There are several conversations that are almost unavoidable when two individuals meet one another for the first time. The name conversation is one of these.
Now sometimes, both people have pretty normal names. In this case, the name conversation may not happen, or only to a mild degree, unless one person is for some reason unusually interested in etymology or, to be more exact, the origin of name meanings.
But other times, one person has a less common name and the other person notices and makes the same comments that every person makes about the less common name, but regardless, the person with the less common name decides to humor the common-name holder and pretend like that’s the first time anyone has said that. For example . . .
Howard: Hey, my name is Howard.
Virginia: It’s nice to meet you. I’m Virginia.
Howard: Virginia, that’s a pretty name. Isn’t that the name of a state?
(I’m sure she’s never heard that one before.)
Virginia: Yea, it’s the name of a state.
(She says, pretending she’s just learned something new about her name.)
Howard: I didn’t do that well in school. Where is it exactly?
(Why don’t Americans know geography? I’m guilty, too.)
Virginia: East of West Virginia.
Howard: Oh. That makes sense. (With sort of a chuckle.) So there are really two states named after you?
(“Oh, you’re clever,” Virginia thinks.)
Virginia: Well, I’m pretty sure they were named before me.
Start a blog about names. Each day, post about names you’ve heard for the first time recently, your findings on the origins of the name, details, how you think the names describe the people you’ve met, etc. Or blog about your name. Document the things you learn about it. This could even turn into an ancestry project. Maybe you even hope to live up to your name? Blog about that and your efforts.
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