Names are stories, and in those stories are a person’s identity and culture. -Icess Fernandez Rojas
I love that! It’s so true, too, at least for my stories, anyway. Think of it: a whole story, a saga, if you will, all summed up in a single word. Now that’s mind-boggling.
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- Have a ‘tough’ name that Starbucks can’t handle? Welcome to my world | Icess Fernandez Rojas (theguardian.com)
- Spoken Word Poetry: My name, my identity (theafricanstreetwriter.com)
- From a name to individuals to legacies (seesano.com)
2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”
I’m gushing! Thank you! So glad you liked it!
You’re most welcome! I just love the depth of the statement. When I name a character (in my fantasy books), I often have a personality trait or some other attribute in mind that ties into their name, and this so perfectly illustrates all the behind-the-scenes stuff that I don’t always consciously think about.
And why would it be any different for a flesh-and-blood person? Surely most of our parents had something in mind other than, “Oh, that sounds lovely, don’t you think?” when they chose our names. I don’t particularly like my name and in high school I thought about changing it, but I never did because, for better or worse, I’m Kay, not Catherine or Fiona or Bianca or any of the other names I tried on in my adolescence (thank you, Sra. Lennard for letting me choose a different Spanish name every year). My life is tied to that name and no other.