I asked a preschooler, “What will you name your new baby brother or sister?” He said, “You have to think a long, long time about a name because a name is something you have for a long, long time.”
A new baby has come into the world this week named Prince George Alexander Louis. A lot of thought goes into the name of a prince. Tradition is important to royalty. There is a lot of history with kings named George. Some people are wondering if it is only coincidence that Princess Diana had nephews named George, Alexander and Louis. We may never know the real reason behind that baby’s name, but he will be a part of history for a long, long time.
Most of us have names that our parents gave us at birth. Some of us love our names. Some of us wish we had different names. Some of our names are easy to spell and some of us have to spell out loud each time someone asks our names. Each year there are lists that tell us what names are popular and what the names mean. In the United States, parents can look at these lists or go out on their own. Gwyneth Paltrow has a daughter named Apple. Sylvester Stalone’s daughter is named Sage Moonblood. Frank Zappa’s daughter, Moon Unit is a sister to Dweezil, Diva Muffin and Ahmet Emuukha Rodan.
A name is a gift from our parents that we use every day of our life. We all want to hope our parents thought through the best options for us. So much of our identity comes from what others call us. Prince George is able to change his name as he becomes a king. He does not need to keep the same name his parents so thoughtfully choose.
Most people never really get around to changing their name. They may tweak “Nicholas” into “Nick” to truthfully say they use a nickname, but nothing is usually done to legally change the name our parents choose for us. A person who does not really know our personality looks at us as a baby and gives us something that we will use forever. That is quite a responsibility.
Anyone that is remembered has to have a name. There is nothing wrong with taking a long, long time to decide a name. As history proves, there will be records of our actions for a long, long time. Our job is to make our names represent something positive instead of the alternative. Just maybe a good name has more to do with how we are remembered than how it rolls off our tongue. Just maybe a good name is more about how people use it rather than how we spell it. Just maybe a good name has the ability to shine forever-which is a long, long time.
- If you could have any name, what would it be?
- Think about a time you may have judged a person by their name.
- If your name was an attribute like compassionate or loving or nonjudgmental, what would you want to be known for?
- Will you take time this week to introduce yourself to someone using your name and learn their name? After meeting them, what attribute name would you give them? And more importantly, what attribute name will they be thinking of you?
“The name we give to something shapes our attitude to it.” Katherine Patterson
“One of the greatest disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time. “ G.K. Chesterton