Growing up with an uncommon name, Duana was fascinated by people’s names from a very young age. In The Name Therapist, Taha explores North American naming trends, the stigma of names that are in the “stripper” category, and whether our names affect our success or not.
Admittedly, it was the cover of this book that first caught my eye. While the spelling of my name is a bit more uncommon than my actual name, I love sharing a good-natured laugh with friends that have had their names butchered on their Starbucks orders. The Name Therapist was a fascinating read about the culture of finding common, but not TOO common, names for children. Names that have risen (and sunk) in popularity, and how that is reflected in society nowadays.
Perhaps one of the most interesting points in the book was when Taha discussed the measures of success against our name. She had spoken to a number of people and asked them what their first name was, did they like it and if they thought it had any effect on their successes thus far. That definitely got me thinking about myself as well as those around me and, for the most part, the small number of people I had talked about this subject to, seemed to like their name and found that, if their name was uncommon, that it generally did stand out in – say – job interviews.
This was a really interesting and thought-provoking read. The constant mis-spelling of my name is nothing compared to those with unusual names that always have to correct others how to pronounce it and it was fascinating to read about the effect that has on people whether they love or hate it.