My name is Costa Aguirre. Costa is a Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, and Ancient Roman name, but also is Spanish, meaning “the coast”. It can also be spelled “Kosta”. It is a masculine name. Costa also means “riverbank”, “slope”, and “coast” in Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. It is originally derived from Latin meaning “side” or “edge”. My last name is Aguirre, which is the Spanish form of Basque Agire. My mom gave me this name because she always thought that it was very interesting, and reminded her of someone who would spend a lot of time at the beach. I used to be very embarrassed by my name because it was a name that not a lot of other people have, and I felt like an outsider. People always mispronounce my name and I have to correct them every time. This still happens to this day. I have never changed or adopted a new name, but some of my closest friends call me “westcosta”. I have grown to love my name over time.