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Name – An Identity

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Hello, all the awesome Bloggers and readers! This post was on my mind from the past few months, but have drafted now and posted. Hope you all are doing well and staying safe and also got vaccinated.

Name – I want you to just envisage the first thing that crosses your mind when you are reading this word (P.S: Don’t rush forward).

I bet most of the people on this Earth would have fantasized about this quote/dialogue in their minds when they see this word.   

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

Yes, you all predicted it right. This dialogue is from the famous William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet; we all are acquainted with. As you hear the word “Name”, this reference pops up in your mind.

Can you imagine a world with no names? Yes, that’s a hypothetical situation we are referring to. Nobody knows when the origin of names started; maybe before the written and oral history, that surely had names.

According to Wikipedia, “A name is a term used for identification by an external observer. They can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context”. So, if the term is not present, as in the hypothetical case we are referring to; how will the external observer identify the entity?

The problem will not be restricted to people, but every living and non-living entity on this planet. Be it human beings, animals, planets, companies, etc. everything will become complicated. Imagine, you are working in the office and you have to call the assistant to the Manager. You would say “Hey you, the tall guy with the French beard; can you please call the one with a warm skin tone and curly hair”. This is just a small sentence. Or you have to say “Please pass on the apple from the fruit basket” or “Buy the Samsung (or any other brand) refrigerator from Amazon, they are hosting the Christmas sale”.

I bet the most troublesome part would be explaining to a friend to watch a movie/series with no movie/series name, nor you have the character’s name. How would you define Iron man, Captain America, Spiderman, wonder woman etc., without naming them and just going out explaining their powers and then conveying what you want to say? The fun thing is you cannot savor your perfect cup of Starbucks coffee; because guess what, the staff asks for your name first to write on your cup (though they don’t write the correct spelling of names).

Many famous rulers, kings, prominent leaders, freedom fighters, scientists, politicians, etc. with no names would never be an inspiration to all of us. Your favorite books and authors would be hard to list and discuss with no names. The rivers, mountains, states, countries would be hard to differentiate with no names.

 I know this will be a very complex process. That’s why Shakespeare’s quote above, only applies to the play Romeo & Juliet. In real life, Name is the whole world and identity as quoted in the definition. So, what’s in a name? Well, everything is in a name!

Name Quote

A name reveals everything about a person, object, animal, place, or anything. A name reveals the personality or qualities of a person. When you call out a name of a person, you have an associated image of that person in your mind and that strikes through your mind. This is the power of a name. We always relate a name to an attribute in our mind through which we can quickly recognize any person or a thing. 

Whenever we meet a new person, maybe in an interview or at the reception of an office, the one thing that we start our communication with is exchanging our names. Exchanging our names gives us a sort of familiarity and we become comfortable for further communication. 

There are many common and uncommon names of people, place or a thing. Most of the common names are easy to pronounce but the uncommon names are not pronounced properly since they are either long or complicated to interpret. The pronunciation of names varies with geographical location or even within the states of a country. A person in the USA may not pronounce an Asian person’s name and vice versa. This may sometimes lead to name shaming too. Pronouncing a person’s name wrong is the last thing you want to do. If there is nothing in a name, then why we are annoyed when somebody misspells or mispronounces your name? Just because we are very much possessive about our name as it’s our only first identity in the society.

Every person may not love her/his birth name. Everybody has the right to change one’s name legally at any phase of life, there are no limitations.

A woman changes her name and accepts the family name of her male spouse after marriage. The change of name can be her initial name, middle name (taking name of her husband) or last name (last name of husband’s family), or these.

According to an article on bbc.com – “In the US, most women adopt their husband’s family name when they get married – around 70%, according to one of the largest data analyses in recent years. For British women, the figure is almost 90%, according to a 2016 survey, with around 85% of those aged between 18 and 30 saying they still follow the practice.”

But some women, especially renowned women, are conscious of their name and also want to accept their new family name. For example, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai after marriage registered herself as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Similarly, Priyanka Chopra changed her name to Priyanka Chopra Jonas. These celebrities didn’t change their earlier names as the name was their identity, but also accepted their husband’s family surnames.

