Access to Names Dictionary
- Girl and Boy Name Meanings
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What's in a name - the
famous question posed by William Shakespeare
This is probably the most famous question ever asked
about a name. The quote comes from Romeo and Juliet the
play by William Shakespeare. The Shakespearean words are
"What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other name
Would smell as sweet"
It would be lovely if this were
true, but of course it isn't. Juliet knows this even as
she is saying it, she is fully aware of the automatic
conflict between anyone called Montague or Capulet. The
point that is being made is that names are incredibly
important and people will always be judged by them.
Shakespeare was also aware of this fact and the plots of
his plays constantly feature plots involving mistaken
identities and prejudice.
The name Romeo itself has now become a term which is
used to generally describe a young man with romance on
his mind - similar to the meaning of Casanova which is
famous because of the great Italian lover! What would
your first impression be if you met a man called
Casanova? Of course in Shakespeare's time there was no
such thing as a names dictionary!
Name Origins - Girl and Boy Name Meanings
Going back in time, before the 12th century, takes us to
an era where people were usually only referred to by
their first-name. The Romans, and their society, were
the exceptions having several of the them. The vast
majority of people did not travel a great deal and lived
in small communities where their first-name
distinguished them from each other. Names were not
duplicated within a village so there was no confusion.
Each new baby was blessed with something original and
unique in that society. Increases in population, travel
and different cultures influenced this custom and
Surnames, were slowly
introduced. Thus the eventual need for a special kind of