What’s In a Name?

As a child I wondered at why we name persons and things. How come things were named as such and people were named as such. As I grew up, I have come to understand the importance of a person’s name.

My dad named me Marinela at birth, he said that he saw the name in a lifestyle magazine. He did chose well, my name is not common and always misspelled. My maternal grandmother fondly called me Maranela and a handful call me Marianila.

Every time I introduce myself, I say that my friends call me Lala and my enemies call me Marinela. Another childhood name I go by is Ela, and the people who know me since I was a baby call me that. I can tell exactly who calls me by what name. My friends since highschool call me Lala. Some of my dad’s cousin sometimes call me Facunda, because they say I have big resemblance to their great-grandmother. Too bad, they don’t have a photo to prove, but she must be pretty, too!

Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

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My friend Myra, her grandmother used to call her Mehra. So, one childhood friend also calls her Mehra. Another friend is named Rachel. We pronounce her name Ra-chel, but some people prounounce it as Ray-chel. Another friend, we always called her Cecil, only to find out later on that her registered name is Raquel! What the heck!

But, what is in a name? Our personal name, it is the sweetest sound we hear. It is the first sound we actually respond to. Name gives us individuality and uniqueness. It gives us a sense of ownership of personality. People are named to honor or to immortalize somebody. Some are names are inane, some are symbolic while others are historic.

A personal name gives a person their own value. When calling or referring to a person by their given names, it gives that person respect and identity.

by Marinela L. Ibabao

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