Names have always interested me. The meanings of names. The cultural, historical, religious, or linguistic origin of a name. Even the pronounciation of a name. Why do we name things? What importance is there in it?
Take for instance, my pen name (no, you still don’t know my real name):
Tanney–> origin, me. I made it up. But, it is for numerous reasons…it is an algamation of my first and middle names. But, it is also short for tangerine, my favorite smell, color, fruit, my personality, etc.
Christiansen–> Danish for son of Christian. But break that even further and it means a follower of Christ.
What power is there behind my name? Well, on the one hand, my given name holds me to expectations: I am a Christian. The name I gave myself gives me power of creativity.
Names have power behind them. That is why they are so special to us. All religions believe this to some extent. Judiasm and Mormonism both believe that God’s name is so special, that we shouldn’t speak it. That is why we call him God or Heavenly Father. But there has to be a further reason why names have power.
In mythology and magical believes, names have power of control. If you know the true name of something and can posess that true name, you can have power over it. Naming is one of the languages of magic. Once you have learned the true name of someone, you can bend them to your will. You can summon creatures of light and dark.
There are many examples in media that I really like that play with this idea of the power of names.