Do our names define us?

Sunday , July 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM

LONDON MAYNARD
TX. Correspondent

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

As Juliet wondered in Shakespeare's famous play, do names really matter in life? In the world that we live in today, we find more and more unique names and spellings of classic names taking shape.

Can your name alone give your life direction? Are certain people destined for certain things in life just because of their names?

One thing about names that can be debated is whether it’s more beneficial to have a common or an abstract name. Both have their fair share of perks that come with them, but they sure do carry some baggage as well!

Currently in the United States, Noah is the most popular baby boy name and Emma is the most popular name for a baby girl. Are these Emmas and Noahs bound for successful and popular lives, or are they doomed to a life of repetition?

Having a unique versus a common name is something that is often debated. While having a common name guarantees that it will be pronounced correctly, you also run the risk of always having a name twin whenever you meet new people.

Due to the fact that London is a famous city, you’d think that people would be able to keep my name straight, but if I had a dollar for every time I got called Landon, Logan or Lyndon, I’d already have enough money saved up for retirement.

Why does it bother us when people get our names wrong? A name is a source of identity, and when we’re misidentified, our reaction isn’t always positive. Humans are prone to make mistakes, and I’m sure we’re all guilty of mispronouncing or misidentifying a few names, but we should all at least try our best to get them right!

When naming a child an abstract or uniquely spelled name, you run the risk of your child having that name pronounced incorrectly for the rest of his or her life. Maybe that’s a small price to pay for a name that draws attention.

Do names really matter at all? Would I still be who I am today if I had a different name?

My strong belief is that I definitely would be! We can’t let our titles determine who we are, and we can’t hide behind them either. You’re still you no matter what name you respond to! We should worry more about what a person is really like rather than what name they go by.

The truth behind a name is the fact that no matter what that name is, you can make it yours. No matter how unpopular or uncommon your name is, make sure that you’re the face people think of when your name comes to mind. Creating a positive image to go with your name allows you to become whoever you want.

Don’t let your name determine who you are. No matter what your title is on the outside, you’re still you on the inside!

London Maynard is a recent graduate of Bear River High School. Email her at londonmaynard.tx@gmail.com.

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