<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Name07.png” />Recently, the following story headline went through the German media: “Kevin is not a name, it’s a diagnosis” (Freakonomics, NY Times).
According to one study, elementary school teachers are prejudiced against pupils based on their first names. Non-traditional names are associated with bad behavior. Previous studies demonstrated that bearers of trendy names are generally from an underclass background. This may indeed account for their bad behavior, but seen in context it also has dramatic consequences. Not only do these kids live a less privileged life, but they must also disprove prejudice and convince teachers of their abilities with much better performances than the next kid that carries a traditional name. Cruel childhood.
Maybe Shakespeare set the stage for it when he wondered, “What’s in a name?” It looks like names do have an impact on their bearers or on how people receive them.
So, I started to wonder what does my name say about me? There are a number of sites out there that offer to calculate and predict your character, attractiveness, and luck. Please take this with a grain of salt, though. It’s just fun!
At Astrobix.com, your name and birthdate are needed to calculate your expression or compound number. How these secret calculations reveal details about your character is a miracle. Would you like to know whether your name is lucky? Have this tool calculate whether your birth and compound numbers are compatible and explain to you what exactly that means.
Blogthings.com has a much simpler tool to analyze your name. You really just need to know your name.
If my name was Tina, which is only part of the truth, I would be dynamic but aggressive, artistic but extreme, unconventional but unstable, and finally ambitious but stubborn.
Fortunately, this analysis is not the whole story.
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On Anvari.org someone posted an alphabetical chart that allows to compile the analysis based on the letters in your name. So for example our lovely editor can be characterized like this:
M – Success comes easily to you.
A – You can be very quiet when you have something on your mind.
R – You are a social butterfly.
K – You like to try new things.
I rather let him be the judge.
Paul Sadowski provides another numerology tool, which returns the most thorough report in this list.
The analysis includes a summary of what your name means in different languages or cultures, your expression or destiny number, your soul urge number, your inner dream number, and detailed information regarding what this means.
The note below the name field is most interesting:
Most authorities agree that the full birth name as recorded on your birth certificate is the name that must be used for all calculations involving name. Nicknames, changed names including marriage name changes do not dilute the importance of the name given to you by your parents.
Who or what exactly is an authority in name numerology?
This page finally is a little more serious. It’s actually based on historical records that reveal the origin and eventually meaning of your first name.
For example Felicitas is the female version of Felix, the origin of the name is Spanish, and it essentially means “happy”.
Now that was a very common example, but did you know Ryan was Irish and means “little king”?
At last, here is a humorous approach, brought to you by The Weekly.
According to this page, the literal meaning of Daniel, a foreigner who loves adverbs and whose nickname is characterized by desperate self-invention, is “born covered with fur”. The summary concludes with Daniel’s motto: “Does this look like a rash to you, or is it just where I’ve been scratching?”
This Daniel is of course a fictional character. No offense please!
In a more serious article the Scotsman.com News reported what people see in names. Apparently, names like Elizabeth or William express success, while a Jack or an Emma are percieved as happy individuals, and Sarah or Chris are thought to be most attractive.
Want to find out how popular your name is? Try the name stats page.
Now what do you think of your name and all this numerology business? What does your name mean? Tell us in the comments.