- Libbey Koppinger
- Toledo, OH
- United States
Typically YOU did not choose your name. How does one's name affect their lives? Do you/have you ever wished for a different name? What? Why?
I'm interested in the labels we use to describe each other and ourselves. The most intimate of which is our own name. Since traditionally most people are given a name at birth, well before they establish personality, interests, ability, etc., what effect does one's given name have on their lives, if any? Do you think it's possible to inherit traits, good & "bad" based on your name? What I'm looking for is: Your first name growing up, or the name by which you were called AND answered to. [last names present rich diversity - but I'm not equipped yet to go there!] Did you love your name? Hate it? Never think about it? Does it, in your opinion suit you? Do you hold true to the poetic musing: "What's in a name? That which we call a Rose would smell as sweet..." In others words, do we define our names, or do they, by some measure [great or small] define US? Would you change it if you felt able to? To what name would you change your given to? What do you perceive the impact of such a change would be? Please answer some of these questions, or all - with my sincere thanks!