What’s in a name?

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Avery LaRuthless

Picking a roller derby name is something that most people are excited to do. They get to let their creativity flow and are able to create a new name that everyone will soon know. This is also one of the easiest things for someone to come up with. Unless you’re like me. I dreaded the day that I had to choose my name. I am one of the most indecisive and uncreative people alive. I didn’t want to pick out a name, then decide a year or two later I didn’t like it anymore and change it. And I just really enjoy my name already, so I liked being called it.

Picking a name was one of the hardest things I had to do. I asked for advice and thought about it for months. At first I thought I was going to be Biscuits & Gravery. It was a play on my name, so I enjoyed it. Plus, I love biscuits and gravy. But then I decided that I didn’t think I would like being called Biscuit, or really Gravery for that matter. Then my sister came up with Tina TurntUp. I really liked this one. It was fun and Tina Turner is fun to sing along to. I never saw myself as a Tina, but I was going to stick with it. Then one night when I was taking a shower I thought of a new name. Avery LaRuthless. This one was my favorite. It just came to me out of nowhere.  With this one, I would be able to be called by my name and it was a play on my middle name, LaRue. I asked my mom for her advice on it, as well as my sister. They both liked it, so I decided on that one.

So Avery LaRuthless is my official derby name, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, it’s not the most creative, but creativity is not a strong trait of mine. It was a long journey to get to a simple name, it was worth it in the end. And no one has to learn a new name for me, so that’s a plus too.


— Avery LaRuthless

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