Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity by Becky W. Thompson
Student story: Admissions essay about personal identity
T he authors of this essay on names have just identified themselves. Well, not quite. For the sake of full disclosure, they are willing to have it known that they have the same last name not by coincidence or consanguinity but because they are married to each other and have been for over thirty-four years.
Becky W. Thompson
“Names Have Power”: Five Essays on Names and Identity
Our names, being the gift of others, must be made our own. What does our name reveal to others about our identity? It is a response to a familiar experience: introducing oneself to a group of strangers. Wang writes, in part:. Something about myself? How do I summarize, in thirty seconds, everything which adds up and equals a neat little bundle called Me?
Our names: our school pegs, our register entries, an ID badge, a passport, a bank account, a driving licence, how we introduce ourselves. - Writer and linguistic anthropologist Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination. Sticks and stones can break my bones.
Rating: Better Essays. Open Document. Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper. Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly. Strange as it sounds, I aslo have three different names: Basanta, Kancho, Xxxxxx. My third name Xxxxxx is my cultural name that I cannot disclose thus I have decided to write it Xxxxxx as it is made up of six letters
Sometimes we try to live up to our names. Sometimes we try to run away from them. But either way — and for all the options in between — your name is a crucial factor in developing your sense of self, and thus helps propel you forward on various paths of life and career. The term nominative determinism was coined in a issue of New Scientist to describe this phenomenon. The magazine's editors noticed two instances of scientists gravitating toward subjects that were strangely linked to their last names. Maybe it's just a coincidence.