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How Much Does Your Name Matter?

Monday, April 08, 2013

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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Sandy from philadelphia,pa

Anybody can name there kid whatever they want to. That's part of the point of living in a free country. I will, however, never forget the time I was in a department store and noticed a cute-as-a-button little African American girl at a cosmetic counter pointing at all the products and saying, "That's my name and that's my name, and that's my name." over and over. I was curious so I went over to see that her name was "Clinique". Blessing or burden? You decide.

Sep. 09 2014 06:54 PM
Bonnie Speeg from Cincinnati

In 1971 I named my son Dylan after my Welsh ancestry and favorite poet Dylan Thomas, and Bob Dylan, of whom both my husband and I were fans since 1964.
My son's middle name is TODAY; after the philosophy of Alan Watts.
The hospital staff frequently came by my postpartum room to make sure I knew what I was doing.
That child came to be a musician/performer/songwriter and a painter. And I do mean he makes his livelihood from it!

My son married a Scandinavian/Jewish (Caucasian) woman named Monisha, which everyone thinks is African-American, though it's Hindu and mean "wise woman". Upon hearing her name people are expecting to meet an African-American woman. I enjoy their silent surprise when she shows up quite to the contrary.

My daughter was born in 1976. Her name is Sarah (timeless and beautiful name) IVY....so she will forever be reminded of to keep herself 'grounded'.
For ten years she dated a guy named Eli Evergreen. : )

Aug. 08 2013 07:35 PM

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