Name is Important to Me
know that there are a lot of beautiful
names with beautiful meanings, and for me
meanings are more important than how names
times I ask myself, "What is the most beautiful
name?" "If I had a child, what name would I give to
her/him?" "What is more important? How the
name sounds or what it means?"
the past, people in my country gave names to their
children because of the meanings. Up to the end of
the Second World War, there was a very high
morality rate among newborns. Parents were very
afraid for the lives of their babies.
parents were very poor and illiterate. They
believed that the name had a protective role in the
life of a child. That is the reason why there were
many children with the name Wolf
(Vukosave, Vuk). Wolf symbolized a
very strong, well-conditioned animal.
the other hand, in the land of my country ("Entry
to Europe"), wars have been very common. Sometimes,
a young couple didn't have time to have a child
because the young husband had to go to fight. Many
of them were killed. This is the reason why many
names had meanings like Love Peace
(Dragomir - my husband), Freedom
(Sholodanka - my aunt), Hope for
Peace, Never War...
these days the situation is a little different.
People think more about how a name sounds than what
meaning it has. This is the reason why our names
are shorter today than in the past.
I don't think that it is good. My name was chosen
from literature. My godfather was impressed with
Natasha Rostova from War and Peace. For many
years, I proudly explained to people that my name
was from Russian literature.
a few years ago, I started to feel dissatisfied
with only that explanation. I wondered about the
meaning of my name. I found that it is a kind of
nickname for Natalia, whose root is
LatinDias Nataliswhich means
Day of Birth. Now I feel
know that there are a lot of beautiful names with
beautiful meanings, and now my name is important to
me because of its meaning.
In a Name?
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