WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Do you like a strong hero name? A sexy heroine name? Do names affect you when reading a book? Do you connect some names with bad memories, and therefore can never read a book with that person’s name as the protagonist?
For me, some names never grow up to be manly, such as Kevin, or are old lady names right from the start, like Gertrude. Do you see yourself as going moony-eyed over a strapping hero named Jethro? Is it all subjective?
How many of us actually know anyone named Hunter, Chance, or Rafe?
I recently saw a rerun of a Seinfeld episode where Elaine dated a guy with the name of a serial killer. I think it was Joel Rifkin, or as the papers called him, Rifkin the Ripper. She liked the guy. And she liked his name, well, his first name anyway. One night when out on a date at a basketball game or something, they announced his name over the loud speaker. Maybe he won a prize. Okay, so I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention, but that scene drove the point home about his name. Everyone gasped and went quiet. Elaine got embarrassed and after that, suggested he change his name.
Joel and Elaine agreed to make a list of their favorite names, and here is where it got interesting for me. They had a little meeting and went down their lists. I can’t remember all of them, but Joel’s list included names like Todd and Stuart. Elaine responded with Todd? Todd? Then she teased him about “Little Stuart Rifkin” as their meeting of the minds spiraled downhill. Elaine’s list went for the sports figure types – Deon and Remy. You can imagine how a guy named Joel with aspirations to be called Todd reacted to her list. If memory serves me correctly, as often was the case with Elaine and her men, they broke up.
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