City of Edmonton Youth Council
CEYC Names Narrative : Introduction
Updated: Aug 3, 2021
This summer, the CEYC Blog has been working on collaborative culture focussed project project all about names! Throughout this project, we explore origins, meaning, language, anecdotes, culture, and many more themes related to our names. I am very proud of the writing, vulnerability and effort put into this project. Furthermore, we at CEYC are beyond excited to share these pieces with the community.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
This famous Shakespeare quote from the tragedy Romeo and Juliet argues that a name holds no meaning, and that a person will still be the same regardless of their name. To a certain extent this is true, in the same way that labels can be seen as unnecessary. However, I believe that names hold power and help shape individuals. First names, nicknames, last names, usernames all tell a story.
Whether a name carries innate meaning from cultural significance, family heritage or a major event, or acquired meaning from personal experience and growth, it is an important part of identity. Even if an individual feels disconnected from their name, or doesn’t feel as though their name carries any particular meaning, that sentiment in itself speaks to their identity, beliefs and values.
What does your name mean? Share your stories and interact with the project in the comments or on our social media as we publish weekly content!
CEYC Blog Editor and Coordinator