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Well, hello out there!
It’s nice to meet you. My name is…
Well, actually that’s the basis of my whole blog – what a name means to you and me. I am truly obsessed with names, call me an Onomaphile if you will – I love it! So, if I told you my name now I wonder what kind of image might spring to mind. Let’s hold off on my name until we get acquainted.
I am a 29 year old woman, with every bone in my body clucky to the max. Since I can remember, I have always always wanted babies and have deliberated on my baby name list at every chance. I remember asking my mum once, ‘Mum, when can I have a baby?’ to which she replied (bless her heart), “when you’re 16″. Hahaha my beautiful mum, who has been gone for just over 18 years, would have meant 16 in the biological sense, but to the 6 year old me that meant permission to conceive in 10 years. Fortunately, I came to my senses and am so responsible (to my dismay) that I’ve held off from having children, with my husband, until I complete my university degree in Psychology (but don’t hold my studies against me – consider me a Carl Rogers wannabe, but I digress…).
So back to names. There are countless blogs throughout the internet that discuss baby names, what they mean, where they originate from, what sibling names go well with them and what kind of names are similar. There are fantastic blogs offering advice to expectant parents on how to name their children to honour other family members (without using unfashionable names such as Beryl or Neville, to put it nicely) and make sure the name doesn’t rhyme with the last name or sound ridiculous (like another great Psychologist who had the unfortunate name of Erik Erikson – seriously, what were his parents thinking?!).
I am a regular guest on most of these blogs and, I must confess, I am also a massive fan of checking the name numerology of the names I love – to make sure that the name I choose will provide the most ideal personality for my future children. More on that subject to come…
So names. In this blog, let’s talk about every name imaginable. Nothing is barred (although, let’s not do the Hitler thing like this couple). I am going to work through the A to Z of names, discussing the imagery of each and including my personal opinion of what names it goes well with, what kind of occupation it may be compatible with, great nicknames for it, what colour is conjured and maybe even what kind of material springs to mind (this is a phenomenon is referred to in Psychology as Synaesthesia). We might even try to get to the numerology of names (although that is slightly tricky as you need the full legal name to correctly identify a person’s name numerology), and even talk about a celebrity baby name or two, if the mood strikes.
Please feel free to comment on any name with your opinion of what the name means to you – I would love to hear how one name can mean so many different things to different people. For example, the name Alexia might make someone think of a beautiful, petite woman whereas I instantly think of the cabbage patch doll my sister had when we were kids!
Also, I would love it if you wanted to ask questions – I am no expert but after years and years and years of studying names DAILY (and writing and rewriting my name list endlessly), I have a large lexicon of names and I have spoken to countless people about their favourite names over the years. More on that too…
But for now, let’s get started!