Wednesday, 8 August 2012

What’s in a name?

Why are we given names? Of course it is to identify each other.

Do people with the similar names have same characteristics in them? Not necessarily…

And what makes a name special? It is the person who makes it distinctive & unique.

During college, three girls in my class shared my name. Mine was a common one at that time & every third person was named so. I wanted to rename myself with a more modern & trendy name. Since my name signified & meant “Goddess of Learning” I was dissuaded not to change my name.

When I reminisce those days, I always wonder about one thing. Whose face would my friends recollect when they are reminded of my name……………
Would they remember the introvert, the extrovert or the dreamer?

Many people, nowadays, opt to change their names according to numerology. Is it really going to help them is what actually matters. But will it be possible adjusting to the new name after having lived with the old name for a very long time?

Most of us have an affinity to certain names. What could be the main reason for that? The name, could have played an important part in our lives, might have been associated with a favorite famous personality or may perhaps have belonged to our first love.

All these are just possibilities for being in love with a name. Definitely 90% of people would agree that they have an attraction towards some names.

Shakespeare said:
“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;”

L.M.Montgomery in “Anne of Green Gables” writes thus:
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.” 

I do not want to delve into these thoughts. All I would want to know is if I had been named differently would I have an altered personality?

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