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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 as follows:
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
- Girl and Boy Name Meanings
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 Dictionary.
Dictionary - Girl and Boy Name Meanings