several: Bree, Bee, Breebee, Breezie. I prefer Bree for every day, Bee by my best friends, Breebee by my sister, and Breezie by my other friends.
Ethnic background: German, Dutch, English, Native, Norweigan
Place of birth: Salem, OR
Year of birth: 1993
Popularity of name that year: Ranked 83rd
Meaning/origins of name: Feminine form of Brian, which is believed to be of Celtic origin and of the meaning “strength.”
Why did your parents choose this name for you? I’m not sure, but the day I was born my mom just told the nurse without telling my father.
Does your family have any naming traditions? There are quite a few Catherines, Elizabeths, and on my paternal grandmother’s side all the men named James have a C middle name and go by the middle name.
What names have people called you based on your name? Banana, rhymes with Breanna. Nana, messing with the last part since I hate the ‘anna’. Breaunna, hate that name. People have mistakenly called me Reanna, with a hard a because they don’t hear the ‘b’. BB, for my double letters of my first and last names. Professor, it’s a childhood thing, short for Professor Lead-Bottom because I was a stalky child. Breezie/Breeze after the Cover Girl commercials when I was little.
Do you like your name? No, because I don’t identify with it. It’s not me. I’ve never liked it, I don’t even answer to it unless I hear the ‘Bree’ part first, otherwise I look around and ask who they’re talking to.
What is it like to go through life disliking your name? It’s irritating, I want to go by something different, but everyone around me thinks I go with my name, that I can’t be another name.
Did you have times in your life where you felt differently about your name? No.
Have you had difficulty with others understanding your name? Yeah. They pronounce it Reanna, Breaunna, etc. And spell it Brianna.
Any stories about your name? The first girl I met with my name was in Sunday School as a little kid, and because of our shared names, she decided to make my time there as horrible as possible because she was there first. Then in 9th grade I met a girl with an ‘i’ instead of the ‘e’, it happened that we both had the same nickname so whenever anyone said any of the nicknames, we both turned around.