“Daily Prompt: Name that… You!
Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your children’s names?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us IDENTITY.”
Hellen Masido Mwambi is my full name. Mwambi is my father’s. I don’t use it plenty because we were never close and I don’t really like being associated with him. So I stick to HELLEN MASIDO. I find Hellen a little dull even though in primary school till high school (form 1), I used to favor it over my Taita name MASIDO.
Currently however, Masido is what many people know me by- my friends shortening it further to SYDO.
I was named MASIDO after my late grandmother ELINA MASIDO. I asked what it means years ago and was told that it means in Swahili “mtu mchokozi” (someone who likes provoking people in one way or another).
What can I say? It’s totally fitting 😀
P.S. I had totally ignored my first name which I usually pay little attention to- I feel like its just that name. so I Googled and HELLEN apparently means sun ray/ shining light. Corny I know. I was right to ignore it! (more of its meaning here )