What’s in a Name?

A name is more than just a word or label that we identify ourselves with. Our names represent our heritage, our family, and our individual identities. For many of us, our given names are carefully chosen by our parents or grandparents and hold special meaning. As we grow older and enter school, our names become part of our everyday lives. They are how our teachers and classmates address us, how we sign our school papers, and even how we are listed in the yearbook! For some of us, our names are like miniature time capsules that carry with them the hopes, dreams, and history of those who came before us.

As children, most of us are not given much choice in what we are named. We’re simply given the name that our families have selected for us. For many of us, this is not a big deal. However, for others, it can be a source of anxiety or even shame. Maybe we don’t like how our name sounds or maybe we think it’s too difficult for others to say or pronounce.  Maybe we wish that we had been given a more “normal” name like Mary or Joe rather than something unique like Serenity or Kai. Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that there is power in a name.

A name isn’t just a random combination of letters. It’s an expression of who we are and where we come from. Our names can tell people about our culture, our heritage, and even our personalities. A strong name can give us confidence and make us feel proud. It can be a source of comfort during times of difficulty or change. So, the next time you meet a new student, parent, or even a person sitting near you in your local coffee shop with a name that’s new to you, remember that there is so much more to that person than meets the eye (or ears!).

GrapeSEED classrooms across the United States and throughout the world are filled with girls & boys who each have their own unique, special name, and we cherish each one!

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