What's in a Name? More than you think.

Last Update: March 21, 2019

Hello WA Fam!

Today I wanted to ask the community a question: What does your name mean?

The very first impression we get of someone (online at least) is their name. We subconsciuosly form judgements about people that way. Intentional or not, what's in a name?

My (screen) name is AHost-Madsen. I chose this name for a few different reasons.

First of all, Amy is a common name. Although I did not use Amy in my screen name, I did make my avatar reflect my name.

Second of all, I'm recently married (8/10/18). I'm kinda attached to my (new) name. Interestingly enough, Host is not my maiden name. My husband is of European decent and his nationality derives their last names from the father (son of). It would be akward to say Madsenson, so Host simply means son of (son of Madsen).

Lastly, this is (in a sense) a writing platform and should I one day become successful, that's how I want people to remember me: AHost-Madsen. If I were to just use Amy, what comes to mind? Amy Winehouse. The song Amie (Amie, what you want to do? I think I could stay with you. For a while, maybe longer if I do). Amy Adams.

What does your (screen) name mean?

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alisterbrede Premium
Thanks, Amy for the story. I think Amy is a very nice name and a little unusual these days. My screen name is simply my real name. My first name is Alister and my last name is Bredee. The system would not take all the letters of my last name so I turned out as brede.
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AHost-Madsen Premium
Thank you for sharing! I don't think anyone here will call you Mr. Bredee so I'll remember you as Alister (he was one of the main characters on the show 'You Can't Do That on Television' when Nickelodeon first became popular back in the 80's although I believe he spelled his name Alistair :)

Best of luck on your journey to success!
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NewLaurie Premium
Well, dang - you all have more interesting stories than I!

My parents named me Laurie because they liked it, and it was a popular name when I was born (always someone else with that name in every classroom!).

At least I learned from that, and gave my daughters less common names.

I was anxious to get started at WA, and didn't give my username too much thought. Laurie was already taken, so, I added the "new".

There's my boring story!
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AHost-Madsen Premium
Well 'New'Laurie...when I see your screen name I think of the old sitcom 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus :)
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NewLaurie Premium
I think of Lori Partridge from "The Partridge Family"!

Ha ha ... probably way before your time!
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D-Talcob Premium
Hi Amy

Mine is abbreviations of my 3 children

Dija
Talleh
Jacob
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AHost-Madsen Premium
That's quite sentimental :) I'm sure they are a driving force on your journey to success!
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D-Talcob Premium
Yes they are :)
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JMatonge1 Premium
Thank you very much, Amy, for your post. I have discovered personally that people who attach their activities to the meaning of their names tend to perform better than those who are not NAME-MEANING conscious. My name is Joseph and I associate it very much with the Biblical name of Joseph, the Governor of Egypt under Pharaoh. My activities, therefore are associated with hard work so that i may save my family or my nation in one way or another.
Joseph
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AHost-Madsen Premium
Wonderful!

Many blessings on your journey to success!
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - contrary to what people might think, I am not a Scorpio. I chose my name because I am a middle-aged rock chick, and my favourite band is the Scorpions!
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AHost-Madsen Premium
Love it!

Best of luck on your journey to success!
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