Why kimberlyloc, you ask?
My name is Kim Wallace. It’s a pretty common name (it gets 7,580,000 search results on Google). My given first name, Kimberly, doesn’t do me much better for originality. Do you remember the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding? Remember the character played by Cameron Diaz? The writers used my name, Kimberly Wallace, for Diaz’s spunky character. That made saying my name (“Miss Kimmmmberly Wallace!) pretty popular in junior high.
Loc (pronounced “Lock”) is my middle name. It’s my mother’s last name, is Chinese in origin, and is the 70th most popular surname in China (it looks like it’s in my stars to either be popular or common—I’ll let you decide). In Asian culture, women do not change their last names. I am happy that my mother chose to stick with that tradition while starting our own family tradition: Every child gets the middle name Loc so that her name can live on generation to generation.
Though I do share the same middle name with my three brothers, three cousins and my nephew (and countless cousins in Vietnam have Loc as a last name and one cousin’s first name is Loc!), I love the unique touch it lends to my (and their!) names. It’s a great conversation starter, baffles people on the phone (are you still kimberly…um…l-o-c…at ….dot com?) and has become a big part of my online identity (see blog title).
So, I’m kimberlyloc. You can call me whatever you like (I have a lot of nicknames!). Let the conversations begin!
[Side Note: By now, I really hope my name's association with the 2003 American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke has somewhat subsided (too many vowels in her name for me!).]