What’s in a name?

I’ve always wondered whether the names we’re given have anything to do with developing our adult personalities. Do the names our parents choose for us help shape the person we become? Do the names we choose for our children help them become a certain type of person we hope they will become?

Do you know how you got your name? Many of us have inherited family names. Some of us have names that came from something our parents loved, someone they loved, or something they themselves experienced and wanted to remember forever. Sometimes our names are our parents’ original creations.

If you have children, how did you come up with their names? What were you hoping for their futures when you named them?

Write for 7 minutes about your experiences surrounding being named and naming things (even if you want to just write about your pets’ names). Enjoy!

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