What is a Name?
What is a name? It is true that it is a way to easily communicate with the person you wish to, but what exactly is in a name? What is behind the title we all receive the day we are born? Names seem to have some special meaning to everyone on this planet, however many cultures tend to take the meaning of a name to a whole other level. It used to be that in France, “French names given names were traditionally those of saints” (Cambell). Germany actually has few laws, which dictate what names are to be given to children. The Italians are much like the French however; “Among some Italians it is customary to name the first son after the father's father, the first daughter after the father's mother, the second son after the mother's father, and the second daughter after the mother's mother.” All these cultures have some interesting way of naming their children although, the culture that has one of the most interesting way of naming their children, is the Indian or Hindu culture.
The dictionary defines a name as “a word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.” (Wegryn). However, this definition cannot be fully accurate as there are many other people in the world with the name Nicholas, so if we put five people with the same name in one room then said the name out loud, they would all look up to see who called their name. So it seems that a name does not fully exist to distinguish someone, or something. The thing is, the word “name” has become problematic, as “the word “name” has been used by Anglican speakers over the ages to mean different things.” The word has been changed to create so many different meanings that it seems that we need to as ourselves how are we supposed to know what exactly a name is used for and why it seems to be such an intricate part of human nature? Everything on this planet is given a name, but since a name is just a title, what is the real purpose of it?
In the Indian...