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What is your name? How do you pronounce it?

Who named you? What is the meaning of your name?

Do you like your name? Is your name difficult to say?

Would you ever change your name?

 

We have all at one time struggled to say someone’s name because it was unusual or unfamiliar, or linguistically challenging for our own language group. Sometimes we work hard at learning the new name, other times we feel awkward and avoid saying the other person’s name—sometimes a résumé is moved to the bottom of the pile or deleted from an inbox.

 

Knowing and being able to say each other’s names is the cornerstone of basic human communication. In the multicultural mosaic that is Canada, the diversity of name origins, spellings, pronunciation, and cultural context is vast. Yet, with so many name variables, there is one thing we all share: a name story.

 

 

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