What’s in a name? Common & Uncommon names explored

Teresa Collins, Liz Strecker, Journalism I students

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It is quite often that a person might think someone is trying to talk to them, but they are talking to a different person instead. This has happened many times to freshman Elizabeth Huser, with 10 other Elizabeths at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, and to senior Matthew Leyba, with nine other Matthews at KMC.

“One time the teacher was just like, Matt, [be]cause we had three Matthews in my chemistry class, and I look over and she’s talking to two others,” Leyba said.

Another situation could be that you have an uncommon name and someone might mispronounce it or make fun of it.

“I get a lot of jokes about shame, like ‘shame on you Shaemus,’” sophomore Shaemus Cowan said.

Psychology teacher Brian Meade said a lot of times names are based off of culture, social class and race. Some names that are popular now may not be popular later.

“When you are looking at race, African Americans used to have names like Brian, but then you hit the civil rights, they started going back to their roots, then you started getting more African names, and then you started getting the unique African names,” Meade said.

Names mean many different things to people and many have different meanings, but your name is what identifies you.

“[Names are] their identity, it’s the first thing people ask you is what’s your name, so it’s the first thing people know about you,” said Cowan.