I've written on Swiss Lark about choosing a name for your baby and changing (or not changing) your name after getting married. But, what about your own name?
As modern humans, we like to subscribe to the idea that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but just as was illustrated in Romeo and Juliet, played by Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey (pictured), we all know that there is more to a name that just a combination of sounds. Names carry plenty and can give someone an impression of us before they've even seen our face.
All throughout grade school and high school, I always really liked my name. I felt that Lindsey was a strong, solid name; the type of name people would take seriously and respect. It was lucky that I was named Lindsey before the name got really popular. I was always the only Lindsey in all of my classes and it felt like a unique and great name to have in general.
Then, Lindsay Lohan came along. At first she was ridiculously cute, like in The Parent Trap. Adorable! Then she was just delightful in Mean Girls. But then she entered her total train wreck phase, and she doesn't seem to have come out of it since. I kid you not, Lindsay Lohan really seems to have tainted the name Lindsey. People seem to react differently to the name since she went off the rails. At least it seems that way to me.
Then, a few years ago, I saw this movie clip from Our Idiot Brother and could not believe its portrayal of the name Lindsey. (Starting at 45 seconds). It is like the complete opposite of what I've always thought of my name. Gah!
What is your impression or your name? Do you think it matches what others think of when they hear your name? I've had many unrelated people over the years tell me I look more like a Megan than a Lindsey. Ha! So tell me, do you like your name?
(Photo of Leonard & Olivia via Cloudpix)