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What’s in a name? The Story Behind My DaubiMill Life

By natashamiller

February 21, 2018

I can’t believe I never thought to explain why I chose the name DaubiMill before. It has, subconsciously, become such a part of me that I never thought it strange. The question came from a wonderful soul I have shared many meaningful conversations with and it made me realize that I have been keeping this part of me from many of my newer friends and urban family.

So here it goes!

My maiden name is Dauberman. This lead to a lot of teasing all through elementary school. Please insert any childish or derogatory terms into your own mind as I am not going to rehash them here. Instead I will tell you that, although it bothered me, it never fully got me down. It was my name. It was the only name I had ever known and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Come high school, my mom busted her butt to make sure that I got into a school that was the best fit for me. In so doing, I managed to get away from the clique that would tease me and managed to start relatively fresh. Only a few people from my elementary school went to this high school and they were some pretty great people.

There was still some teasing but not nearly as much. The most teasing I got was from a kid in my class. He used to call me Daubi. All of grade 8 he would taunt me but by grade 9, it almost became a term of endearment. Right around this time though, the craziest change was happening. It seemed that everyone in my grade class were becoming friends. We each had our close friends, but ultimately, there never seemed to be a stereotypical “us vs. them” cliques. I was getting more involved in volleyball and finding a lot of success, as well as building confidence academically. What followed over the next ten years, this time would be my Chapter 1. It was such a great moment in time for me and, in times of transition, I came to associate the name Daubi with this wonderful time in my life.

Fast forward to now, and, as you know, my married name is Miller. Again, some of the happiest moments have been with my husband and our son. Miller has come to mean a lot to me too. It’s a part of who I am, just like Dauberman is.

Therefore, once I committed to starting a blog, the name was the easiest thing in the world for me. Marrying my past and my present, as well as two of the happiest moments in time for me. Chapter 1 of my adolescence and then, starting a new book when marrying my wonderful husband, the chapter one of the rest of my life.

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