Similar is the case for a company/business name. A company name is a brand which they are selling. Whenever we hear a company name, the process of its good and bad deeds runs through our mind. The name of a brand is its whole and sole identity. A company is always conscious of its name and logo. The company name has its brand value hidden. A company is always famous by its name.

Many companies also have abbreviations for their names. They designate the abbreviations for complicated and lengthy names of their founders or owners, which are difficult to remember. Many examples are L & T (Larsen & Toubro), BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), HP (Hewlett Packard), Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited), Lego (Leg Godt), JBL (James Bullough Lansing) and so on…… So, may it be abbreviations, a brand name is important to grow your business.

Everybody knows the power of branding and Nestle Maggi is the perfect example. India’s food regulation had banned Maggi in 2015 for the presence of excessive lead and mislabeling of MSG (added flavor). The ban was for six months and the company recalled 38,000 tonnes of Maggi samples from retail stores and dispose of them by incineration in cement mixers across the country. However, the company was back to business in November 2015 and became a leader by re-establishing 60% of the market share in the year 2017. This could be possible only because of the power of branding and the name of Maggi.

 A name maybe your birth name, nickname, domain name, brand name, abbreviation etc., all are concentric circles to a common center, i.e. your identity. A person or anything is distinguished and known by its identity.

Quotes for name

Let me know your views. What do you think of your name? What nicknames you have? Do you have any business name? What are your views on branding?

Thank you for reading till the end of the post!

© Ashish Madan Kale

78 thoughts on “Name – An Identity

  1. This was an extremely interesting and educational read – thank you for sharing! I think that Shakespeare may have been refering to the name for roses itself – not the concept of names. Yes, roses should still have a name, but if we all called all of the roses in the wold ‘floses’ instead, it wouldn’t matter, they’d still smell sweet. His quote says you can call it by a different name and it still smells as sweet which is true. I need a name to fit into society – but my name could be Rachel or Suzie or Ashley and it wouldn’t change who I am inside. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts! I’m subscribed to you now and am excited to see what you will write next!

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and this post. Glad you liked the writeup. Most welcome.
      Yes, Shakespeare’s thoughts are like those only, the thing is people refer to that thought many a times for different purposes. That was the reason I asserted that it was in reference to roses and that scene only. Your thoughts are also appreciated; we should be known more for our qualities and person within and not just by our name. But the qualities are attributed to our name in the society. We do have many names and nicknames like you said Rachel, Suzie or Ashley and we should not only be known by names but our personality as a whole. Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful thoughts on this post. Yes, thanks for connecting; will check your blog too! ♥️😊

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  2. Hey You…. this was a great read with lots of things to ponder Ashish. loved it. don’t love the labels of names that pin people and categorize but better than hey you which my b.f.s father called my daughter.. we have had many laughs tho over it. 🤣❤️

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    1. Hey, that’s great to hear from you. Glad you could relate to the post and the message. Yes, i too don’t like it but couldn’t explain it a different way! Thanks for taking time to read and appreciating 🙂😊❤️

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  3. This was so comprehensive and had so many different perspectives to it.It was an interesting write-up.
    Coming to my name, I was nicknamed Chotu 😛 and I vehemently hated it most of my life but now I realize that most of my childhood memories are related to that name and I love that my parents and grandma used to lovingly refer to me by name. Just to add that the symbolism of a name can change for one over time. Just like the brands can better themselves by contributing to good causes, one of which being ecosystem restoration. On that note, Happy world environment day 🙂

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    1. Ohh wow this comment just made my day. Yes, there were a lot of perspectives attached here 🙂
      I was also called by that name many a times till my boards and i too hated it. Yes, the perspective can change over a period of time. That was a great note on this day. Happy world environment day! Hope development goes hand in hand with nature and not against Nature. Thank you for the lovely comment. 🙂😊😊

