Fleeting: What is in a Name? (Part Two of Two)

So about a week ago I mentioned a bit about the history of how my name came to be… and how originally I was going to have a Vietnamese first name and a Westernized middle name. However my parents flipped it favoring the first name to be Westernized in order to help me become more acclimated within the United States.

However, the online community knows me more by the pseudonym: Marianya Klis. So what does Kabalarians say about that?

First Name

Your name Marianya has made you strong willed and self-sufficient. You do not depend on others for encouragement, but you respond to appreciation and enjoy being the centre of attention. You thrive on interacting with people when you can implement your original ideas. You could be inventive and ingenious along practical lines. You enjoy new ideas and new projects, but have difficulty in following through if once you find the novelty of an activity has worn off. New ideas hold your interest, but you become restless when boredom or monotony sets in. However, once you make up your mind that something is going to work, you persevere until it is accomplished.

As your independence and freedom are very important, you will seldom tolerate limitations. You tend to scatter your efforts and to avoid those activities that require concentration, system and order, and attention to detail. You like to act spontaneously, but impulsive decisions and poor judgment can occasionally lead you into unsettling circumstances which spoil the success of your undertakings. Seldom planning ahead, you undertake projects and work out the details as circumstances arise.


The surname of Klis gives those using it a genuine love for their fellow man and the desire to assume responsibility for others. They are warm-hearted and sincere in manner. They will often participate actively in community affairs. People tend to seek their advice, for their judgment is sound in both business and personal matters, and they usually exemplify stability in their own personal lives. They like the settled environment of a home and family. Natural parents, they respect parenthood as a serious responsibility. They are usually a very close-knit family, and can enjoy one another’s association, although there could be a tendency to be over-possessive. Self-sufficient and independent, they are happiest when in business for themselves, or when managing a business. They would make good teachers, doctors, lawyers, or real estate sales people. Although quite practical in nature, they can enjoy music and the arts and could become musical themselves. They are decisive and reliable, although they do take life too seriously and worry too much. Although this name has many fine qualities, the degree of harmony in the family will depend greatly upon the characteristics created by the first names of individual members in the family.

But how did I, personally, decide upon this name?

Well “Klis” was a surname I created while in the third grade for a family of this play I wanted to write, which was about two families who were close friends and they went camping together and during the course of this camping trip the audience and various family members stumble upon the various interpersonal (and in some cases extramarital) relationships between the two families… eventually everything gets resolved in the end and not necessarily for the better. (Gee I wonder why I ended up writing for an online soap opera?)

“Marianya” came about more organically in a way… I always liked the name “Marianne” but I felt the “anne” half of it sounded too harsh at times. It wasn’t until I was watching the animated film Anastasia that I introduced to the nickname “Anya”. I decided that I loved it so much that I would replace the “anne” with “anya” and there you have it: “Marianya”.

It is not off the mark for those that have only known me by my pseudonym to shorten it to “Mari” having it sound more like “Mary” but it isn’t how I pronounce it. To me “Marianya” is pronounced more like this:

“Mar” = mar
“i” = long sounding “e”
“anya” = exactly as in the film Anastasia

It is the name used when on conference calls for various interviews related to the blogs I write for on the Pure TV Network.

In any case… there you have it. Enjoy!