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,
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.