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Meaning of Names - Identity

The meaning of names is something of high interest to a great number of people. Out of curiosity, many people want to know the meaning of names, either first or last. Not many people are all that curious about the meaning of their middle names, nicknames or pet names, though. This is with good reason. They are unimportant.

The meaning of names may be traced back to the beginning of time and the question of the meaning of life, itself. Some will errantly believe that if they can just find out the meaning of their names, then they will solve the mystery of what life really means. This is just wishful thinking, however.

The meaning of names calls into question one's desire for identity. When one is searching for the meaning of a first name or last name, one is usually looking for some piece of information that will tell them who they are in life. In other words, there is a reason for the "I" in identity.

As the great bard, Shakespeare once said in Romeo & Juliet, "What's in a name?" The central conflict in the play was that neither character had the correct name according to their respective families. The meaning of each name evoked hatred and distaste on par with the more current Hatfields and McCoys.

This just goes to show that some people take names and their meanings very seriously. It would also serve these same people to lighten up a bit and take on a hobby such as chipmunk herding, gopher tossing or prairie dog bopping.

Many times the meaning of names throughout history are derived from a specific parcel of land or a profession. For instance, if one's family came from Germany a long time ago from a specific area, their name may have "burg" or "berg" attached to the end meaning either castle or mountain respectively. This kind of geotargeted identity makes many want to stay close to the homeland their entire adult lives.

In England, a person may be a Taylor, Smith or Tyler and this is because of the profession of the male family member of yore. In addition, yore is quite a funny word, which in the present day means "Yo", such as "Yore, mama, get me my shirts from the tailor, be-atch!"

Anywho, the meaning of names that are usually developed and perpetuated are the ones seen in a positive light. Derogatory names such as the Barfbergs and the Poopcleaners have long dropped from the current vernacular because of issues of family pride.

If you happen to be stuck with a less than desirable name that has a totally inadequate meaning attached to it and detracts from your true identity, then you may consider renaming yourself legally before a judge. We recommend the name "Thor" as both first name and last for such occasions. The name "Biff" is adequate even for females.



 
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