Q : What’s there in a name?
Me : There is a lot more in a name.
Since the birth of my colleague’s son,my past time has been searching a name for the kid.As per the astrologer,the name should not start with the first letter of the parents’ name,the name should start only with the letters s,t and d,the name should have the alphabet “v”.To add the flavor,my colleague wants his son to have a unique name.A very challenging task.
My mother once told me that she had browsed the book “Shabdhatharavali” before my birth to find a name for me.I don’t like my name,albeit I appreciate their efforts for searching various books,because it is not a very common name.Twenty years back,my name was such a matter of shame for me.I was embarrassed to tell out my name during my school days as I was the only one with the name Bhavia”.I wished my name were a common one such as “Vidya”,”Divya”,”Soumya” etc.Teachers gave me weird looks when they called out my name for attendance.Boys teased me calling Bow Bow Bhavia.Some people clarified with my parents whether my name is Bhavana.Some others complained my parents for keeping a not-so-common name.To increase the misery,in none of my schools I found another girl named “Bhavia”.But today,I am very happy with my name.Do you know why?
1)I’m the only one with the name “Bhavia Velayudhan”.
2)People always remember my name well.
3)People tend to have an illusion that I’m polite(Bhavia means “polite”)
4)My name cannot me tweaked or contracted to make a pet name.
5)Lately, people ask me whether my name has any connection with Sony Bravia.
6)I have seen some people searching online to find the meaning of my name after somebody introduces me to them.
Having said this,let me share some interesting factors which I have noticed about names of people.
1)Some names are kept for both men and women that just by hearing the name it is difficult to make out the gender.E.g. Surya
2)Some names are the concoction of the parents’ names.E.g.Daughter’s name of Sathish and Rashmi will be Sara.
3)Some kids share their name with their grandparents.
4)Some names are born out of incidents.E.g. Tsunami
5)Some names are the names of their birth place.E.g. Chidambaram
6)Some names are difficult to tell out.E.g Kshithij,Drushtadruman,Khasaq
7)Some kids are named after their parents’ devotion to celebrities.E.g. Sachin,Kapil
8)Some girls have their Dad’s name as their first name and some boys have their Mom’s name as their first name.E.g. Venkatraman Sreedevi and Meenakshi Sundaramoorthy.
9)Some names will not reveal their religion.(I love such names)
10)Some names reveal their religion/caste/sub-caste.E.g. Menon,Nair
11)Some names reveal their place of birth. E.g. Bijukuttan and Jishamol could only be from Kerala,Vetrivel and TamilSelvi could only be from Tamil Nadu etc
12)Some pseudonyms and stage names are more popular than their original names.E.g. Uroob whose original name is P. C. Kuttikrishnan and Rajinikanth whose original name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad.
13)Some people have more than 3 names.E.g. His original name is Arun but he is called Kumar by his friends,Unni by his family members and Akku by his wife.
14)Some names have weird meaning. E.g. Vishadhan means a depressed person.
15)Both Gods and people share names.
Now don’t you agree with me that there is a lot more with a name?
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