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when you accept a name do you accept a label?
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Posted 12/14/10
when you're parents name you do you accept it and does it become a label that you wear for the rest of your life?


and what happens when someone asks you that name if you give it to them are you giving up a bigger part of you?

do you think that that may be why people accept/ create nicknames...so as to have a choice of what and how they give?

do you think this is one extremely weird conspiracy theory

Basically are names given at birth forced if so why, and do you give a piece of you away when you tell somebody that name and if you do is that a good or a bad thing. and do you think we use nicknames as a way to escape this accidental servant hood and become what we feel we truly are or wish to be? And as the name stated is your name a label?
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Posted 12/14/10
I'm not sure where to go with all of your questions, but I can share one personal experience. My MIL was my very favorite woman in ALL the world!!!!! Her name was Delilah, but because of Delilah in the Bible family members would make up nicknames for her. I so wanted a daughter to name after her, but sadly I wasn't strong enough to put up with the family flack (and have my child go through it as well) and chose her middle name instead.

In my mind I would have been naming a daughter after the most virtuous woman I had ever known and not Delilah from the Bible. Sorry if this is not close enough to topic. (((((HUGS))))) sandi
Posted 12/15/10
Each name has a meaning attached, but each person lends to their name through observed actions. So, a name is a kind of label, but if your name should mean "reprehensible", then perhaps you might put forth the effort to give people the impression of the opposite in you.
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Posted 12/22/10
I don't see names as labels, since few people shape their identities around the meaning of their names. For example, Biblical names are fairly common, yet very few people with Biblical names end up being priests or nuns or whatever. For most people a name is just a title that they are referred to as, not a defining feature of their identity. So I wouldn't say they force us into some sort of slavery since few people ever pay much attention to the etymological meanings of their names.

As for nicknames, those tend to be a more complimentary to our identities, although they are usually imposed upon us by others. If anything they are more restricting than our given names because they are more often than not a reflection of how others perceive us than how we perceive ourselves. Of course this is based on the assumption that the nickname isn't related to our given name in some way.
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Posted 12/23/10
Yes, and you should of been named Turd
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Posted 12/24/10
Well a name given to you is forced, but a name is just a label. You can define the parameters of the name in your own individual case. What a name is will always be the same. But what the name means is up to the bearer to decide. A person who attaches a personality type, a case of individuality dictated by the name to said name may create a nickname to create a new persona. I don't think you give a piece of yourself away with the name alone. You have to give the piece of you away, whether or not a name is attached to that piece is for you to decide.
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Posted 1/1/11 , edited 1/1/11
What are you supposed to be addressed as if you don't have a label?
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Posted 1/10/11

Burst_knuckle wrote:

What are you supposed to be addressed as if you don't have a label?


Kind Sir/Madame?
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Posted 1/12/11
Sometimes parents unwittingly and sometimes knowingly gave names to their child that may not exactly be the type of name that you want to carry around in a dinner conversation ...... or life. Remember little Adolf Hitler. Or Sunshine or Angel.

Back to the question, When you accept a name, do you accept a label? No.

Names can be changed or a moniker or celebrity name adopted but rather than worry about name, one should worry more about stereotypes based on ones or someones name or stereotyping for that matter.
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Posted 1/14/11
Well you can always change it if you do not like it. But I been called an angel to something from hell, and numerous other things as well. Why worry about it. Now if you only understood how Hitler got into power, liberals have to put names and group people. It sad thing when people take control for the good of all and millions die.
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Posted 1/15/11
Has anyone watch the anime Shakugan no Shana. There was one part which was interesting during the beginning of the series when the heroine, a flame-wielder katana bearer meet the protagonist . It was interesting to see that their interaction were and that both of them regarded each other as just labels of one another, one being JUST a 'Flame Hazel' and another merely being JUST a 'torch'. And how it all change when the heroine received her name.

I guess names can be more than just labels or stereotypes but something much more warmer.
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Posted 3/18/12
No...but at least consider trying to live up with expectations?..especially when named Anghel (Angel)
-i have a classmate back in elementary named Anghel--oh boy, he's a bully!
other boys would flock around him and bully other kids! gaaaah! i was crying and asking innocent bystanders: "what were his parents thinking naming him Anghel?!"

-i didn't ask him to be as kind as an angel as his name suggests (since they are actually warriors and not those cuddly/beautiful creatures) but you know, at least not act like a...
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Posted 3/19/12
Most of the people in my school don't even remember my real name. They call me Marionetta, so I tend to just introduce myself as Marionetta. Or Netta, for short.
I'm okay with it, because I like the nickname. And it's really badass.
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Posted 3/20/12 , edited 3/20/12
I don't quite understand the question but there was an interesting study done of how people tend to choose their professions that have similar sounding names to their name like Dennis choose to be a dentist or a Louis living in St. Louis etc. How our implicit beliefs determine our choices etc.

http://www.autodogs.info/pdf/implicit/3.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8967602/A-persons-surname-can-influence-their-career-experts-claim.html
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Posted 3/22/12
Make what you will of this:

In the part of the world I live in, when children are born they are given several names. The first few are the conventional first, middle, family etc names most of which are then usually reduced to the initials and I doubt anyone besides the parents and the person him/herself know what they stand for. This is given for formal reasons as would be required for school, work etc.

The very last name is usually the nick name, also given by the parents at the time of birth, for informal use. Usually it's this name that people look at to determine whether the person is male or female and other such qualities because although a nick name, it is included in all formal documents. These names also tend to be meaningless words.



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