Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whats in a name?

I recently read a news article about a woman in New Jersey who had her name changed because she didn't think her original name was "cool" enough..!!!

Though frankly,this isnt the first instance of anyone going for a name change,this time round,it did get me thinking...what really IS in a name?

Nearly all of us have names chosen by our parents...they think a lot about it,go into details about its meaning and finalize one amongst many and then christen us with what we are called throughout our lives.

The amazing thing is that we get so much associated with our name that it becomes difficult to even think that some other name could have suited you more.Like for example,my name is Suchita and I cant imagine being addressed to by any other name(of course there are nicknames and all) and I simply love saying "Hi,I am Suchita" sure you also feel so about your name.

That is why it beats me how anyone can dislike their name,that too for not finding it "cool"!!??
If anyone knows,please let me know:-)

In the meantime,try a fun activity which I have been doing and maybe you will enjoy it too...

Try guessing names randomly of people you dont know(in your mind,of course;)) could do it based on what the person looks like or his/her behaviour or any thing that suits you.

Interestingly,when(if at all) you get to know the actual name of that person,you will find that only to be the best suited name for him/her irrespective of what-all things you thought...but this will also tell you something about yourself...probably about the way you judge people....and maybe even whether it requires changing!:-)


  1. To be really honest, here in India I think there are equal number of people who don't like their name as compared to those who do.
    I agree there are many who just adore their name.
    Also parents while giving a thought actually only gives a thought to what letter the pandit and astrologers have picked and generally its someone elder in the family who generally picks the name taking into consideration that it fits their family linage(Devender, Surender, Jeetender .....) and not at all taking into consideration that it will suit that kid or not.(How can a name like Ram suit anyone at these times)

    I agree with current parent generation this trend may be changing and our next generation will have be more in harmony or will feel "cool" about their name :)