Ms. Gokturk

Advanced Comp

What’s in a Name?

 

Please use the following questions to help you think through the significance of your name. After your research, please write a well constructed piece which answers the question, “How does your name define and/or limit you?”

 

First Name

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What does your name mean? Please look up the definition of your name.
  3. How did you get your name? Why did your parents choose this name for you?
  4. What have others said about your name?
  5. What does your name mean to you? Is it common? Does it make you different? Does your name suit you?
  6. Do you associate your name with your culture? How do you feel about this?
  7. What is the “stereotype” associated with this name?
  8. What other famous people in history and in the present share your name? Do you see any common traits with others who share the name?
  9. Do people ever call you by a different name? Why do you think this happens?

Nickname/s

  1. Do you have any nicknames?
  2. What does it/do they mean?
  3. How did you get it/them?
  4. What does this name/s reveal/s about you?

Middle Name

  1. What does your middle name mean? Please look up the definition of your name.
  2. How did you get your middle name? Why did your parents choose this name for you?
  3. What have others said about your name?
  4. What does your name mean to you? Is it common? Does it make you different? Does your name suit you?
  5. Do you associate your name with your culture? How do you feel about this?
  6. What is the “stereotype” associated with this name?
  7. What other famous people in history and in the present share your name? Do you see any common traits with others who share the name?

Last Name

  1. What is the history of your last name?
  2. What does your last name mean?
  3. How do you feel about your last name?

New Name

  1. If you could change your name, what would it be?
  2. What does it mean?
  3. How would this define you differently?