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  4. “Our name as it’s our only first identity in the society” very well written line 👏 and very thought provoking post ….
    Sometimes I forget the name of simple things around me, like I don’t forget it just the specific word slip out of my mind…. and its quite 5 irritating minutes where I try to explain what I want with actions of my hand, describing the way the object looks like , but fail 😅😅😅 until my brain is like, “strainer!!??” And I am like yeah …. so I can imagine what the disaster it would be if there are no names in the world

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    1. Thank you very much vani for stopping by and appreciating the post.
      Haha, yes that happens many times with all of us. We tend to forget even the common names and we waste our time explaining what do we want to say. We just can’t imagine a world without these names. Thanks again for the read 🙂😊😊

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  5. This is yet another wonderful angle about the names. This is absolutely incredible.
    Names do reveal everything about a person. Be it personality and qualities

    Yes i do have nicknames ( two of them) i never used to like them. I thought peopl they called me those names to mock me but I was wrong. I love them now and appreciate them. But now everyone addresses me with my own name and that’s actually beautiful because it shows growth

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    1. Thank you for visiting and reading this post. Yes, Names reveal everything yet are underrated and taken for granted.

      Yes, love your name “Sharon”. Appreciating our name is the best thing we can do. Gald that you are loving your name ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Wow! What an interesting post. Never thought of this way. Clearly Name is everything. It’s the name that made the trend of ‘Bond’- ‘james Bond’.
    The concept of name is one of the greatest thing human did as an intelligent species on the planet.

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    1. That’s a pleasure to hear, coming from your side. That’s true about “Bond”.
      Yes, that’s a great concept and indeed has a great value. Though it’s such a significant word, yet it’s origin is not found. 🙂😊😊

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    1. Yes, Maggi is a huge thing in every part of the world. They have made a place in hearts of all the teenagers and even for some of the elderly people. ❤️❤️
      I too am fond of eating Maggi. But excess of everything is harmful. Thank you for the read and your thoughtful comment. 🙂🙂😊😊

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  7. Had an interesting read throughout! I appreciate you for coming with a rare post that I ever read. 👏👏
    To imagine life without names is crazy funny!! 🤣🤣 The first and only identity that so many people have is their name.
    Life would be a mess if only name doesn’t exist. 😄😄 Thank you Ash for this different post and that made it interesting ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. That’s great to hear 🙂😊 Ohh, that’s a great compliment for the post.
      Yes, it’s super funny and unimaginable. Yes, parents think of your names, the moment you are born 🙂
      Yes, it would be a utter mess. Thanks again for taking time to read this post and your kind words! ❤️❤️

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  8. That was interesting read I wonder from where you get this idea. Name is such a common and granted thing that I have never thought about it. But now I am thinking that life would have been so so messed up without it.

    And to answer your questions.. I totally love my name. Its a very ‘unique’ or one of a kind name which makes me easily traceable 😂. Guess thats why I chose to start this blog without my name. But eventually I can’t resist and now almost everyone know my name. So yeah you are right name is important.

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    1. Thank you very much for taking time to read this post. I don’t recall from where I got this idea because it was way back in Jan this year. I guess it was from a news headline that I thought name is an important aspect but taken for granted (as aptly stated by you). Yes, it would be a total mess without names (we can’t even imagine).

      That’s great to know you love your name. There are people who don’t love their uncommon names as they are subject to name shaming. But it’s our identity and character, we should always love our name. Haha, many of the bloggers start without revealing their true names, but yes that’s the power of name (it reveals itself). Thank you for reading and for your kind comment and sharing your thoughts! 🙂😊

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  9. Such a great post!! Many won’t give deep thoughts to into it but it really do matter. Getting nicknames from someone are the most beautiful relationships I’ve ever known. ❤️
    Name sure is powerful when comes to branding. I guess you summarized everything 👍🏻

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    1. Thanks a ton Pavithra for reading and appreciating this post. Yes, they do matter yet are underrated in our daily lives. Yes, nicknames are the sweetest form of love ❤️
      Yes, Branding is an important aspect and name is the first thing in place. Thank you very much 🙂😊

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