People say what we're named has a lot with how things turn out in out lives, some say our names affect and influence our destinies. It's apparent in the amount of time and thought that's put into naming a child that most people belong to this school of thought.
However these days people are more concerned with cool sounding names that have little or no meanings. In the Western world celebrities name their children after inanimate objects like Blanket (Micheal Jackson) and Apple (Gwyneth Palthrow). Kimye named theirs North, Diddy's got a daughter he named Delilah. Recently a Nollywood actor named his twin children Hollywood and Nollywood.
But recently I met someone whose friend used to be named Nkilika, meaning to look or admire is better in Igbo. Nkilika is a very pretty lady, almost too pretty. She's also got an amazing character to go with the pretty face. She's very hot cake and has men throwing themselves under buses just to have her. However Nkilika has noticed that those among these men who are successful and end up dating her in no time lose interest and dump her. Some date but never commit. Some just want to sleep with her and move right on. This happened for several years; men terminating their relationships with her shortly after they began for no just cause. It was then Nkilika decided to change her name, (New name withheld). She believed that the implication of being named Nkilika is that people will not appreciate her beyond the physical; as it is better to look or/and admire, that's all she's good for and no more. So, she's a lady a man may want as a trophy but not one he will invest time or emotions in, nor commit to.
I've heard of several people changing their names but I've never really quite believed that one's name plays a part in one's destiny. However some people seem to differ.
What's your take?
Do you think your name has played a part in how things have turned out in your life?
Do you think your name has brought you favour and fortune or mishaps and misfortune.
Or do you think a name is barely a name, no more no less.
What's in a name?