Archive for January 5, 2013

As you know my first name is Dorothy, which I have found isn’t a particularly common name, as over the years I think I’ve only ever come across two other people with that name – one was someone who went to my Sunday school and the other is a friend of my mum’s.

Today I’m just curious how many people you know with the following first names:

  • Dorothy
  • Rosalind
  • Niamh
  • Bruce
  • Declan
  • Marjory
  • Abigail
  • Malcolm
  • Kenneth
  • Victoria

Why am I asking you this? Well, as we think of specific people whether they are the only person you know with that name or whether you know a number of people by that name, I’m sure that depending on what is being said at the time and who you’re talking to, you can normally easily determine which person the conversation is about even if you know a number of folk by that name.

Yes, we all have a name by which we are known, but people identify us by our characteristics just as much as they do by our name sometimes – that’s why based on what’s said a about a person we can often determine who the conversation I’d about without being told the person’s identity.

We may have a name which doesn’t make us unique, but our characteristics and personality do make us unique. A name in itself may give us one indication of the person concerned, E.g. Their nationality, but it’s their personality and characteristics that will uniquely identify each of us.