OpinionYour name might have had a more significant role in your character than you think
      – BorgClown, 2009-12-14 at 04:17:27   (4 comments)

On 2009-12-14 at 04:23:54, BorgClown wrote...
Let's suppose you and your brother are named Peter and Victor. What if your parents knew that Petros (rock) is meant to be strong, while Victor is meant to win most of the time? Subconsciously they might have influenced your personality, and you know how children are very eager to please their parents, very little childs are mindless want-to-make-mom-and-pop-happy machines. OTOH, I didn't know the origin of my name until I was 15, and I doubt my parents cared, I was just given my father's name.
On 2009-12-14 at 09:32:35, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The original meaning of your name will have a very small influence unless your parents actually know what it is and are trying to impart particular qualities to you. OTOH, your name has a huge influence for more obvious reasons. Your surname is important when the school register is called in order, and it's been shown that your position in the list affects your academic performance. For your forename, I think the number of letters alone has some importance because it affects how quickly you can write it and how easily it fits in a small space. There's also the principle of nominative determinism, where people gravitate towards careers that match their name. My friend Alice received numerous books by Lewis Carroll and ended up calling her first album Finding Wonderland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinism Another issue is how common your whole name - searching on the Internet for some names isn't practical because they're not distinctive.
On 2009-12-14 at 21:13:49, BorgClown wrote...
I think most modern parents know the meaning of the names they impart. My parents would have relied on a book, or a magazine that coincidentally explained names (there wasn't baby magazines then). I'm gonna ask them if they knew the origin of the names they gave me and my sisters, and why they chose them.
On 2009-12-14 at 22:03:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I know some parents check baby books or web sites, but they must be in the minority. Realistically you'd just think of a bunch of names you like and pick one that sounds good to the ear. I very much doubt most people care about the original meanings, since they're heavily divorced from the letters that make up the name and how people perceive them. When I hear someone's name for the first time I often relate it to people I already know with the same name. They're either like a person I already know with that name, or unlike them but often I'll associate the name with the personality. Even if you learn the original meaning of your own name, you're liable to forget it quite quickly.