Is Bambi your REAL name?


I once received a letter from an Uncle stating that if I wanted to change my name, he would pay for it.  I was 16 at the time, and the idea of changing my name was as unthinkable then as it is now.

You see, Bambi is my real name. It is a name that my mother chose for me when she was five years old, twenty three years before I would ever be born.  She had gone to see the Disney classic Bambi* when it came out in 1942, and when the film was over, she decided that if she ever had a daughter, she would name her Bambi.  And she did, with my father’s full support. This is one of the blessings of being born to entertainers; they are intrinsically creative, especially with names though the name Bambi is also taken from the Italian word bambina or bambino, meaning baby or little child.

My mother is an extraordinary woman. She spent her childhood training herself how to dance and do acrobats, which eventually led her to New York where she lived her dream of dancing on Broadway. She was determined to do what she loved.  She was exceptionally talented and continued dancing until moving to California to eventually marry my father.  Once here, she put all of her passion and love into her family, while still staying connected to the entertainment industry through various shows and local functions.

I was the first born, which earned me the youthful promise she made to herself at five.  Throughout my life, I have been teased about my name.  It never really bothered me because I was proud to wear the gift my mother gave me. For someone to name you after something that touched their heart so deeply is an honor.  But I certainly have dealt with my share of recurring comments such as, “Where’s Thumper” or, “Do you want to play in the forest?”  And I still get, “Have you ever seen Bambi meets Godzilla?” But overall, all I can do is smile.  After all, this IS my name. And, I get just as many compliments about it as I do giggles.

As I look back throughout the years, I realize that something else happened along the way. Though I did, and still do receive the comments, the occasional odd looks as well as the teasing, the fact is that it has strengthened me in ways I could not have foreseen.  Because people did not always take me seriously, or gave me a hard time about the perceived profession of a girl named Bambi, I had to work my way up through the ranks of corporate America to prove myself in business and show that I am much more than a name.  This eventually led me to become a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of a multi-million dollar hair beauty brand in North America and recently I started my own business as a Law of Attraction Life Coach and Business Consultant.

The biggest reward, however, came as I learned who I am as a person, and what is most important to me.  And that is to be authentically myself, and proud of it.

* The film was based on Bambi: A Life in the Woods, written in 1926 by Felix Salten (pen name of the Austrian novelist, journalist, and theater critic, Siegmund Salzmann), and published in the United States in 1928.

7 Responses to Is Bambi your REAL name?
  1. Beverly Monical
    January 13, 2010 | 12:18 pm

    Love this Bambi. I love your name. This story is great. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are doing fantastic!
    Beverly

  2. Daryl Glinn-Tanner
    January 13, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    My husband commented, “she must have changed it herself,” just the other day and I stood up for you, saying, “No, I bet her real name is Bambi.”

    Thank you for sharing your story (and the period at the end of the sentence).

    Yeah, Bambi!

  3. Gigi Gregory
    January 13, 2010 | 4:21 pm

    As a child I too loved and adored “Bambi” the movie. I have always associated that name with sweetness and kindness. Bambi you were, and I am sure to this day a sweet, kind and caring person and now an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with. With a name like Bambi, what else would you be!

  4. Bambi Gordon
    January 13, 2010 | 9:58 pm

    Hi Bambi. It’s the “other” Bambi here.

    Gee – if we both had a dollar for every time we are asked “Is that your real name?”.

    As you and I have discussed via email, I also get “You are such a dear”, “Is your boyfriends name Thumper” – and “Was your mother shot in a forrest?” My least fave is the slightly condescending tone from people taking ‘phone messages. “Bambi? Is that what you said?”, or the people who have asked me “Why do you call yourself Bambi?”

    Like you, I love my name. And I do hope that your Uncle is a John or Harry 🙂

    I think that the typecasting of the ‘dumb blond with big eyes’ as a Bambi (as per John Travolta’s character Vinnie Barbarino’s girlfriend in Welcome Back Kotter) has been a huge part of forming my personality – as I am anything but sweet (nor, hopefully, dumb) in nature or appearance.

    So – to the US Bambi, Bye from Bambi Yes It’s My Real Name in Melbourne

    (And you must tell the people who read your blog your sister’s name….).

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  6. Bambi Loshbough
    May 9, 2012 | 11:21 am

    I love my name, and yes, it is my real name.

  7. Bambi
    April 21, 2013 | 4:44 am

    Love my name!

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