What's in a name?
We all have one.
Some speak to our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents' values, interests or ideologies.
Our names are something we carry with us from birth. Something our parents gifted to us with great pride and enthusiasm.
And whether we realize it or not, our names are a large part of our identity.
My own personal story of my name has led me to some intriguing conversations with others about their names. Soon I realized that not only do we all have a name, we all have a name story. Our names most times even shapes our character. And perhaps, given the meaning of our name, we may even be driven to fulfilling the prophecy of it.
Nejvi, ( pronounced 'Navy') moved to the U.S. from Albania when she was 9 years old. Certainly her name has been a topic of discussion her whole life. I was surprised however to hear her thoughts on what people project on her because of her name...
Check out her name story here.
"I feel because people tell me, "Oh! You're name is so cool!" that I have some kind of standard to live up to. I don't think that I'm cool. I just do my thing. I love to draw and create and everything else, but I don't want my name to make me have to be someone or something. When I was younger people said, "With that name you have to be famous."
And I'm like no, I just want to be me.
Edited by Lillian Cutts