From time to time, strangers and acquaintants ask me what my name “Kounila” really means. All I can say is that there’s a reason why I was named “Kounila”.
People who hear my name for the first time think the name holder isn’t Cambodian. They even reckon I’m half-blood Thai or Laotian, even Fillipino. But their heart can be broken into pieces when they look at me. I’m 50% brown and have an average height–100% Cambodian.
The story is like this: “Once upon a time, there’s a beautiful princess.” Oops, I know that it shouldn’t start like that. Since my older sister’s name is Maly, it’s reasonable for me to have a name “Nila”. 🙂 My mother told me I was born in March. According to the Khmer calendar, March is “Phalkun”.
If you see that bold “K”, you will know what I mean. My first name starts with “K”, and “Nila” rhymes reversely with “Maly”. So, here I am “Kounila”.
I know that everybody loves their name and their uniqueness. I have no other different idea. I adore my name too and hope to live with it with “a good name” in society. ^_^