New details from Caitlyn Jenner’s new memoir, The Secrets of My Life, reveals that the 67-year-old transgender woman had considered going by a lot of other names before finally settling for Caitlyn.
The former Olympic Icon revealed that she identified as female from the time she was a little boy and as such started thinking of names since then.
At college, she thought Heather was a cool name for a female having heard a song called Heather done by a girl group in her school.
“There was a singing group at college called the Serendipity Singers and one of their numbers was a song called ‘Heather,’” she recalls. “I thought Heather was a cool name because the song was so cool,” she wrote in her memoir obtained exclusively by Radar Online. But after college, the name faded away. I thought about something simple, like Mary.”
Following her marriage to Kris Jenner and parenting five daughters whose names all started with K, Caitlyn revealed she felt obligated to choose a name that started with K.
“Kathy popped into my head,” she says. “But Kathy seemed like…well…Kathy.”
When she eventually transitioned into womanhood, the star’s best friend and assistant Ronda first suggested she goes with Caitlyn. She agreed but decided to spell hers with a ‘C’ rather than ‘K’. She claimed Kim found this disappointing because the 36-year-old had hoped she would stick with the K in line with the family’s style.
“However it was spelled, there was no way I was going to have a name now that began with a K,” she insists. “That would have been beyond creepy.”
Caitlyn also disclosed in her book that she considered changing her last name to something else but agrees now that that would have been a mistake. For her middle name, she chose Marie, because she likes it.
“I had thought of changing it to get away from my past life as much as possible,” she wrote about changing her surname. “I am glad I didn’t.”