How important is your name really? Though the change of name will not change the essential features of a rose, it can mean a world to Rose. Do you know who Samuel Clemens or Anna Mae Bullock is?

After Juliet realizes that she and Romeo’s family are sworn enemies, she dwells over the idea that name defines its barrier. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Juliet was, as in love over the heels, irrational, and last names indeed, as we all know, were the end of them. Nevertheless, rose is so much more than just a name, or even its smell. 

Depending on a person, everyone has their own preference regarding color, shape or size, and experiences a handful of emotions when everything’s (not) coming up roses. Although the change of name will not change the essential features of a rose, it can mean the world to Rose.

Do you know who Samuel Clemens, Eleanora Fagan, or Anna Mae Bullock are? Those are the actual names of Mark Twain, Billie Holiday, and Tina Turner. Some (to-be) celebrities change their names according to the manager’s advice, some people do that out of political reasons, some women did that to be successful in a society of men (as men apparently do the same thing only if they are transvestites).

How important is your name?

Some people change their name out for numerological reasons, as the previous one doesn’t guarantee desired destiny (it would be interesting to find if any of this applies to any of the previously mentioned people!). This type of change may indeed help to procure fame, or at least speed the process up, but there is a larger number of people whose names just sound nice – and that’s where the story ends (maybe there’s more to numerology than meets the eye?) Even if they look like Tina Turner and have the same name, they don’t sing like the “original”. In the end, she would become famous regardless of her name. Or wouldn’t she?

It’s a fact that there is something called the symbiosis of sonority, so our brain relates the appearance of an object with the phonological properties of its name. In the past, primitive (?) nations gave their children names only after they figured that children have some distinctive traits, so names were often depictive, for example, One that sits still, etc. Today, parents first name their child Reese, Jack, or Chip and then expect that it (hopefully) acts according to it. It is popular to name a child after a celebrity, a real one, or a fictional character, so it is shocking to have a little neighbor called Neo or Frodo. Will their name define their life and up to what extent?

If they spend their whole life in one neighborhood, the community will grow accustomed to their names and them as persons. If they move to another town or change school, some will find them interesting and others will tease them, once again, until they grow accustomed to them.

So how important is your name? Name is a part of our identity and not so many people are willing to part ways with it. When you ask people what they would call themselves if they could change their name, often their first reaction is that they wouldn’t do it at all (even if their name is Apple or Egg).


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