What's in a name?

@hvedra (1623)
November 23, 2011 10:32am CST
Do you know why your given name was chosen for you? Mine was chosen just because it was popular and my parents liked the sound of it. Were you named for a relative or famous person? What do you think of your name now, do you like it or would you like to change it? Have you changed your name? If you have changed your name or would think about it, what would be the main reasons? Would it be just to have a name you liked or so you can disassociate yourself with your old name or parts of your past? I neither like or dislike my actual name but sometimes I would like to change it and have a completely new identity. If we won the lottery I think I'd want to change my name and move so we'd be hard to track down.
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@celticeagle (116758)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Nov 11
I have an interesting oldfashioned name. My dad was in the Navy before I was born and my first name is after a naval hero(Evelyn), my middle name is after the Queen of England(Elizabeth) because my mom was royalty fan. The last name is Sherrill. It is actually English and means "dear, darling; cherry fruit; green gemstone". When I became a teenager I didn't like my first name. I changed it and started being called Eve. When I started going online and having trouble with hackers and all I started using a false name. It just happened to be my great grandmother's name. Rachel Sullivan. I love the name and would change to it if I could.
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@hvedra (1623)
24 Nov 11
I have thought about using a nom-de-plume from various women in the family tree. Certainly some of my Victorian ancestors seemed to pick some pretty names.
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@celticeagle (116758)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Nov 11
I would like to change my name to my great grandma's which was Rachel Sullivan.
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• Mexico
28 Nov 11
Hi hvedra: My name is Alvaro and my parents give me that name because of my father whose name is also Alvaro. My second name is Augusto. I liked it and it's actually a historical name, the name of a Roman emperor. ALVARO
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@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
24 Nov 11
Yes, I do have an idea why I was name with my name. Actually I have two names. The first one was from the bible which means gift of God. My parents decided to name me such since it took them around 16 years to bear a son.. It was some sort of miracle knowing that it was quite that long before they bear a child. So after 16 years of constant prayer, there was me and they considered it a gift of God. My second name is actually a name of a saint. I was born on the day in which the saint celebrated its feast. So there it is, the reason for my two names.
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24 Nov 11
There is a funny story about my naming. I mean the way i got my english name. it was in the first oral English class of my freshman year in my university. we were required to adress each other by an english name when talking for the sake of convinence. but some students didn't have an english name. so our teacher, an ABC,who never failed to surprise you with some strange but funny ideas, had prepared a box of labels with names on and let us to choose our names for ourselves. but she didn't tell boy's name from those for the girls. when, it was my turn, i chose a less girlish one, Carl. of cause, i didn't know it was for a man because i just want a masiculine one but not a real man's name. what ambarssed me more was that i posted it on the front cover of book and the teacher didn't tell me my name was too masiculine and thus not properiat for a girl like me. after the class. i lokked up this word in the dictionary and found its real meaning. a pinge of ambarassment attacked me. so i changed it to the current one carol for the two have similar spelling. in the begaining, i didn't have special attachment ot it. afterwards, i knew that it means holy songs and i started to love it. may there is not special meaning in your name and no celebrate people have the same one with you. yours may be just a symbol. but you can make it meaningful by yourself. the meaning of your name is you.
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• United States
24 Nov 11
My name is coincidental. My name actually matches the saint's day that I was born on.
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@alexlin (20)
24 Nov 11
My name was given by my grandfather. He hope me to make progress and rich. It was called more than 25 years, I am used to it now. I think I will not change it if there have no special things. I Provide several names to chosed by my yonger brother for his son.He borned in last month. I thought hard in a long time. At last one of the names i provided was elected. It is a wonderful experience. I like it.
