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Why I Call Myself prairieprincess

Updated on June 15, 2015

A princess living on the prairies?

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History of Internet User Names

A recent question on Hubpages Answers asked how we chose our Hubpages name, and whether or not the name brought us traffic. I will share my answer about why I call myself prairieprincess, but first let's look at some background on the subject of internet "handles," as they used to be called.

The subject of user names on the Internet seems to have evolved. There was a time when you would be considered a high risk taker if you put your name "out there" on the Internet. Instead, it was considered prudent and sensible to hide behind a pseudonym if you were going to put your thoughts out there on the "big bad web." .

Now, with the advent of Google Plus and Linkin, it's almost a requirement to have an online presence. And Facebook has been another huge encouragment for people to use their real names, so that others can connect with them and find them by name. For more on the subject of choosing a Hubpages name, check out this thorough article by WannaBeWestern.

However, pseudonyms are still used, especially when a person wants to keep their personal writing separate from their professional life. Until recently, this was the route that I chose, although I sometimes go now by first name, Sharilee.

My name is prairieprincess

On Hubpages, I am known as "prairieprincess." I am often called "PP." Why such a name? Am I really a princess living on the prairies? Well, as much as I would love to be a princess, it's really just a name. This is my explanation of how I chose this name and what it means to me.

My first use of the name "prairieprincess" was when I first learned e-mail back in1996. My first letter was to a friend in Australia and I affectionately signed off as the "Prairie Princess," a way of reminding him that I was still back in the prairies where he was from.

I left the name alone for a while but then ressurected it when I started some online ventures. I am still known by prairieprincess, or a close likeness at several other sites.

Does my name help get me traffic?

Does the name, "prairieprincess" help me get traffic? I don't think so. But it is memorable and I think that does help create a brand for myself. I have a certain kind of writing that people expect.

When I started connecting with Hubpages members on Facebook, several asked if they could just call me, "pp," because that is how they knew me. They remembered the moniker, prairieprincess.

Why I Like the Name prairieprincess

Why did I continue to use the name, prairierprincess? Is it just a habit because I can't be bothered thinking up another name? Well, I do like the continuity of having the same name across several platforms.

But, I also really like this name. First of all, it connects me with the prairies. I was born in a prairie town (Drumheller, Alberta, Canada) and I love the wild feeling of the wind blowing through your hair. The prairie sunsets are amazing and there is a raw, open beauty about the prairies.

In university, I took a class in which we studied Canadian prairie writers, such as Margaret Lawrence and Carol Shields. We examined the way their work was influenced by the prairie landscape: big, open and undefined. I am sure if the prairies influence me creatively, although I can't define how.

I also like this name because of the word, "princess." When I was young, my Mom teased me by calling me a "princess." And it does kind of fit. I am definitely not mechanical, or practical, although I try to be. And I think I've always had my head in the clouds a little too much, at least according to my parents. Like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, I was often too busy dreaming up an idea to tend to what needed doin'!

One more reason that I love the name, princess, is that it reminds me as a Christian, I am a child of God, or "his princess."

A strange connection

In the ancient Jewish culture, names were thought to be of great importance. Names were considered prophetic, a prediction of what a person's life would be like, and an indication of their character. Therefore, naming a child was a very holy event.

I was intrigued, therefore, to find out that my pen name, prairieprincess, which I have now used for 13 years, actually has a connection to my own given name, Sharilee. First of all, the word, "lee," refers to plains, or prairies. And the first part of my name, "Shari," is sometimes considered a derative of the name, "Sara," which means "princess," in Hebrew.

When I chose the name, prairie princess, I did not realize this but it seemed like a wink from God when I found this information out. I really am a "Prairie Princess!"

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    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much for reading, MJ Martin! Have a wonderful day!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      6 years ago from Washington State

      It is a great name and a wonderful story about your naming process.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @PegCole17, I always wonder that, too, and love to the stories. Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by! Take care.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      I always wondered what's behind the avatar and how people chose their names for an on-line presence. You've explained it all quite well here. Nice one, PP. A former boss gave me a going away gift of a pen on which he'd inscribed, "P Good Luck J". So I guess I'm P. lol

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @Rich, that's neat that calling yourself a writer has such a cache to it ... I know that you are definitely are a writer and the name suits you. Thanks for coming by and you take care, too! Have a wonderful day.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @Travel Man, I always liked your name here on Hubpages, and it really suits the topics that you write about. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

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      Richard J ONeill 

      8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Prairieprincess!

      What a great name it is too and I love how after everything, you discovered a connection to your reall name!

      This is a very interesting topic you have chosen here and I really enjoyed reading through it.

      My name Richawriter isn't so glmaorous though and I have never really been referred to by this name anywhere else except here.

      Basically, Rich is derived from my first name -Richard- and I am a writer so from that I created Richawriter! It is and has always been my dream to make a living writing both novels and articles for magazines and the internet so this name is very special to me.

      Well take care fellow HSP - Prairie Princess and I'll see you soon.

      Peace. :)

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Good thing for you, Teacher PP. :)A well-explained hub!

      As for me, I used a lot of moniker, from Travel Man on HubPages, MrMusicman1971 in YouTube or Tropical Joe @ Facebook.

      My mutual friends prefer Tropical Joe or just Joe, since I am known to be 'Joe' during my radio days. :)

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      SSSSS! thank you! Yes, I love it when you call me "PP!" It feels like me, which is weird but it's true. I just noticed, too, that your hubpages initials (SS) are my real initials ... Another connection. I love your HP name and I think it has a real unique ring to it. Thanks so much for the comment and take care!

