The Importance of Names and its effects in our Personalities


At first, I dislike my name. I hated it. It is always mispelled. I didn't like the sound. I have something in mind that will truly suit my personality. My parents, especially my mother, told me to accept the fact the parents used to name their children, not the children naming themselves.

Then, to make that name authenticated, they will register it at the town's registry. From that point, I became a part of our place's history.

I started getting and receiving hurtful jokes because of my names. And it came from my elder sisters and brother. I can't help by cry when I heard them misspelling my name. They usually started chanting my name in backward order.

I was young, then, and my understanding was still narrow and stiff. I just knew that when it is red, it is usually sweet. The same with yellow. So, that when I saw a bunch of ripe, red jalapeno pepper at the backyard, I immediately ran to it then greedily ate those pepper. I cried alone because they all went to the ricefield playing.

That 'hot' experience taught me a thing or two. Never believe with what you perceive about things around you. The same with your name. Athough, it may sound ugly to you, maybe to other people, it's music to their ears.

Maybe, in this country it's an ugly name but in other country, it's the most beautiful name!

Some even changed their names and settled for beautiful nicknames. I didn't want to do it.

I'll tell you why.

Most of the names that our family possess came from published booklet of names that was handed down by Spaniards. Most Filipino names are similar to many Latin countries that were colonized during the Spanish regime.

When Americans came, those names were Americanized. When Japanese army invaded the islands, many Japanese names were given to newborn babies. Even Chinese names are apparent to many Filipinos these days.

I'm checking the meaning of my name:

Arian was derived from ancient people of Russia while Rey means king in Spanish.

Some of my friends carry their native islander's names, like Makisig or Malakas for strong or Maganda for beautiful or Bulilit for small.

Those who are so nationalistic or patriotic name their children, like Bayani or hero or even ./.

Most of Filipino nowadays are Americanized, like James Paul, Christine Mae, and so on and so forth.

My sister's two sons bear Biblical names such as, Enoch and Ezekiel.

My other sister hates her name and she don't want to be associated with a mythical name Ambrosia which means food for the gods.

I have great respect for early civilization, especially for the Indian people. They derived their names according to their personal traits or characteristics or even occupation, like Mighty Arrow, Hunting Deer, and the famous girl's name, Pocahontas.

Greek people celebrate their Name Day, more than their birthdays. When I asked my co-workers why is it so; they say that Orthodox Christian belief focuses more on the celebration of name. The names of men and women in a certain family clan will be handed from generation to generation. For example, a man bears the name of his grandfather, likewise with the women.

I wonder why some fathers like to name their sons like them. Some juniors bearing their father's names often whined because of being the namesake of their old men. Some mothers also did kind of name-scheme.


The Most Powerful of Names

For us, Christians, the name of God the Father is the most power of all. Yaweh (YWH) or Jehovah is the visible name of Abba or Father written in the Holy Scriptures. As part of the Ten Commandments, mankind should not put God's name in vain.

It is still a practice that if someone is telling the truth, he will swear in God's name to justify the authenticity of his/her statement. Others will swear, "Let the lightning strike me if I'm telling a lie!"

Meanwhile in the Muslim world, Allah is the name known to them in praising the Supreme Being.

Hari Krishna is popular among Indian people who embrace Hinduism and Buddha (Gautama Buddha) in Buddhism.

In every language known to man, different names for the Almighty is worship with reverence,

Names garner respect even in the ordinary world, much more with the Creator himself.

The Importance of a name - Jehovah c/o PatadeLobo


Importance of Names-also reflect the identity of an individual. Names from the Holy Scriptures have meanings that became the continuing legacy of man as he exists in this world. Loving your name, appreciating your parents who have given you such title and making you happy when one of your friends call you correctly. You don't want others to make your name a mockery. I didn't like it, too. I always feel disgusted when someone misspells my name. Without a name, there'll be no identifying term to every individual we meet.

