What’s in name? He said before going…and since then it has become a very famous line used frequently. But come to think of it. What’s in name, really?
Especially these days when parents have to name their babies they search so much and everywhere all in terms to christen their baby with a unique name. What’s the purpose? The uniqueness of the name or some other factors, like the ones I’ve heard from my friends and family:
- The name should start with the letter A so that it will not take a lot of time for the child to appear in the viva voce in college!
- The name has to be short, sweet and simple to spell and pronounce.
- The name should start with the letter that the horoscope prescribes-it matters in shaping the child’s future.
- The name should not be common-in fact something which no one has heard of yet.
- No thinking or searching required-ditto Madhuri Dixit’s son’s name or Sridevi’s daughter’s name.
And the list can go on and on. Every couple has different priority and factors to depend on while naming their children.
Coming to think of so many constraints while naming the child-what used to happen in old times? I guess earlier, since not very rich resources were available or they were not accessible easily hence may be the very commonest names made way to the households or may be those were the times when people took Shakespeare pretty seriously..hah..who knows 😉
Whatever, the whole point is parents [family] decide what’s going to be their child’s name. Usually, the name is given to the baby shortly after his/her birth and since that time the identification is defined.
Ever wondered what if the child on growing up doesn’t like the name that has been given to him/her? Yes, exactly like what happened in the movie/book ‘The Namesake’.
Have you for instance ever thought that what if your name was something else? Would you want to change your name to something else?
If you ask me I would not want to change my name to anything but honestly when I was in junior school I wanted my name to be Gayatri,Alankrita, Namita,Namrata,Nikita or even Natasha. So what did I do when I wanted my name to be either of the above? I named my dolls by these and was satisfied 🙂
But honestly, I loved my name because even today the fact remains that I’ vent met someone with the same name in all these 30 years. I’m not saying that my name isn’t common but I don’t have any acquaintance by this name till date-never had any in school, not in college and not even at work places. Nowhere and that makes me happy. Also, I like the tone of it… So, yes I won’t change my name but I still heart the names listed above 🙂