K is for Kiran.

| May 5, 2014

K is for Kiran.  Kiran is my name.  A name is something that we typically have no control over (unless, of course, we take action to legally change it).  This makes me wonder—does the meaning or connotation of a name alter the way we exist in the world?  Translated into Sanskrit, my name means ray of light or sunshine.  As a child, I took the meaning of my name very personally.  My favorite color was yellow, and in art class I almost always worked on projects that revolved around light or sunshine.  My name became a foundational part of my identity and personality.  But what about someone who is named after a relative they despise?  Or someone who has been given a name they are ashamed of?  Does a title always influence who we are?  It is also interesting to note that many people share their names with other people.  Does this mean that they could share characteristics, like those born on the same day—a horoscope of sorts?  Even if a name doesn’t actively define a person, I am sure that at least subtly, it does.  It is also interesting to think about the traditional practice of a bride taking a groom’s last name.  This seems to be representative of both union and male dominance.  Just some thoughts…