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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Does my name signifies something, too? I think I'm a Rumanian. (LOL!) But I like the sound, it's like being in the old world. Thanks for sharing. Rated it up!

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Parents are the ones picking our names. Even we like it or not, we always reply whenever they call our names, hahaha!

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Roman Arnesto,it's like an old soul.

Ghost32 5 years ago

Some of us (at least in America) do change our names for various reasons. I didn't like my name when I was growing up, either--it didn't seem manly enough to me. And I really disliked my middle name, which was my father's first name.

But I did not change the names, simply because I knew my parents would never be able to understand. They would feel it was a rejection, not of the names they had given me, but of THEM.

Fortunately, we do get to choose our own names on the Internet--even to the extent of becoming a Ghost!

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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I didn't like my name, too! It sounds like "relic" to me. I like my alias more. I hope I could change it before I go abroad.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Can't help it but reply whenever they call our names, sailor! (LOL!) It's a habit since we recognize that distinctive call to turn your neck at the caller, say your parents or friends. Even enemies.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

@Ghost32: Who doesn't? LOL! We want to be original , even in our names, right? But we can't. We will inherit the surnames of our forefathers, unless, you settle in in court for a year.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Changing your first name will require a certification of an attorney, earthbound. Expect the slow processing on this. Not unless, you are already using it since you went to school starting elementary grades.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Names have different meanings but it's okay for me, as long as I can still hear my family and friends call my name.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

The sweet-sounding word is our own name. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, travel man.

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SEM Pro 5 years ago from North America

They say children live up to their names - the meanings of them played out in authentic essence. My name means "mother of the forest", so I named my daughter: "loving heavenly flower". She does indeed live up to it and I am blessed, much prefering to be in nature than a city myself :) Great hub - voted up!

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Thanks for voting it up, SEM Pro. I admire Indian people or our native tribes here in the Philippines because they name their children according to his or her characteristics. Although, they worship anitos or spirits of the forest, they always respect life, much more on the names given to their offsprings.

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thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

My name is Maria Kristina. Before giving birth to me, my mom almost lost me on a miscarriage. It happened on a Christmas season. She promised herself to name her first born child "CHRISTIAN". However, a baby girl came out so she tried tweaking the name to Kristina (from "Kristo") and added up Maria. Like you, I also pay great respect to other people's names because I am very sure there was so much history in formulating them.

Voted up for this hub. I am sorry but I ended up laughing when I read your anecdote about the siling labuyo... Not all reds are sweet. Hehehehe...

And hey, I find you name intriguingly beautiful. :D

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Arian Rey 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Hey, MK. Thanks for the laughs and this beautifully told story of yours.

It's nice to know that your live up to your name. I'm already a fan!

Aloone Heart 4 years ago


Monika singh 4 years ago

whts my name signifies

Goring 4 years ago

This is indeed a very interesting topic - I have been a laughing stock and center of mockery myself ever since I could remember. The unwanted attention and scrutiny at school, at work and meeting new people. My Mum now says I can change my name, I said I have had this name for over 30 years now and has gone through a lot with it together, MYSELF and MY NAME. I'm not gonna change it now. NO WAY. It's the only name i have. Bearing my grand mother's nickname. Now, it's even a very good topic to start with in meeting new people. I have learned to laugh with them about my name. I choose to not get affected with it. The last time i cried about it was in my 5th grade. The thing is , because of how I choose to react about my name, people tend to take it differently and has gone to even admire it. Although some people prefers to call me differently. They feel offended when they say it. When It's just a common name for old folks in my country. Doesn't mean anything GOREY or UGLY at all, it's just a name for people living in the old times. That's all. Most peoples reaction about it is not always the best one. The funny thing is, my sweethearts before including my husband now, disagrees from the norm . They say its the most beautiful and unique name they have ever known. Fits perfectly for me.

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Arian Rey 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES) Author

Thanks, Aloone Heart. you mean def (excellent) and wgf (we go together)? Well, I'm elated!

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