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@janevi (889)
• Philippines
24 Nov 11
My name was taken from an almanac. It means "God is gracious". When I was in college, I asked my other why they have given me this name. She told me that she had offered me to the Blessed Virgin Mary because I was sickly, thus I was baptized by it. The meaning of my helps me to be reminded of the faithfulness of God whenever there is a problem that comes. Somehow, even my disposition in seeing and handling the daily grind of life, is positive though there are also times that I am not in my utmost usual self. When I was in high school , we were required to submit our birth certificate.I found out that I have another name before my usual name. It was added because the priest refused to perform the rite of baptism if I did not have that christian name before it. From that time on, this new found name was added to my name. Since then, I am using these two names .I love my name and I am happy to have it. It's even common that one day I tried to check if how many are my namesake. There are plenty os uf having the same name. It only differs in the middle name. Anyway, I am only one of my parents and I'm contented with it.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
24 Nov 11
hi there hvedra, with reference to your main topic discussion, that is the main title of my past written article posted long time ago. and with regard to my name, i believed this is the name destined to be given to me. as our name is not a coincidence, there is a purpose why you are named after that name.
• United States
24 Nov 11
My name was given to me in honor of a close friend of my mother's. I think that my name is alright, but it's pretty popular, and a lot of other people share the same name as I do. I've always been interested in finding out the definitions of names. I also was intrigued by typing my name into Urban Dictionary and seeing what their results were. I agreed with some of the results, ironically enough. My middle name is a family name. My mom had considered putting Elizabeth somewhere in my name, and she consented that I could ADD this name to my name. I think that many people would like to change their name for some reason, I suppose because they want a change or they dislike their name.
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• United States
23 Nov 11
I was named after one of my mom's old friends, and I actually met the woman once in a case of serendipity. I think I was given my middle name for the same reason. When I was younger and learning to write, I hated my name since it was so long and took me forever to scribble down, but now I love it, even though it's a rather common name for people around my age.
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@ravinskye (8243)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I was named after a friend of my mothers. Well, not really after her, but it was a name my mom like so she gave me the name also. I at times didn't like my name because it was always getting pronounced wrong or people would ask me how to say it or spell it. Eventually I came to like it for the most part.
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@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
23 Nov 11
My first name means "honeybee" and it was picked by my mother, for no particular reason that I know of. My middle name means "chatterer" in the Irish, and was picked by my father because of a wee girl who lived on our street. My da thought she was cute and liked her name, thus, she became my namesake. My middle name can also mean "sorrow" but I like the first one better and it truly fits me. LOL I might drop my first name if I had the money and the choice.
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@besweet (7232)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
I was named after my grandmother, it's a tradition in my country for girls to take their grandmother's name and for boys to get the name of the grandfather. I like my name and I wouldn't consider about changing it but when I was younger I wished I had another name because it was a bit uncommon in my area and noone could remember my nameday.
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• Philippines
23 Nov 11
When i read the first line, i remember the name of one of my aunt who happen to have same name with me. I also remember my mom why she has to give me the name i had. I really want to ask her now but i might disturb her shes already sleep. Now its already 130am. lol But kidding aside perhaps the first four letter came from my grandmothers name..maria and my mothers name marianita. ("._.")
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@hagirl (1296)
• United States
23 Nov 11
It sounds crazy but I have two older sisters and when my dad would come home sometimes he would accidently call them Debbie.... He worked for an insurance company and had debits he went out on for his work..... I don't know strange stories come out of some names..... I knew a guy that was named after the dog. His mother went into labor while feeding the horses in the barn and they had to keep yelling at the dog to get out of the way.
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@umabharti (3976)
• India
23 Nov 11
In India,according to the time of birth and the date withthe birth star a particular name will be given to the new born baby.So it is not that to get a popular name it is just because we born on such and such time.Here still they put names of those who are not living just in remembrance to them and showing gratuity towards the lost person.
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@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
23 Nov 11
My name was giving to me in memory of my two grandmothers from both sides. I like my name because I am like a rose,and have the compassion and love of mary,my name Rosa Maria.
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• Philippines
23 Nov 11
My name's a combination of both my grandmums' names and my second name is just an added one because the church where I was baptized required a name of saint hence my two-word name. I believe that our parents and most parents all over the world give names to their babies deriving from their meanings, some deriving from their loved ones' names, some from a very significant thing or moment and others, a meager of them just liked the name. I once wanted to change my name into something that I have created, but I realized that I could perhaps use that frustration and have my daughter being named after it. I have created numerous names already, some are being named to my cousins, and the most recent, my DOG! Sabrynne Chiarra, and I call her Sachi as her "literal" pet name. Have a great day!