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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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Madam Obvious    

Shame her dad couldn't spell. Not sure I'd be so proud if that was my name, but if she is happy with it, who am I to question it. She will always be a butt of jokes, so she'd better get used to it.

822 days ago
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LDB    

Her dad must've not thought her name through

822 days ago
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Sarah Lyons    

Cool! My cousin Carrie-ann is a Hooker too!

822 days ago
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Sarah Lyons    

Cool. My cousin Carrie-ann is a Hooker too...she loves it.

822 days ago
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PelosiSux    

Used to work with a woman named Tijuana Hooker. Too funny.

822 days ago
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BB not bb    

What is the joke, that it sounds like she is destined to be a hooker? Maybe it means she is destined to make hook shots like in volleyball and that is why she is an Olympian now. I think it sounds nice even if it can be construed to mean something tawdry.


Have you heard names like Loquisha, Taquisha, Niquisha, etc.? I think people just make up syllables and say that that is a name. I once met a girl named ****ima and I was afraid to address her lest her mother think I was insulting her kid.

821 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Almost as good as the Olympic swimmer, Misty Hyman.
I remember a comedian once saying "Only the Americans could have given us a swimmer by the name of Misty Hyman. If your last name’s Hyman, don’t call your daughter an adjective."
haha

821 days ago
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Fat Mike    

There was also a basketballer who played for Italy in the 2000 Olympics named Gregor F*cka. I'm not kidding. Being a basketballer he had his surname emblazoned across the back of his Jersey.
Also check out this Chinese basketballer http://www.asia-basket.com/player.asp?Cntry=CHN&PlayerID=42939

821 days ago
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Oh A 💛💋    

I don't care what your name is girl ! Just go win for U.S.A.🇺🇸

821 days ago
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Spears22    

Destinee Hooker is an inspiration to anyone who had to suffer through school and high school with an odd name.
You are one amazing woman. My hat is off to you Destinee.

821 days ago
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BSname    

Doesnt she have a sister IMA who is also an Olympian ?

821 days ago
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Bill Andrews    

2012 year study finds that people in the Middle eastern part of the World, need the most anger management theropy.. Plenty of Psychologist jobs needed in theropy there in wellness programs. They need to grow up, and stop killing and blowing stuff up ! ( Speed Bump ! )

821 days ago
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Truth    

WHAT'S THE BEEF??? TYPICAL STRIPPER/HOOKER/PORN STAR STAGE NAME. YUP, IT'S HER DESTINEE... #TRUTH!!

821 days ago
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Just_Me    

She's extremely talented and successful.... anybody who has a problem with her name is a true idiot.

821 days ago
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Truth    

GET A CLUE... IT AINT HER FIRST NAME PEEPS MAKE FUN OF, JUST SAYIN. #TRUTH!!

821 days ago
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