Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nominative Determinism

I ran across this phrase a couple of days ago and I had no idea what it was. I was reading a thread on Ravelry and they were talking about people who lived up to their names, like Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales or Anna Smashnova, an Israeli tennis player. What a cool phrase. Nominative Determinism (as defined by Wikipedia is "the theory that as person's name is given an influential role in reflecting key attributes of their job, profession, or general life. Pretty cool, huh. I believe in this theory. Kinda of like a self-fulfilling prophesy so to speak. I would like to think that I am a happy person somewhat because of my name. I didn't like my name when I was growing up. I was one of many Mary's. In class I was always Merry S. I envied my friends who had more unusual names like Suzanne or Carrie. They didn't have to have the dreaded initial after their name to distinguish them from the other multitudes of Suzannes or Carries. I wanted to be named Melissa. I don't know why. I just loved the name. As I got older, I began to love my name, especially the spelling. I am often asked if I am born around Christmas (I am not) or if I am merry (I would like to think I am). Anyway, it is something to think about, no?

This picture of Whiskers? Her name does not demonstrate the theory of Nominative Determinism. She just has them. I could not resist taking a picture of this pose and sharing it with you.


Lin said...

I never liked my name, but I don't think I ever had one that I preferred instead. I just shortened mine to Lin and dropped the "da". :)

Why were you named Merry??

I have a friend who's mom named them after Disney characters. She is Wendy and her sister is Bambi. Isn't that weird?

Merry said...

My parents saw a story about a dog named Merry before I was born. They liked the spelling, so the rest is history. I find it funny I was named after a dog...