Should your name affect you later on in life?


From the day you’re born, your name is, and forever will be your true personal identify. It gives you that sense of independence, diversity and defines you as a human being along with all the good and bad trait through social interaction. So whether it’s a modern name like: John or have been branded as having the stereotypical name Shaniqua’. In this day and age, should we still be judging a book by it’s cover?

Sources have shown that many researchers have tried to gauge the effect on an individual of having an unusual name. It is thought that our identity is partly shaped by the way we are treated by other people. Quoted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychologist at Guilford College in the US. He believes that people given ‘odd’ names are more likely to suffer as they get older. He also stated that: “early studies found that men with uncommon first names were more likely to drop out of school and be lonely later in life”.

I find it hard to believe these statistics. Firstly, I believe people should call their baby whatever name that fits comfortably with them, rather than going against the background study of names that experts claim to say is more suitable for society. Names do define you, but so does your personality behind your name. This ethical study that’s been carried out for any generations fail to realize that people are entitled to be prejudice and that discriminating a person, predominately based on their name, only makes them morally subjective individuals. For someone with my name (it’s Khadiee in case you didn’t know) derives from the Arabic culture. And so I have experienced errors with my name either: being misspelt or the odd inaccurate pronunciation. This never made me question whether my name lacked significance. I personally think that every existing name out there has some area of uniqueness and beauty behind every syllable and that’s something science doesn’t have to prove.

One couple made the headlines. Dalton Conley and his wife, Natalie Jeremijenko, were halfway through this pleasant but painstaking process when their baby girl was born, two months premature. They literally couldn’t think of a name for their daughter beginning with ‘E’, so that’s exactly what they called her the letter ‘E’. I find that strangely brilliant. The parents said: She could decide what her name stands for’. 16 years on, we find out how well she’s coping with having the name ‘E’. She said: “I think once you’re given a name, you get used to it – it’s part of you,”

If you have a unique name, I’d love to hear it. And if so, have you ever questioned your name?



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