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The Intrigue of Personal Names

30 Nov

 

What's behind the choice?

 

I find it fascinating to think about why so many people have so many unusual, seemingly out-of-synch names. It's equally fascinating to discover the reasons/history behind the call letters of radio and TV stations.

 

Similarly, it's fun to imagine why a mother chooses to spell her son's name "Jon" or "Jahn" rather than "John"; or another mother…"Jakub" rather than "Jacob"; as well as another mother who chose just one "n" rather than two for "Denis" or "Dennis". 

 

Sean Jensen — an Asian football reporter for a St. Paul newspaper; the ultimate fusion name; Irish first name, Scandinavian surname.

 

Shonn Greene — black NFL football recruit whose mother probably wasn't aware of the original Irish spelling "Sean"; she just liked the way it sounded.

 

Rashad Johnson — NFL football recruit whose mother might have idolized former player and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad, who changed his own birth name of Bobby Moore.

 

Vontae Davis — NFL football recruit. I can't even speculate about why. But a Google search for "Vontae" will show this guy as the #1 result.

 

Ramses Barden — NFL football recruit whose mother might have wanted to reflect ancient Egyptian royalty.

 

Travis or Jason or Jared or Josh — the first name for any male whose mother probably watched too many soap operas…at a time when William (Bill), Charles (Chuck), Thomas (Tom), David (Dave), James (Jim), Michael (Mike), etc. were commonplace.

 

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Marketing specialist focusing on concept development for new products and services. University degree in editorial journalism. Major corporate and brand experience with one of the world’s largest and best advertising agencies.

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