Tuesday, 6 December 2011

What's In A Name?

I personally know at least one person who has changed her name from what she was born with. A lot of people do it, either because they don't like the name they were born with, because they want to be famous, because they've achieved fame, or maybe just because they want to.

I got to talking to her and we were trying to decide on a new name for her because she's going to have to change it again (long story that isn't mine to tell) and she asked me if I would ever change my name. The simple and short answer is a no.

The long answer I gave her though was "I don't think I would because even if my parents chose it on a whim after they found out I wasn't a girl, was the second gift they gave me, the first being life. I'm not in a hurry to throw either away."

Damn I'm deep.

I've got no problem at all with people changing their name, but I just don't think I would ever do it. Besides, I've got no imagination, I doubt I'd be able to come up with another one. I wouldn't even be able to name my own children or pets. If I have kids naming it is the momma's problem. If I wanted to use every name I want to use, then I'd need have enough children to single handedly make overpopulation a real crisis.

Incase you're wondering what I meant earlier, basically when I was scanned in ma's tummy the doctors decided I was a girl. I'm told they bought dresses and gave me a pink room and just went the whole nine yards folks do when they find out I'm getting a girl. Then when I'm born the doctors realise their mistakes. Looking at my birth certificate reveals I wasn't actually registered for a month or so.

Some people still question if the doctors were actually right. I am one of them.

Also in case you didn't notice I went ahead and made the blog wider, to better accomadate pictures and what not. Though now everything is leaning slightly to the left. If someone could help me fix that I'd be pretty grateful. Also please note that posts are still just as long as ever, it's just that with more room they look shorter.

Totally not overcompensating.

40 comments:

  1. My name used to bother me because of it's relation to a saint from Assisi and it looks like it sounds but when I looked up my name it can mean Freeman or Frenchman of which I'm not either!

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  2. I don't like my first name either, it's not George, but I will never change it. Most people don't know my real first name and only know me as George.
    The thing that bugs me is people with the weird spellings of names in an attempt to be specal. If you have to spell your name Ckyymm and pronounce it like Kim, you're not special, you're pitiful. That's just my opnion.

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  3. Changed my (sur)name when I got married - wish I hadn't... ;)

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  4. @2Peeps Glad you do.

    @The Angry Lurker My name means Guardian and warlike and as I just found out, rebellious. I can live with it.

    @George I would agree, but my sister has done that with her kids.

    @Beth You can always change it back :)

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  5. Totally agree. But just incase, maybe thinking of new ones wont be too bad, you know as a backup, im james earl grey... back... Yeah... it's hard....

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  6. Yes it's wider and I now gained access to a horizontal scrollbar! ...sucks.

    But I'm pretty neutral with my name –which incidentally is the same as yours–. Could've been worse, but I can think of better names such as XAVIER CLARKSON.

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  7. @Rohan92 That is a badass name actually. I like the name James, it's very old English, one that needs to be brought back.

    @Fang I was hoping to avoid the scroll bar of death :( I don't have one, lead me to assume others wouldn't have one either, I'll see what I can do for you. Xaviar Clarkson IS a good name I'll give you that lol. But it's no Charles Xavier.

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  8. Maybe your one of those elusive girls with a penis?

    Also what where your parents gonna call you?

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  9. @Bersercules A ladyboi? I think they only exist in Thailand.

    My mum says she can't remember what my name was going to be, and I really wish I knew. I don't know why I want to know, I just do.

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  10. Whats the sickness where the p*nis blossoms at 12?

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  11. I wouldn't change my name - I like Hazel. It was gonna be Sarah but I'm glad they chose Hazel instead because it's less common.

    I have so many names picked out for any children I may have - I'll have a hard time deciding lol!

    Plus, if you have a shit memory and you changed your name, it would awfully confusing if you couldn't remember it!

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  12. @Copyboy I have no idea, I didn't know that was a thing.

    @Hazel I like Hazel myself too. There's nothing wrong with Sarah but it is pretty common. I'll probably just give in and give the kids like seven middle names. My stepbrother has four I think.

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  13. I wouldn't change my name either. I can use online aliases all day though :)

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  14. @Electric Addict That is one of the joys of being online :) You can be anyone you want.

