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.”