The meanings of first names are equivalent
to a person's identity. We identify, many times with who
we are as people by the meanings of our first names. Of
course, this shouldn't be the case, since this has nothing
to do with our personhood, but since we are idiots we do
Okay, we are not idiots. This is overstating
things a bit. When people do equate the meanings of
first names with identity, then this behavior is idiocy.
Did I phrase that better?
First names are more important that last
names because they are first. And, first names
are certainly and unequivocally more important than
middle names that
are neither first nor last, but sitting idly by,
taking up space in the middle with no real function
other than to be used when our name conflicts with
that of a celebrity.
Oh, no, the Good Lord forbids that our name be mistaken
for that of a celebrity especially when we come to light
and make news ourselves. Remember the confusion over Howard
Stern versus Howard K. Stern (or Howard K. Smith) in the
Anna Nicole Smith tragedy?
No, either by middle name or initial, we must no commingle
our names with those of famous people, otherwise the punishment
First names are more informal that last names. First names,
though informal are not that informational. For instance,
the first name Bob does not carry as much genealogical information
as does the name Smith. In other words, first names meanings
are somewhat meaningless.
One exception is that Howard may have some meaning since
this can be a first name or a leeward one. First names are
preferred since they are first to the finish line when saying
one's name. Last implies loser, so should be avoided except
in formal situation that call for using the winning and
losing names together.
First names may be either proper, short, nicknames,
pet names or derogatory names. See how flexible they are!
The much more informal first name is a joy to deal with
as opposed to the other names.
First names make you feel like you're a first class citizen.
If people call you by your first name as in being on a first
name basis, this puts you and them at ease. First names
are fun. Don't you just like calling someone "Smoochie",
"Lucy" or even "Sushi"? I do. It gives
a person added meaning when you do this.
It is much more fun to call someone these names than it
is to call them something like Mr. Anderson, Mr. Cranston,
or Miss Cellaneous. First names give that personal touch
that is missing in so much of our lives. So, why not call
the President, the Pope or the Dalai Lama by their first
names today? You'll be glad you did.