How Caitlyn Jenner chose her new name

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When the Olympic athlete formerly known to the world as Bruce Jenner debuted her new identity as Caitlyn Jenner on Monday on the cover of Vanity Fair, many people wondered: how did she choose her new name? And, given her relationship with the Kardashian family, who tend to favor first names that start with K, why was it Caitlyn with a C?

Featured on Vanity Fair's June cover is Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner. (Photo courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)
Photo courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

Jenner revealed the answers to these questions in her lengthy interview with Buzz Bissinger for Vanity Fair.

Bissinger told “Good Morning America: “She made a list of names, had a close friend make a list of names. Caitlyn was on the both and, folks, it’s Caitlyn with a C.” In the Vanity Fair article, Bissinger also reveals that Jenner watched the Miss America pageant to brainstorm new name options, but Caitlyn still emerged as the front-runner.

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Bissinger wrote in his Vanity Fair article that Jenner went back and forth about the spelling of Caitlyn and whether to use a C or K, but decided on a C because she thought it “best to break tradition, and the media associations that went with it.” Sources close to Jenner also told PerezHilton.com that the spelling decision was made to separate Jenner from the Kardashian brand, and to allow her to be her own person.

Jenner was previously married to Kris Jenner, of Kardashian fame. The Kardashian women typically have all preferred K names: Kris, Khloe, Kourtney, Kim, Kylie, and Kendall.

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How Caitlyn Jenner chose her new name

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