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, I've hinted at exciting changes that I've been working on and today I'm ready to reveal the first of many. I started My Dear Darling selling just one personalizable original penguin plush and with that, I explained the reason why I didn't give the penguin a name was because I wanted the new penguin owner to name him. But over two years have passed and I've changed my mind. My penguin wants a name! He deserves a name, don't you think? :) So after lots and lots of searching, I've found the one
I started out looking at popular British butler-esque names. Lol, I know, random right? But how can you not like Alfred, Winston, or Edwin for a penguin? :) But every time I looked at my penguin and repeated English names, I realized my penguin ain't British. I searched around some more and ended up looking through Japanese names. Nothing stood out and I was stumped. I went back asking myself why I started making penguins in the first place and BAM it came to me: smiles! I wanted to make penguin plushies in hopes of bringing smiles to others. I finally came up with the name Niko!
"Niko-niko" is a Japanese onomatopoeia that describes a smile. If you didn't know, I'm Japanese (my last name is Vietnamese because I'm married to a Pham) so it was natural for me to give my original plush-baby a name taken from a Japanese word. I was just trying too hard with the butler names. Maybe I can name another character Winston... no? ;)
I'm so excited and I hope you like his name too! What do you think of Niko the Penguin?