What’s in a Name? You Ask.

What is in a name? You ask.

Not much and everything.

Is it the hill I want to die on?

Is the the reason I want to dig my heel in?


Would it have made a difference for Herman?

Would he have fame?

Would he have enjoyed the riches?

And not died heartbroken, a dockworker, a layman

an not so famous author?

If he had only chosen to name his narrator

Tito, Jimmy, John or Alex  rather than Ishmael


for Moby Dick?


Go ahead

Call me Corvette, not Purvi

TrIII ve DDDa not Trivedi

Call me Zaa EM ba, not Ziemba

Scramble up my name,

Call me a maa’m,

At end of the day,

I will remain the same.


But really,

would it be too much to ask

that you call me Purviben?


I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site. The whole month of march, we blog and share little slices of lives- some we experience, some we find while walking around.  Would you like to join us too?



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5 thoughts on “What’s in a Name? You Ask.

  1. Thought provoking post. My name is Emily like so many others…it’s not great having a super common name either. Feels quite a bit less special, I think.
    Thanks for sharing the story of your name.

  2. I think the pronunciation of one’s name is one of the things you should dig your heels in about, but it does get tiring. In teaching, I always run across students who have unusual names and I try so hard to learn how to pronounce them right. Sadly, even by sixth grade, many of them are inclined to say that I can just pronounce their names however. But your name is you! We should show each other the courtesy of saying it correctly.

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  4. Thanks for visiting.

    Sometimes, the names are different or one may be name challenged like I am. I try my best to pronounce correct names and course correct as necessary.

    Emily, I hear you. Your name is special. I should know. My daughter has double first names with Amily as first half of her name.

    Whitney, I agree with your views somewhat. I had a friend whose kids were told they do not know how to spell their name and their mom was wrong about spelling too (!!!!!! Think Schwin Vs. Scheween).

    Re: Kids not caring how teachers pronounce their names, they might truly not care or like my kid, she realizes that it is fruitless to keep asking to remind how to say her name.

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