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  15. Ever notice how some people just look like what their name is? What is a person who did changed their name? Everyone they knew would be confused.

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  16. damn, that was deep. haha.
    I know of a few people who have changed they names in attempts to break into the acting/modeling game....they havent had much luck yet. I think its the name change curse.

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  17. I don't like my name, but why changing it?

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  18. @Allenstesch Can't say I've really noticed that. I was a bit confused when my friend changed her name, but I got used to it.

    @MRanthrope It can go either way. It works for some, not others. Probably depends on the name, the look, or both.

    @My 2 Pesos Some people just dislike their names enough to get it changed, or maybe to escape who they were and start again.

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  19. I really liked your view on the whole name thing. I'd agree with you on that, my parents gave me that name because they liked it and its kinda for them as well as for me.

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  20. I want to change mine to Dick Assman.

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  21. @Megan I was pretty deep that day. I've found out since this that my name wasn't totally random, my mum switched what was going to be my first and middle names around. So some thought went into it lol.

    @Interwebs Fails That's a good name, but it's no Big Papa Smurf.

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  22. I wish my name was max power. I saw it on the side of a blow dryer.

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  23. @Generally Disgruntled You just activated sunglasses mode.

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  24. i have so many aliases, what with being a dancer. i have a stage name, then a different name when i do stags, then another one when i do the phones for the agency, then my real name at the tattoo shop. sometimes i get them mixed up and forget to respond ;)

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  25. @Mark My dad told me when he was gonna name me he was stuck between two names: Caleb and Zakaria. So I've always felt an affinity for the name Zakaria.

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  26. I don't particularly like my name (especially in combination with my middle name!) but I don't think I would ever change it.

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  27. @Kage Thankfully I only really have one name, and I generally go by the same name online (though not this name) so I typically don't fail to respond :)

    @Bersercules Your dad is awesome. Both those names are badass my only problem is I'm sure it's spelt Zacharia but eh. Caleb is great though, and probably what I'll settle on calling my own kids.

    @Heaven. Same here really. But I can live with my name. My only real problems are that it's quite common and it also means things outside the world of names, it's a real word.

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  28. I would never change my name either.. and I like my name and my middle name, they're both pretty uncommon.
    Also not against people changing names, but some are ridiculous like the football player Chad Ochocinco.. Chad Eighty Five?

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  29. @Red13 Well to be fair to that guy Ochocinco is Spanish for 8-5. Though it could be 85. But still, weird name.

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  30. That is a nice story. I won't change mine.

    Funny story is my family has 3 boys.

    1st - named 1 month in advance.
    2nd - named 1 week in advance.
    3rd - named when leaving hospital as parents were told could not leave until named.

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  31. Max power. The name you'd like to touch, but you mustn't touch...

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  32. Never understood why you'd change your name.

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  33. I have no interest in changing my name. Pretty happy with it as it is.

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  34. I won't change my name. Though, it is very common. But I will just used alias.

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  35. @Ipenka Hehe I think there are some places where you can leave with an unnamed baby, but it's a bit funny your parents had to give him a name to be able to leave. I hope he knows that story.

    @Generally Disgruntled His name sounds good in your ear, but when you say it, you mustn't fear, for his name can be said by anyoooooneeeee.

    @Kingmush I can say I can understand why, even if I wouldn't do it myself.

    @DWei Well that's because you have a badass one.

    @Shaw I still find it interesting when people do :)

    @Marco Walter Hehe just don't use so many of them you forget which is which.

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  36. I go through phases. There was a time when I really hated my name, but on the whole I'm pretty happy with it. It's not really unique but also not common and I couldn't imagine being called anything else. My middle names are pretty embarrassing though. x'D.
    As for changing names... I'd probably more readily understand people changing their last name (to break family connections, because it's simply embarrassing, whatever) than their first name, but then I'd never really heard of people doing that.

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    1. My name is kind of common, okay very common, but it doesn't bother me so much. My last name isn't very common and is commonly misspelled by people. I think there are people who change their last name for that reason. Even if you don't really hear of it happening.

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