Nicknames is a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name”.
Do you have a nickname or have you given anyone a nickname? I have one; it’s Allen. That is a nickname that became a real one. A few guys have even argued among themselves that Allen was my christened name. It was a name given to me by a friend while I was in my first year in the university.
Few weeks into my first year in the University, about six guys, including myself were talking about cars. It was in mid 1990s, the world was not as developed as it is today. Each of us spoke about the best luxury car we had ever sighted. I told them about a “Town Car Lincoln” that I once saw and how the size of the car blew my mind. One of the guys asked me where I saw the car and I honestly told him: “Allen Avenue”.
That was how I got the name Allen. The guy did not stop calling me Allen until all the Year-1 student knew it as my name. Each time we met people together as they asked for our names; before I could say my name, this guy would tell them my name was Allen. “That’s a very nice name. Nice meeting you Allen” was their usual response. Little by little, I began to warm to the name.
It’s about 25 years since that incident and the name Allen has stuck. That’s my story, what’s yours? Some of us have nicknames given to us or names we gave to others. Reminiscing over the incidents that led to the names can be blissful sometimes.
On the flip side, there are other people who dislike their christened name and decide to re-name themselves. Some give themselves fancy names while others want a name that reflects another race. Like I always say: “if it makes you happy and it does not hurt another human; do it but remember your creator too”. Without an iota of being judgmental, I always want to further understand why some people prefer names from other races to theirs.
A person may want to change his or her name because he/she wants to belong to a particular elite class while others may be ashamed of their race and want a change of identity. I used to know someone (a lady) who gave herself a very “razz” nickname that was extremely sexually suggestive.
When asked “why this nickname?”; it became obvious that she gave it to herself due to peer pressure. There are guys that give themselves names that connote violence or lack of respect for the feminine gender; I would want to know the history behind the nicknames before becoming friends with people like that.
There is a correlation between the state of people’s hearts and the names they give themselves. If we, as humans, are careful to consider the nicknames the people around us give themselves, we might be able to determine the friends or relatives who require more attention due, probably, to underlying conditions and the ones who just want a more fanciful name.