I used to dislike my name a lot when I was younger. I wished I had something more original or unique, but now I identify with my name and it isn't so bad. I think we kind of grow into ourselves as we age, and attaching to our name is a part of that.
If I would have had a girl the name I chose to give her was "Aiyana"(pronounced "eye ana") which means forever blossoming. I think it's a beautiful name and meaning. It's unique enough that no everyone would have that name, but not so unique that it would be ridiculed or anything.
I love unique names - but I also know that the uniqueness to value is more about the person than the name itself After all, there was one place I worked where there were 7 different women named "Chris" in one form or another - it got very confusing lol.
Actually, my very first hub, written a year ago, is on this very topic. In it, I talked about the power of giving ourselves a name, or receiving a spiritual name and using it. I have received four spiritual names, and my favorite is Heart of the Heart, Tam Tam in Vietnamese.
My wife and I considered changing to the new last name Wordsmith when we got married 28 years ago, but we didn't. When I wrote the article, I reaffirmed that I am a Wordsmith, and I've written over a hundred articles here on HubPages since.
And - you'll like this, Lyera Sophie - my wife has chosen Sophie as a pen name. It's Greek for Wisdom, and it reflects her religious and spiritual scholarship that brings together people of many cultures in greater understanding.
Thanks for that info about Sophie, cool. Anybody in your fam is Vietnamese? Tam Tam is awesome. I have a Vietnamese friend, she has three letters in her name, the first and last names. I'll visit your hub later!
Sophie - from the Greek 'Sophia' meaning wisdom. In the ancient world, the principle behind choosing or giving a name was that this name had meaning. In some cases this denoted a physical characteristic, in others something to do with personality. Aspects of family or place of birth were sometimes added, or some other specific, so Lyera Sophie could mean 'Wisdom from the star in the northern constellation.' Now, when names are given with less consideration to these meanings, some argue that the individual takes on the characteristic denoted by their name, or maybe there is some higher spiritual influence at work when the name is chosen. The original meaning of Alexander and its variations, is 'Defender of Men.' The Russian form is Sasha. So how does that fit?
A rose by any name is still a rose. I don't like my name but I don't want to change it either because that is the name my father chose for me. But I use "Walter" in the internet because Chinese names are usually hard for many non-Chinese to remember. People find it hard to remember you, you get less traffic, that's it! LOL. In real life, everyone calls me "Poon", my family name.
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