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The Origins of My Name
By Doe Deere
I invented Doe Deere in 2007 for my solo disco-pop project, after my rock band broke up. My husband started calling me Doe because I favored the ‘doey-eyed’ makeup at the time; Deere is a real English last name. The music project is now defunct, but the name stuck — he and everyone else, including my friends & immediate family, now call me Doe.
I have considered getting my name legally changed to Doe Deere, but haven’t done that because there is no real need, plus I don’t want to go through the hassle of getting all the documents replaced. Besides, I don’t have a problem with my legal name — it’s Russian and I’m proud of it. That may be part of the reason why I haven’t gotten it changed.
I like the name Doe Deere and am planning to use it for the rest of my life. It suits me so perfectly — it’s humorous, it’s fantasy, and it shows my love for animals. When I introduce myself, few people are surprised; I wonder if they assume it’s some weird Russian name because of my accent? (It’s not.) A lot of people also hear “Dope” at first (haha, ew!) and I have to correct them (“Doe – as in doe re mi.”).
P.S. If a form requires a middle name, I will put it down as Doe A. Deere. Hehe.
P.P.S. I did not get my name from Crystal Castles, who happened to release a track under the same name, ‘Doe Deer’, in 2010. It must have been a coincidence because I don’t see how chaotic, noisy music could be related to me in any way!!