A rose by any other name would not be a rose.
Sure, it would smell as sweet, but would it still retain it’s significance?
Could the rose have blossomed into the token of love that it is, had it been named something less attractive? What if the lovely rose had been called a kelminet? Would the same flower with a different name have been as celebrated? Of course it’s hard to say, but I wonder.
In some cases, a name helps build the brand. Sometimes the name almost is the brand: Lincoln, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa. In other cases, the name is completely arbitrary. Apollo 13 conjures up immediate images, even thought the name itself is just one of a series. The same can be said of 9/11. There had been and will continue to be September 11’s, but refer to that date in context and no further explanation is necessary to clarify which 9/11 you mean.
What about your name? Does it say anything about who you are, or is it not important to you at all?
(I was able to ask Jon Acuff this Query, and his answer is included on the next page. How cool
am I is that? And yes, I’m totally name dropping right now.)