uniqueness in names

Topics: Given name, Personal name, Surnames Pages: 9 (2076 words) Published: May 19, 2014
Anmol Singh
English 118-1884
Name essay
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Uniqueness In Names Names are the single most important things in a person’s life. They can dictate your whole life, from the relationships you develop to the opportunities in life that you are offered. A person with a unique/different name may not make friends as easily and may not be as social because of the shame of having a different name. The drama that comes with unique names is a lot to handle for some because of how people butcher the pronunciation of your name or maybe even how others might make fun of it. With a name like Anmol I can tell you how both those reasons held me back as a child and made me hate my name. It was hard introducing myself to others because the sounds my name were not natural and I had to pronounce it in a way that didn’t scare the person off. Being such a social and friendly kid I had to resort to my nickname of Mol which has stuck with me for so long that my full name seems like a distant past. My nickname just sounds better and I feel much more confident when introducing myself. This goes to show that names can boost or decrease your confidence and cloud your identity if you don’t know how to make the name your own but if you do and show others that judging you by your name is not the same as knowing you and your personality then anything is possible for you as an individual. Though my nickname makes me feel more comfortable I am coming to the realization that I am the owner of the name and the name does not own me. In Sandra Cisneros piece titled “My name” a young woman named Esperanza states that she dislikes her name so much so that given a chance she would baptize herself under a different name. She has inherited the name but she feels it is an ugly name that does not fit her personality at all. She feels as if her name was inherited from such a time where it would have fit a girl of her age but in the modern day it does not and does not show her ambition. She displays these emotions when she says “ I have inherited her name, but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window”(12). She is expressing her individuality and will not let the name she is given determine her present or future life. I completely agree with Cisneros in the way that she is standing up for herself as a woman and knows what she wants. Her not wanting to be like her grandmother and wanting to change her name shows early signs of being a strong woman. I also agree with her wanting to change her name because it is a distraction in day to day life. She clearly wants to go somewhere in life and wants to be someone but such distractions Are keeping her a level below those that have a normal name and do not have to worry about pronunciation and fitting in that have the upper hand. I can relate with Cisneros and wanting to change my name for the same reasons even though I go by my nickname and am somewhat coming around to my full name. I think if Esperanza were given some time and had a chance to rewrite her piece(given that she was the one that wrote it) I think she would be much more understanding towards her name and the uniqueness it brings to her life. In trying to find out more on my name I did a good amount of research online due to the fact that my name did not turn up in any books that I looked at and I found that my name means priceless or invaluable and comes from the ancient Indian language called Sanskrit which was used before 1200 b.c. My last name Singh is one of the most if not the most common surnames used for Indian males. It is a common name due to the fact that India used to have a caste system and to denote such a system a lot of people changed their name to Singh. It is also derived from Sanskrit and translates to “lion” in English. According to Mapsofindia.com “Singh was taken on by Sikhs in 1699, when Guru Gobind Singh instructed his followers to use Singh after their names on the...
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