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Give Your Kids A Perfect Name

A name is a term used for identification. They can identify a class or category of thing. A personal name is an identifying word or words by which an individual is intimately known or designated.

It is traditional for individuals to have a personal name (also called a given name or first name) and a surname (also called a last name or family name because it is shared by members of the same family). Ms, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given contexts.  

It’s very important for you to know that the names we are called goes a long way in making our future whether successful or unsuccessful. And of course you will agree with me also that there are names whose legacies and success attached to them, was squally built by the upholder of the names. 

I have therefore categorized names in two assumptions which are;

  • Constructed Names
  • Established/Existing Names

Constructed Names

These are formulated names. Parents actually construct names for their kids for various reasons some of which may be connected to fate of the child. Names like Godfirst, Godspower, Godgrace, Tastechrist, etc.. are examples of constructed names.

In some African countries like Nigeria, people give names that are in form of sentence with at least two or more words orchestrated together to form one in their respective languages eg Ayomide, Modupeoluwa, Chibuzor, Chinemeze, Nneoma, Akpobome etc.. Abstract nouns such as Divine, Anointing, Peace, etc are also metamorphosed into proper nouns ie. Personal names…  

Established/Existing Names

These are names already in existence.. names such as James, John, Paul, Alexander, Julia, etc, fall in these category. Some of these names are believe to be connected with success i.e bearers of these names have a high tendency to become successful in future.

Bill Murphy Jnr asked a question in one of his write ups thus,:  what if you don’t have money? What’s the best thing you can do for them (children)early on in life, that costs nothing?

These questions were answered by a research from UCLA which says there’s another choice that any parent can make, regardless of financial means: It’s to give their children first names that leverage other people’s biases–and that are more likely to make other people respect them at first meeting, and assume that they are successful, throughout their lives.

This is an instigation that there are certain names which guarantees success..

Albert Mehrabian, an emeritus professor says he’s identified 20 names–10 specific first names that are traditionally for boys, and 10 for girls–that carry with them connotations of success.

While he conducted his research in the early 2000s, he wrote in an email last month that he still believes his conclusions are valid: “There are trendy names that come and go in terms of desirable connotations,” he said, “but the classic good ones have lasting power.”

The highest rated names with success connotation according to Mehrabian are

  • Jacqueline
  • Morgan
  • Elizabeth
  • Katherine
  • Victoria
  • Lauraine
  • Susan
  • Catherine
  • Kate
  • Madeleine
  • Steven
  • Ross
  • Christopher
  • James
  • Robert
  • David
  • Kenneth
  • Parker
  • Thomas
  • Madison

Furthermore, some names do not connote success or they may either sound scary or empty. Which according to Mehraian are undesirable and may affect a child negatively. He said and I quote, “Believe me, you don’t want to name a child with an unattractive name and have them go through life and suffer the consequences.”

A parent with good future intentions for the kids wouldn’t give them names like Osama, Judas, Shekau, etc. This is because those who held these names earlier have in one way or the other tarnished the sound of the name and may develop an impact on whoever answers the names thereafter.

In conclusion, I’ll rather give my child a perfect name like Alexander and you will think of Alexander The Great or Elizabeth and you will think of Queen Elizabeth than to name him Osama where you will assume it’s Osama Bin laden or Jezebel. Give your kids a perfect name so they will give you rest and help build a successful society.

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Temitope Olatunji is a teacher of music and academics. He helps to explore the world of wisdom that expands knowledge.