Names You Earn
For a long time, I've felt that one of the great problems with names as they are presently given in society is that they're given at birth and unchanging. What if Rebecca no longer feels like a Rebecca? If I were king, I'd have a naming ceremony (say, at high school graduation) that allows a person (or those around him/her) to choose a name, now that he or she has a better idea of him/herself.
I once dated a woman who took on a nickname that was completely different from her real name, and uses that name socially and professionally. Also, people can get their names legally changed. Then, however, are the names that are bestowed on people by those around them, out of respect of what they have done; in essence, they have earned their name.
In the case of earned names, I'm thinking of names like Coach, Sarge, or Doc. These aren't given names, normally, but once adopted they are used like names. "You'll have to talk to Coach," you'll say, and everyone knows exactly who you're talking about. But you also can't just say, "Call me Sarge," without someone wondering about your credentials.
Does anyone have any example of earned or newly bestowed names in their experiences? Any thoughts about adopting new names in adulthood?
Fri, 06/15/2012 - 9:33am