Hey!, we thought. Here we are, a name site, with lots of regular visitors who are fascinated by names and think and know a lot about the subject, and yet they’re known by names they’ve invented for themselves. So where did those names come from?
That started us thinking about how the internet had given rise to a whole new era of self-naming and name invention as well as reinvention, giving us all the opportunity to devise new names for ourselves via our email addresses, our screen aliases, our Twitter handles, the Facebook middle names and respellings meant to throw school administrators and prospective employers off the track…..
We wondered if the web’s demand that we rename ourselves might be making people more interested in names in general and also more open to non-traditional names such as word names, color names, animal names, invented names and yooneek spellings. If you’re an academic onomast looking for a subject for your Ph.D. thesis, that might be a good topic; please let us know your findings.
Meanwhile, closer to home and real life, we wondered how and why all of you chose the names you use on Nameberry. Some of you may not be willing to share the secret meaning and codes embedded in your Berry aliases, but if you are, we’d love to hear it.
We’re also aware that some of you chose Berry names on the fly and now would love to change them, though our system (ironically enough) does not make that easy. So tell us about that too!
Have you joined us on Facebook yet? Come on over!