Your name

@allknowing (58164)
India
January 15, 2013 6:30pm CST
When I started going to school that is the time I came across so many names that one day I told my father that I did not like my name and that it should be changed to .....I gave him a big list. Indeed my father explained to me why it could not be done and so I was stuck with my name given to me, I am told, by my grand mother. But as I grew older I got to like my name! What has been the history behind your name. Who was responsible to give you that name. Has there been an argument before deciding to name you. You must have heard about it when you were old enough to know about the day you were christened. Do you like your name? Since I was the fifth girl child I was told there was no celebration when I was christened Tell us your story.
10 responses
@humairaku (2040)
• Indonesia
16 Jan 13
my name is taken from my religion holy book. it consists of two Arabic words so it is quite difficult to read and write. the meaning is the child who is delighted to see. my dad gave that name. i really like my name cos i always be the one which in the list. my name is started by Q and it is seldom people have name started with that letter. i also enjoy every time people get difficulty in writing my name. lol. for example if i register to a medical center to check my health. when the officer asked my full name, i answered as clearly as i can cos based on experience before, they always got difficulty in writing my name. and like i guessed before, the officer asked me to repeat ansewring. it lasted for at least three times till i decided to spell the letters one by one. lol. and this happened many times. it is often they even wrote my name incorrectly. the latest case was when i took my new id card in a government office. the officer shouted to call people one by one. i was in line with my husband. when my husband name was being called, i was ready to be called. but funny thing happened cos the officer couldnt read my nane. he just said 'Qu...Qu..Qu..' and not be able to read next. then i directly grabbed my card while saying 'that's me sir..!'..what is the name said Shakespeare..in fact, name is everything right? :)
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
Thank you for giving me this good laugh. Even simple names some cannot pronounce. They always end with a 'y' when they address me and there is no 'y' there. Mine is a simple name and still they murder it. You must thank your name that you get to laugh each time someone calls out to you and ofcourse you must thank your father first.
@humairaku (2040)
• Indonesia
16 Jan 13
you're welcome. it always feels awesome to make people laugh. lol. i will tell you another story. once my friend who was major agriculture science told me. his lecturer said that his first daughter name is drophila melanogaster. for those who are not familiar with biology will think that that name is very beautiful. but for me, who recognized that the name is latin name for a kind of insect (the apperance of that insect is similar with flies) which lays eggs in fruits then the larvae will cause fruits rotten. so i remembered i laughed so loud when my friend was telling me that. i really cant understand how could a father gave that such name for his daughter..:D
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
If he knew the meaning of the name I wonder why he named his daughter with that name. Very bad!
@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
16 Jan 13
I was Christened twice The first time was when I was given my name - my late maternal grandfather named me. And the name was Siddhartha. And all my life, this has been the most widely misspeled name I have come across. All my education certificates have different spellings of this name. The next time was in 2007 when Sids became official name of mine - and this time it was my Australian boss who had some complications in pronouncing the long Siddhartha But ever since he named me Sids, I have loved the name and it is my official name on the Internet. There is something (I dont know what) but I love this name more - maybe it is short and more like what my friends call me (of course without the second s). I remember I too once wanted to change my real name to something else, but I could never find any to my liking - Those days all I could come up with was Indian Names and at end, I always felt, what is wrong with what I have? At least that name is more complicated (and this was later confirmed when I recieved my educational certificates - each having a different version of my name).
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
You cannot call yourself officially Sid as there are formalities to be completed to get a new name and I don't think you have done that! You will be in deep trouble if you have not uniformly used just one name as using more than one name will have trouble with your identity and with all the rules that government is making, you better make up your mind and rectify all your documents with the name yu want finally chosen. Now you have a job to do. As far as my name goes, after I have shifted here most want to add a 'y' to the end of my name and it bothers me. I am already here 22 years and I am still on a correcting spree whenever people make those mistakes. But on official records they are all without the 'y' added.
@thesids (22448)
• Bhubaneswar, India
17 Jan 13
Ah yes, that is one thing which I must do. But there have been different people telling me different things. Now what should I do? Would a simple Court Affidavit and subsequent publication in the newspaper would suffice or I do need to go to all of those certificate issuing authorities and ask them to rectify my name's spelling and re-issue me the certificates (I think all I would need is the educational certificates).
@allknowing (58164)
• India
17 Jan 13
Just see if this link will help you: http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090622021316AAogQ5W
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
16 Jan 13
Apparently my aunt[father's sister] named me and she blessed me saying I should excel in arts and knowledge and be like Goddess Kalaivani.I do not know why but right from young ,Goddess Saraswati[the Goddess of education and knowledge in our culture] had a special fascination for me and I used to love stories where knowledge triumphed over wealth.I used to look up to my intelligent father and had a secret yearning that my name could have been Saraswati.[how silly the young can be because my name is just a synonym of the Goddess's name]In fact I used to imagine people addressing me using the name.But once I grew up I preferred my own name to the other. I am the second [technically third]child and my mother used to tell me how she did not want me at all and tried her best[ climbing up five hundred steps ]with fond hopes of getting rid of me but I was firmly ensconced and here I am .
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
That is indeed rude of your mother but I am sure you loved her just as well. What made your mother tell you that. Was it when you were naughty? In my case I was the fifth girl child and although my mother did not say those things but would tease me and say that she picked me up from the streets. And once just as she was teasing a lady came with a child in her arms to beg and my mother said that she would exchange me for that baby. Rest you can guess kala! Somehow I had a pleasant childhood. I shall now on call you Saraswathi!
