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What's in a name?

I think names are very powerful things.  It's human nature to label and categorize and bestow titles.  We have devised all kinds of systems of nomenclature to govern the naming of things.  We name inanimate objects (all my mom's cars have been called Tessy), we give nicknames and pet-names (I'm the only one still allowed to call my college pal Krusty).  Names gain importance or infamy depending on who has borne them.  In the naming of people, some prefer to give a name plucked from the family tree or reminiscent of someone respected.  Others want something a bit more original - either to their circle or to the world at large.  Some folks are rather inventive when it comes to naming their kids, and even more so when it comes to the spelling. 

I'm acquainted with a centinarian named Eunice.  That in and of itself isn't that remarkable, but becomes much more interesting when coupled with the name of her late husband Ulysses.  In the NICU you come across lots of Miracles and Heavens (and of late numerous Nevaehs) as well as M'angels and Jer'treasures.  One of my friends decided to name her baby Grail.  And I recently met a young fellow named Machiavelli.  Seriously. 

A name can recall memories good and bad, evoke deeply held emotions.  I wonder what connotations my name holds for those who know me...


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Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
At one point my unit had an Apollo, an Akiles (pronounced as Achilles), and a Ulysses. I was greatly amused. And it was a nice break from all the Nevaehs and Jaydens.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Kickin' it old school! ;-)
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