Possum (voz) wrote,

Writer's Block: A rose by any other name

Do you like your birth name? If you had the opportunity to change it, would you? What new name would you choose?

I can't think of many names more fitting for me than the one my mom chose. "Emily" sounds sweet, kind, adorable, intelligent, not too young or too old. I feel I "look like" an Emily, too...pretty, but not in a conventional way. It also implies a kind of shyness, or a more introverted/downplayed personality. These things apply to me more in some ways, and less in others. If I were to change my name, I'd probably pick something a bit less common, but not something too over the top as to come off as ridiculous and/or have an effect on my personal success (i.e, how seriously would you take an accountant named "Stardust" upon first impression?). I like girls' names that are taken from flowers (Rose, Daisy, Violet, Poppy, Lilly).

When I worked for ARAMARK at the college peoples' names would sometimes come up on the register whenever they used a credit card. Some of the memorable ones were "Carlin McFarlin", "Jaz Sheen", "Fedod Bijou". Some names were just ethnic-sounding and probably pretty common wherever said bearer of the name was from, other names screamed "MY PARENTS WERE HIPPIES" or "I wanted to name my kid something unique but didn't know how to do it without it sounding stupid/I didn't consider how this name choice would affect my kid at all".
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