Caitlyn Jenner Didn't Continue The K-Name Tradition, But That's Actually A Good Thing
It's official, the reality star and Olympian has introduced her new self to all of us: And she's named Caitlyn Jenner. If you immediately thought, "Why isn't she Kaitlyn Jenner with a K like her Kardashian/Jenner family?" Well, you're not alone. Last week I read a story in In Touch that reported Jenner had decided on the name Kaitlyn. "Though the exact spelling hasn’t been confirmed, we can understand if [she] wanted to fit in with the other ladies in [her] family — you know, Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie!" the magazine reported. While In Touch had the name correct, they didn't get the spelling right, and I, for one, am glad that she went with a different letter.
Although I wouldn't have blamed her if she had wanted to stick with the K tradition, it's nice that she's choosing to stand out. Jenner will always be connected to her Kardashian family (and her two K-named daughters Kendall and Kylie). But, Jenner's moniker also allows her some separation from all that, while still getting that hard K sound — just with a little unique flair. Besides, it's important to note that this is who Jenner has been her whole life. We don't know when Jenner chose her name, but it's more than likely she was Caitlyn before she'd even met Kris Jenner. After all, she was over-30 years old when the two married. She'd had plenty of time to name who she really was on the inside.
Jenner has been waiting a long time to finally be this person in public, and choosing a name is an incredibly special part of that transition. It's wonderful to get to meet Caitlyn after all these years, and it's nice that Jenner is stepping away from the Kardashians in this small regard. She deserves to have something for herself after so many seasons of being a background character in the reality show of their lives. She may not be continuing that K tradition, but she's here, and she's Caitlyn, and I think that's pretty cool, with a capital C.