What’s In A Name

Gill has written in again, but this time not with anything nearly as out there or controversial as last time.

This time she’s talking about names. I’m not sure I entirely understand what her point is, but I also have a headache that’s making me feel a little dizzy and unfocussed this morning, so maybe it’s me. Perhaps you’ll have better luck.

Hello Isabel, Olivia, Emma, Sophie, Sophia, Madison, and Evelyn. Welcome to the world Eathan, Jacob, Matthew, William, Jonathan, Nathan, and Jack. No friends I didn’t barge a maternity ward, but I have heard the latest names, and many harken back to our grandparents, and great-grandparents times.

Why are we talking about this? Shakespeare once asked “What’s in a name?` and if you know the truth plenty can be conveyed in those letters that form the word that seals your fate. Poor little Hashtag and Grinnade, might just have it tougher than Olivia or Jack, but that’s not to say they will get the shaft entirely.

Does your name have a story? Some are simple, it could be that your parents just liked that name, or when you made your entrance in to the world they saw you and instantly knew. Others have cultural significance.

How does your name influence employers? Unfortunately we are a very judgmental society, and if your name is judged hard to pronounce, or too weird that may leave employers less likely to hire you.

So what else can your name say of you? If your name like mine has back story it can mean your parents thought, or tried hard to get you to this place.

Lets also face it we associate certain names to jobs. I associate the name Olivia to some kind of cook or housewife. That’s mostly because of Olivia Walton.

What’s in a name? Plenty. Maybe proud cultural tradition, a best friend from your parent’s childhood, or just some creativity on their behalf.

What careers do you associate the following names with?

Emily, Hayden, Kimberely, Dashawn, Ruth, and Max.

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