In the past in many Asian cultures names were given after much deliberations and thoughts. In some societies ‘spiritual help’, fortune-tellers and learned scholars were consulted for auspicious choices. The names chosen usually had significant connotations. They could be chosen to show the elders’ love for the infants, or they could be chosen to indicate the aspirations the elders had for the young babies. There were many other reasons that determined which names were chosen. Of course, superstition had its part to play, some names were chosen with the hope they could ward off untoward incidents in the lives of their off-springs.
Life should be made more interesting and more meaningful for each individual. I am going to suggest a person should have two names in his lifetime. One to be given at birth, (usually by the guardians) and the other when he reaches a ‘ripe old age’ -(he to determine for himself the age).
When he reaches the ‘ripe old age’, he should reflect on his life’s journey and then chooses a name that best sums up his life experience. He gets to choose a name that best describes who he is. It would be interesting and meaningful, wouldn’t it?
When someone else read the name then he would know the story behind the name. Shouldn’t names be given for such a purpose?
May all names bring good health and happiness to us.