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
16 Jan 13
No no allknowing! I want only my own name. My mother was emotionally down at that point of time ,had her share of household troubles,[ what after marrying at the age of 15+ just after she had finished school] and was worried about getting another female child and there was I .So she naturally panicked and apparently she cried when she saw me saying "Oh dear ! she is also going to suffer like me".But I was pretty close to her and still have a special soft corner for her.I am far away now but the way she has helped me in my married life is something I will never forget and it always leaves me choked if I start thinking of those days. THese mothers always have to tease their children like what your mother did! I have heard my mother say that I was exchanged for paddy from a vegetable vendor named Dhanam. One day when I was teased by mother and sister I said I would go back a nd walked with this DHanam up to the corner of the street.THis was when I was a very little girl but I remember how I walked and up to where I went.Of course I came back.
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
It is a good thing you understood your mother and that's all that matters. We all get teased and that is done because they love us so. I was a pampered soul - my father's pet. Fine then Saraswathi - sorry kala!
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@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
At first i don' like my name, My first name is Jeany and i don't like it coz it sounds like genie in the bottle ahaha lol! My mother explained me that my actuall name really is jenny rose but there was a typographical error when processing my birth certificate. instead of a double "N" the one "N" changed to an "A" ahah
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
Small mistake no doubt but what a fiasco it created! Poor Jeany. Actually it is pronounced as genie. No explanation is going to change that My husband had a problem too but it got stuck. What cannot be cured has to be endured. Have a good day genie!
@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
nyah! At first it pisses me off when they pronounce my name as genie, i don't know why,and i started to just introduce my nickname with my second name rather than with my first name. ahah
@allknowing (58164)
• India
21 Jan 13
The earlier you get over it the better for you jeztrose!
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
My names was conjured lol by my dad.. i don't know why this is my name but from what my mom told me, i would rather have my name than what my dad thought of first.. his first choice was LOLA!!! horror!!! lol.. so i am quite happy with what i have now.
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
There are so many areas where our parents do the choosing and we have no say absolutely and our name is one such. Thankfully you liked your name. I fully agree with you. Lola would not be my choice either. I wonder how your parents went about arguing about what name to give you. There must have been an element agreeing to disagree, leaving the matter there for some days, getting back to it and then your mother finally giving in!
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
hahaha i would be very mad at them if they gave me that name ( no offense to those who like that name tho) lol.. but honestly.. i am glad they chose my current name right now.
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
They knew your mind jazel even then!
• United States
16 Jan 13
I was named after my mother's nurse. But, I always did love my older sisters name. Her name was Faite. My mother was told, she couldn't have children. She had three. But, my father said, it was fate, that they had child. So, he named my oldest sister Faite. I have always loved her name.
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
I am having a good laugh knowing the history behind names here. One is named after a scooter because his father was a scooter mechanic, one is named after a school because her mother was a club member there and now you, named after your mother's nurse! Wow! Your sister was named Faite because she was not expected. I am so glad I posted this topic. I have learnt so much. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information.
@Raine38 (9031)
• United States
16 Jan 13
My name was my mother's "college" name. She's a member of this certain club and they gave her a shorter nickname. She just spelled it differently and gave me that name. At first, I also didn't like it because I thought it's too short. I also became envious of my classmates who have two first names. But now that I am older and has begun to require clearances from government agencies, I am glad that my name is that way because I have nobody else who share the same first name and last name. And that makes it easier for me to secure clearances.
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
We all go through this phase of not liking our name, comparing it to our friends in school and so on. Talking of names I remember reading in Little Lulu comics where she asked the baker to put her name as Lullubelle on her cake and when asked why she said then she will get more icing to lick This thing about your mother using her college name as the base to pick your name is hilarious. I wonder to what lengths parents go to choose names for their much loved babies.
@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
Growing up I wasn't really fascinated by my own name coz I felt that my two given names doesn't sound good together coz my first given name is of Spanish origin and then my second name is quite uncommon when I was growing up. Well, I really couldn't do anything about it. I never dared asked my dad why he gave me such name coz I know that he'd be offended in a way. Anyway, my friends got used to calling me by my nickname which I think is cute. So having my real name didn't bother me that much...well, it did somehow sometime coz having two names takes time to write it - everytime I have to write it on my test sheets!
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
Atleast your father did not try to rhyme your name with the names of your other siblings. Here there was a person I am told who had 17 kids and all the names were rhyming with each other regardless of whether they had a meaning. The first girl's name was Rose and I am told one of the girl's name was Pose and such meaningless names were chosen. Pose?? Any sense? I have 3 names but I have managed to survive by just mentioning my first name while filling forms unless they specifically asked for the second or third names. I feel sorry for you but what can't be cured has to be endured. No?
@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
16 Jan 13
i want to change my name because it is not common enough. you could be easily tracked with a name that is not common. it is cute and all, but not safe. my ex is out there looking for me trying to harm me, so....
• India
16 Jan 13
my name is also from a comedy story. actually when i started to go to LKG,my name was krishnakumar. its a kerala style name. my father is a two wheeler mechanic. so his friend tried to tease him when my mom was pregnant of me that if the baby is a boy ,should keep a name related to mechanic( just joking) . so when i born ,they teased me as suraj( its a old bike's name) later everbody called me as suraj. my dad is not good in english. so when he wrote my name as suraj, the spelling comes as SOORAJ. now my name is sooraj
@allknowing (58164)
• India
16 Jan 13
Beautiful story indeed. Are you fast in whatever you do now? After all your name got generated because of the famous scooter in those days. It is amazing how names are chosen. The spelling of Sooraj with a double 'o' looks stylish.