Since the timeless debut of the ‘Carrie’ necklace on HBO’s Sex and the City, everyone from Gwen Stefani to the modern housewife are looking to have their name donned onto a beautiful necklace. Names help set people apart from each other and are synonymous with what a person’s personality traits and character may be. A name necklace is the perfect way to show off a special name to the whole world. A name necklace can be priceless for the meaning it holds and is a beautifully simple yet sophisticated way to express confidence and self-love and appreciation. Taking a look at the different reasons why, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Everyone has a name but some people may not have any idea what their own name means and may not give it a lot of thought. There is actually an entire field dedicated to the study of names, called Onomastics. It relates to other areas of study including linguistics, human history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy and much more. When people refer to the “meaning of a name”, they are most likely referring to the original literal meaning, or the etymology of the particular word in question. The one thing that sets human beings apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to think, or reason on a conscious level. In order to think consciously, people also have to use language. This point is not generally though about, but it is crucially important. It is impossible to think without language. In the case of languages which have alphabets, letters are placed in a predetermined sequence in the alphabet, i.e., in the English alphabet, “A” is always the first letter in sequence, then “B” in the second position, and so on. An alphabet exists because symbols are recognized by their form or unique sound in a definite order- if the order is changed confusion can result. From symbols, groups of sounds are placed together and language begins. Intelligence then develops and continues to grow through the use of language. Through language, names have long been immortalized in prose, poetry, and in religious ceremonies. Everyone recognizes him or herself by name and represents the unique identification of a person or an object. When considered, it is the linguistic translation of who a person may be. People can be given first names as ‘namesakes’, to honor a particular person or family lineage. Wearing a name necklace can then also symbolize the important connection of human language and the meaning to the wearer.
From a psychological point of view, many parents name their children after a people they are fond of. This can be a friend, another family member, themselves or more increasingly, after a celebrity. This is nothing new though, calling a child by the same name as the sovereign’s child has been done for centuries – at least since the Middle Ages. Another popular trend, especially during the 19th and early 20th century, was to name children after Biblical characters. This is why the names John and Mary have had such lasting power. This is also still extremely common in Muslim countries, where there are an extremely high number of men are called Mohammed. Another way of naming a child is just to select a name that that sounds pleasant, regardless of the meaning or origin. This is an increasingly common practice today. The psychology of names is a complex matter that could take an entire lifetime to study. Ultimately, the important thing to understand is what a name means to the specific individual and the different people in society and culture, and how the image reflected by others can influence a person’s image of themselves. In this regard, a name necklace family beliefs and traditions.
When a person chooses to wear a, the reasons behind it can be as different and diverse as people’s names themselves. Whether a personal expression of inner pride, respecting family traditions or particular people in history, it can often mean much more to someone than just wearing a nice piece of jewelry. It can serve as the perfect representation for someone to express something extraordinary about themselves as a part of everyday life.
This article was written by Chantele Theroux an editor of MagicHandsJewelry.com