Popularity: a seven-year-old's perceptions
My daughter came home from first grade with a (finished) assignment that's right up my alley: "My name is ___. I like my name because ___."
With her help, I deciphered what she wrote as: "My name is Julianna. I like my name because [it's] long and lots of people have the same name. It has eight letters."
She has never actually met anyone with exactly the same name. She had a classmate Julia and a schoolmate Juliana (one 'n') in pre-K. Juliana is still a schoolmate but not a classmate, but there's a boy named Julian in her class this year. As the regulars around here know, she is descended from three generations of Julias, plus two Juliannas in the generation before that.
(I don't count Juliana as having the same name as my daughter because her family uses and enforces the /Julie-on-a/ pronunciation, whereas we use and prefer /Julie-an-a/, although I don't try to enforce it.)
All that to say: I really don't know where she got the idea that lots of people share her name. However, she seems to be quite happy with her (mis-?)perception, so I'm not going to quibble.
So, from this seven-year-old's perspective, a few facts about names:
- Long names are good; 8 letters is long
- It's good to have a name that lots of people have
- If they start the same way, they're basically the same name
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:58pm