Whats, whats in a name? Ah! Quotes the Bard Shakespeare or in this case my good friend Kerron Hamblin. I got asked the question “Why the name Microvangelist?” I could have answered this in one line but then this wouldn’t be a blog and I wouldn’t be The Microvangelist now would I? Plus this would be REALLY boring to read.
So just what is in or is allegedly a name? Before I get all artsy with the title and question first lets make sure I answer it at its core. “Why the name Microvangelist?” The name was chosen by my best friend Dondré of Dondré Trotman Photography. I know imaginative name right? 😛 Jokes aside I can’t say enough how talented an artist he is! Go check out his work!
To say that he gave me the name isn’t enough. How de we get there? Well I had picked up a little stomach bug the night before I’m saying mild in clinical terms cause let me tell you. I DO NOT do well with any level, form or fashion of stomach ailment. Now one day while recovering, I uncurled from the grave, stubbornly went out on an errand and in my sick daze lost my phone, of course my wallet had to be raped and the item replaced and so the Nokia Lumia 920 came into my life. I couldn’t stop preaching about the joys of the under appreciated Windows Mobile Platform. Dondre dubbed me the Windows Evangelist as a joke over the whole thing. That was that until I started to blog a few months back and I needed a name and I was stumped on a choice. Don pulled this one out of his hat! The Microvangelist was born! To me it reflects my love of technology and the fact that I have something to say. To him well I guess we’ll ask him and see what he says in the comments. I guess I can delve into more on that on a blog of its own.
Now that the mystery’s out of the way. What REALLY IS in a name? I guess I found out sitting down with my girlfriend’s coworkers last week. Its seems a name defines your personality right from the start! With much hilarity I discovered that all Samanthas are sluts, Keishas are gold diggers and Troys tend to be gay, this of course must be true because I tend to feel happy on a regular basis 😛 … O_O That is what they mean, right?
Well the whole thing got me thinking. The whole idea of names holding sway over personality is as old as the hills. One Puritan preacher made this point explicitly to his congregation when he told them, “A good name is a thread tyed about the finger, to make us mindful of the errand we came into the world to do for our Master” (qtd. in Feldman). So our name hold in it our true purpose eh? Interesting. Where does that leave alto of us? You tell me.
I could <Snicker> List another example coincidental or not of a name holding <smirk> “sway” over the destinies of man. Enter William F. Murphy, M.D., a psychiatrist in Boston. “Murphy told of a man who was troubled by guilt that grew out of his adolescent habit of masturbation. <Seriously WTH? O_o> As a boy, he wore an athletic supporter to bed to try to prevent erections. This technique failed, but it had the effect of causing his erect penis to bend downward. The unfortunate coincidence? The man’s last name was Bent, which, coupled with his nickname “Dinkey,” reminded him constantly of the early sexual activity he had struggled so hard to avoid. In the military the man’s anxiety caused mild psychosexual impotence, which helped reinforce his guilt feelings when he got older (Murphy).” I guess this illustrates the whole example the ole preacher was gaffing about… Rather grimly.
In the old world new parents blessed names upon their children in hopes that they would grow up in the shadow of their namesake. Imagine today being called Obedience or Steadfast on High. Come to think of it, a chick called Obedience popping up on my facebook…… <Daydreams, wait what?>. Ok were off track and your probably weirded out by now. Um moving on.
We’ve got social conceptions, we’ve got coincidental linkages and socio-religious beliefs. At the end of the day who’s to say whether the man makes the name or the reverse? I’d like to hear your views & stories on the names you’ve met in your coming and goings. Do they fit your preconceptions? Do you even have them? Look forward to talking to you in the comments below.