My name is Tex and this is my story.
My full name is Texas Alabama Washington Smythe.
I hate my name because until I was ten I didn’t know my names were American states.
It was my parents; they had a thing about the States. They’d never been there but they saw the arrival of my two sisters and myself as a way of adopting things American.
My sisters are named Virginia and Montana.
They hate their names as well.
And it’s justified because we live in Australia.
We’ve had many discussions with our parents about what they were thinking when we were born. I was going to be Carolina if I’d been born a girl.
But as mum and dad said at the time it seemed a good idea and how many Texas’ have I come across in life?
As dad once said had they been as passionate about Australia I could have been named Jiggalong, Wantawaba or Murray.