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U.S. Olympian Destinee Hooker

I'm PROUD of My Name!

'People Can Be Childish'

8/1/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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U.S. Olympic volleyball badass Destinee Hooker knows people are amused by her name ... she knows some people laugh ... but she doesn't care ... she believes it's a "blessing."

Hooker -- who's CRUSHING it in London right now (indoor team is undefeated!) -- tells TMZ, "When it comes to my name, I honestly find nothing wrong with it. I love my name."

Still, Destinee admits she's not deaf to the jokes ... "I have been dealing with it since I was a child. People can be childish."

There was almost no Destinee Hooker at all ... the 24-year-old tells us she nearly died at birth, and when she survived, her father was inspired to give her the name "Destinee."

"Since I was a blessing, [my father] spelled it uniquely. So I am thankful to be here and glad my Dad gave me the name."

Destinee adds, "No reporters have asked me about my name. You are the first :) thank you for asking by the way."

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obama'saracist    

you go girl you just rock good luck and congrads on a job well done

711 days ago
47.

Jsmiley    

I chuckled at the name but its not a big deal people need to get over simple stuff......

711 days ago
48.

Cujeaux    

It's not so much the name, it's how it's spelled. Destinee. BAAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

711 days ago
49.

Calinative    

Destinee is beautiful and an amazing athelete. I think her name just makes her stand out more.

711 days ago
50.

Mimi    

Only small minds would find this find this funny past 3 seconds. She clearly said her Dad wanted a unique spelling for what is commonly spelt Destiny, yet those falling off their asses seem to be having a had time with that too. You make it so easy for the Destinees of this world to excel. Stay simple. It helps us a lot.

711 days ago
51.

Marisol    

You are destined to be hooked up with greatness. I admire your strength, your spirit and your belief in yourself. DESTINEE 2012

711 days ago
52.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

She's proud of that name. Shocker.

Big mouth open in mid-yell, another shocker.
Thought it was one of the big-mouth williams sisters.

711 days ago
53.

Donald Ray    

What MORON, thinks there's only ONE way to spell a person's name?

711 days ago
54.

Donald Ray    

GAMEPRO, that's because you're an ADULT, NOT a JUVENILE. you know, like people that find PASSING GAS FUNNY?

711 days ago
55.

michelle Hooker    

Its amazing how many people make fun of the name. When I married my husband my grandmother begged me not to take his last name...HOOKER. I am just glad I had sons and not daughters...its easier to name them and not make so much fun of the name. My husbands grandmothers name was Iona most people dont believe it but its true!

711 days ago
56.

rob    

better then HO

711 days ago
57.

Kate Plinton Roman    

One of my best childhood girlfriends last name is "Hooker". What she will tell you is... and I quote...
"It's my name,,, not my game". Look her up, she is a very accomplished jazz musician in the NJ & NY area. LaurenHooker.com

I Love, love... LOVE your show... btw!
Kate 'Plinton" Roman

711 days ago
58.

Kate Plinton Roman    

ps... Good for you Destinee Hooker... you should be proud of your name and your accompliments!

711 days ago
59.

backfire    

Destinee is so beautiful and sooooo incredibly talented, its been my pleasure to watch her in all the volley ball games so far. I don't care what her name is -- she is outstanding.

711 days ago
60.

fred    

Yeah, people can be childish. Like when they make up a new spelling. Anyway, what exactly is happening here? Is this just about Destinee or is it Hooker, too? She only mentions Destinee but that whole name is awful.

710 days ago
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