Saturday, August 7, 2010

What's in a Name?

Sometimes my brain works a little bit  painfully slow.

I spent weeks and weeks thinking about a name for my blog. Just as Kelly suggested I wrote down names whenever one popped into my head. In the end, I always came back to my very own name, because of the flexibility it gives me.

So it was going to be Carola Bartz. Easy enough, done in less than five minutes. I added a subtitle that fits the purpose of my blog and thought I was done.

Or not.

Because -

I had never really looked at my name. The possibilities it carries.

So - what's in a name?

Let's start with Carola - it contains a Spanish greeting - “olá” – which is really nice, and of course “car” – which is not so exciting. Except you’re thinking of a Porsche. Or a 2CV for that matter.

Both, though, are not really suitable for my blog.

Let’s look at my last name, Bartz. There is not much you can do with five letters. “Bart”, which would be the German word for beard and really, that is not charming for a woman. Or BART as in Bay Area Rapid Transit. Or maybe not. If you shake the letters up a little bit, you can get “Arzt”, the German word for doctor. Sounds great – but not quite what I was looking for.

Hmmmm – did it really take that long until I saw the obvious?

A – R – T

ART! Art! art!

And so let me introduce you to – ta da – carola bARTz.


RuffHaven said...

That's too funny. But you should have asked me. The first time I saw your name I saw:

"crayola bARTz"

My mind just read it that way.
I'm glad you finally saw it too.

Carola Bartz said...

Ooh, I love "crayola bARTz"! Why didn't I see that?

Most people see "Corolla".

Like in Toyota.

I actually drive one.

soraya nulliah said...

dear Carola-thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love the play on words for your name. Strangely enough, I am trying to figure out what to name my Etsy store. Everything I have read said NOT to go with my name...but I think that's' what I am going to do since everything is in that name anyway!! How did you enjoy Flying Lessons? I think it propelled me toward what I have been wanting to do for such a long time! xxx

Marcie said...

Very clever!! Love how you've found the 'art' in you!!!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

Excellent! Nice to "meet" you. Again.

Brilliant idea for a name.

I never think of fun puns.

patty said...

Love it and love your blog - nice job!! Hey, I used to have an acquaintance named Carola and, what do you know, she was from Germany also. I'm guessing you might have the same cute accent!