What's in a Name?
So the stork has announced his intention to visit! By the time this post goes public, the stork would already have arrived. Only upon the visit, would I finally know if it’s a king or a queen, till then I just have to keep guessing from the black and white screens of ultrasound images. Do I have a preference? Maybe I do :-) but I am not telling you!
The job of naming His or Her Majesty has already begun though. After diligent efforts, I figured it’s not an easy task. Here are the complexities which parents would typically contemplate while doing the ‘Naamkaran’
“I want a unique name, but should be meaningful”
“The spelling should not be complicated. Want to avoid confusion”
“Hey, we are in the 21st century, the world is a small place now. I want my kid to have a globally acceptable name. Should not be similar to a slang in Spanish”
“I want a short name maximum 5 alphabets”
“Damn, our surname sucks! We need to find a name which suits the surname”
“The name should be clearly masculine or feminine. I would hate people to ask me if it’s a he or a she”
“How about inventing a word from the mother and father’s name”
“All my friends have already taken the good ones; don’t want to be seen copying anyone”
“The family astrologer will give his divine benediction in the form of an alphabet for the name”
“My grandmother had already made it clear even before I married that she would name her progeny. Problem is, the in laws don’t like her chosen name”
“I don’t want a Muslim or Christian name. The name should be an identity of ethnicity”
“I DON’T want the name to identify any particular caste, language or ethnicity”
“It’s crazy how names get always modified by friends to a ‘call name’”
“This is such a lovely name, if only that sick celebrity had a different name”
“Hell with this naming business, let’s just ask the babe to pick his or her own name by lottery!
And the list will keep growing…
In my experience till date, which surely will get more intense in the months to come, I have a few general observations to make.
1. There are tons of great names for girls out there, but there is a dearth of great boy names.
2. There is limited flexibility in naming innovation if one were to sample names from South India. Predominantly, names are cognates of the Hindu pantheon of gods/goddess
3. It’s important to think of a name’s suitability in the times it would really be tested, that is several years later.
Some Boy Names I Longlisted
Some Girl Names I Longlisted