"It's one of the hardest things in life – choosing your own name," Jenner tells Vanity Fair

Before she became Caitlyn, the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner had a tough decision to make: What name would form one of the building blocks of her new identity?

Jenner, 65, told Vanity Fair that the process of choosing her name was not taken lightly.

While Jenner has identified as a female since childhood, her search for a new name began as recently as two years ago, she said, adding, “It’s one of the hardest things in life – choosing your own name.”

For inspiration, Caitlyn turned to the Miss America pageant, watching the contestants, listening to their names called and hoping something would click.

She reveals that two more names in the running were Heather and Cathy – but when her assistant, Rhonda, suggested Caitlyn, Jenner said, “I love that name, too!” And her mind was all but made up.

The only thing left to settle was the spelling, and with the Jenner/Kardashian penchant for names beginning with the letter “K,” it was no easy decision.

Ultimately, Jenner decided to part with the tradition and, in the spirit of her entire transformation, pave her own way.

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As it were, the Irish-originated name Caitlyn means “pure” – appropriate since she told Vanity Fair that she would consider Monday’s cover reveal the moment when she would finally be “free.”