"...That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
--Juliet via William Shakespeare
My supervisor at work today posed me with an interesting couplet of questions. She asked me if I could have chosen my name at birth, what would it have been? And then: Would you name your own child that name?
It made me think a bit, as my mother had originally intended the name 'Nicollette Rose' for me while I was still a bun in the oven. Instead, that sunny day in April, she named me one of the most popular 'A' names mothers bestowed upon their newborn baby girls in 1984.
When I asked her why she didn't name me what she first thought of her response was that she 'forgot'.
Putting aside my dismay that my own mother forgot what she had wanted to actually name me [and that I could have avoided years of confusion when answering to my name when somebody was actually calling somebody else ], I wondered if my name actually suits me or if I'd have preferred something different.
I replied to my supervisor that I would have chosen the name 'Esmé' [and no, for those familiar with Twilight, I did not get the idea from the novel It's a name I've liked before even knowing about the series' existence].
I also said I would definitely give that name to my child. I do rather like it.
So...riddle me this, fellow forum surfers:
- If you could have chosen your own name at birth what would it be? [and if you wouldn't change it from what it is now, how come?]
- Would you name your child the name you would have chosen for yourself?
- Do you believe that a person grows into their name or that the name they are given is 'destined' to be theirs? [i.e.- If someone is a 'Sarah', would she look as though she ought to be a 'Sarah', or as though she should have been a 'Bonnie'?]