      (PP) :)

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      Sharon Smith 

      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP ~ I for one did ask you for permission to call you PP on Facebook and you graciously told me it was fine! Thanks for this entertaining explanation that allowed me to get to know you better too. When I was thinking of my profile name for HP, it took me awhile. Not because I had any idea of the importance it may have later, but because I am indecisive! Today, I am happy about my choice. I feel Sharyn's Slant is unique and even though I spell my first name differently, people have caught on. Ya know, PP?

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Tills, thank you so much for your kind words! I like your name and the meaning behind it. Titan has such a feeling of achievement and greatness. Take care!

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      Mary Craig 

      9 years ago from New York

      It seems PP, after reading your name's history that this name fits you very well as you are a princess among writers for sure. My name is my hometown and the hope I can be great someday - 'titan'.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      DM, thank you so much! Have a wonderful day.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      9 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Well done, I enjoyed this.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Victoria, thank you! It was so cool when I found out that I had chosen a name that related to my real name. I've always wondered about using my real name online and lately, I have been using "Sharilee Shares" on some writing places, and on my blog.

      I like your name, too. I have always loved the name, "Victoria" -- it such a pretty name. Thanks for the comment and the votes. Take care!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How lovely! I love the references of prairieprincess to your parents and to God. And how cool that the name relates to your real name, Sharilee. Lovely hub! For 13 years, huh? do you find that sometimes you use your "real" name online? I like my online name, too. Your hub makes me think. Many votes!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Rebecca, I would to read that story! And thank you. You are so kind.

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      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I love your name-- it's pretty cool, and I like it better now I know the backstory... =) I almost want to write a hub on how I got my avatar, but this is priceless.... Made my day!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @aka, thank you so much! It's funny but I relate to the name, too. I am a believer that our names do have significance, even today, and somehow this name always felt right. Names are strange, aren't they? Again, thank you so much for your kind words. Take care!

      @Movie Master, I always thought your name was very cool, too. It has a real authoritative ring to it. And thank you for your kind words. Take care!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @wheelinallover, I absolutely love your name. It has a feeling of mobility and action to it, and to me, epitomizes your hope and attitude. It's great that you were able to create a brand for yourself with this name and that it suits your personality and life.

      Thanks so much for sharing!

      @Dee, you are so right. That is the most important thing of all. Blessings, and thank you so very much for your supportive, kind words.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've always been envious of your lovely name - it sounds so romantic!

      I wish I had chosen something a bit more exciting!

      Voting up

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      9 years ago from Australia

      I became a follower (fan) partly because I loved the name.

      I actually thought it was descriptive at the time, but still, I love it!!! :))

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      9 years ago

      "I am a child of God or His princess". I love lovely. And being reminded of that one thing can make your stand a little taller, smile a little wider, sing a little louder....and.....strut when you walk. Loved this hub. Voted it up and beautiful.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Wheelinallover has been an internet nickname for 12 years now. What surprises some people is I use it on business platforms also. The reason for it is I have my own little niche with the nickname. For me the nickname fits also for more than one reason. I have been wheelchair bound for 22 years now.

      I love traveling and being in a wheelchair hasn't stopped this. I also love 4wheelin in the country. I actually didn't start this until after I was in the wheelchair. For years my four wheel drive vehicle sat right outside the back door of my house. I have never liked the idea of being stuck, with the four wheel drive I don't have this fear. As for protecting myself, it would not be possible. My name, corporate name with my name attached, and a new website have my name all over the internet.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Kashmir, thank you so much and blessings to you, my friend! I did not know that your name was a song; I always wondered. Now, I am curious to look up this song. Have a wonderful day!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great hub enjoyed the explanation of your hub name and i like your real first name to it is a beautiful name. I took the name Kashmir because it is my favorite Led Zeppelin song.

      Vote up and more !!!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Pamela, your name suits you and the trend now does seem to be towards people using their own name. Thank you so much for your votes and the comment. Take care!

      @Peggy, that was my intention, too, to protect myself but it seems with all these links, we're all out there, for better for worse! Thank you for your comment. Take care!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @WD, thank you very much. I like your style, too! And using your own name is probably the simplest thing to do. Take care!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @HBN, that is so interesting, that your given name, Gail, means, happy. Your HP name really suits you and it seems to fit your writing, which seems full of joy. That is so cool!

      Thank you for your kind words and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Billy, that completely makes sense that it shows up in Internet searches and therefore, it is easily recognized. Your name definitely has a masculine feel to it. Thanks for your kind words. Take care!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I used my real name but only the first letter of my last name when I started and it can't be changed now. I thought it would protect my real identity somewhat which is not really true with the link to FB, etc. I like the meaning behind your name, prairieprincess. Nice!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I like the Hub name. I wish I had thought of something clever when I started, but now it's been almost 3 years so I don't want to change it. I really enjoy your hubs. Rated up!

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      WD Curry 111 

      9 years ago from Space Coast

      I always wondered about that. I guess I am stupid. I use my real name. I am easy to find. Bring it!

      Seriously, I like your style, PP.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Sharilee, having only known you by your HubPages name, I enjoyed reading the explanation behind your chosen Hubber name and was especially intrigued by the fact that its meaning correlates to the meaning behind your real name.

      My birth name is Gail which means "joy" and I chose to include the word "happy" in my Hubber name because I'm happy and try to spread joy wherever I go. Funny thing is I didn't connect the fact that both my real name and Hubber name have similar meanings until I just read this hub.

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing it. Both of your names evoke images of beauty.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really enjoyed this PP...I have kept the same online name for years and it is a nickname I picked up playing high school baseball. Now I keep it because it is recognizable online and in searches and I don't want to upset whatever mojo I have garnered over the years.

      Good job of writing, as usual!


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