What’s in a name

I love this quote from Shakespeare’s tale of Romeo and Juliet:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Now, in this famous story of love the meaning of the name is defined as senseless because both lover’s families are at war. But the reality of pride for one’s name is something truly empowering and remarkable. I’ve recognized this meaning in my own life and have identified it as one of the 8 steps of living life motivated. Our name is a constant reminder of our experiences and our passions.

More than my family’s name, I’ve found pride in my first name – David. I once heard someone say that your first name is the most beautiful word one can hear. I think this is especially true for me because my first name is normally pronounced in the English form. I normally make sure other people understand and use it correctly; pronounced Daveed. I’ve found it powerful to have others recognize the correct way to call me. To recognize who I am.

I think in a similar way a family’s name also carries much meaning and importance. This fact only struck me when I got married and then again when my children were born. I had a good relationship with my parents, but the meaning of our family’s name was not passed down with the sense of a gift. Looking back at the times I spent listening to the stories that intertwined with my family tree, these tales paint the adventure written in my family’s name. I want to pass that down to my children; as a gift. That our family’s name, our family’s adventure, moved beyond the ocean line with God in the center of it all.

Your name may not define you but it has meaning. Even more than my family’s name, my name reminds me of the unique path I’ve taken in my life. In leaving my country, embracing a new culture and starting my family. It also reminds me of what motivates me in life.

Hi my name is David, pronounced Daveed. Christ-follower, committed husband, engaged father, proud Portuguese, new American, intended to motivate, passionate about communications, living life to the fullest.


What’s your name?