What’s in a Name?

I went to the bank yesterday and I got the same response I always get when I tell people my name. Weird pronunciations, funny facial expressions and a mix of suppressed laughter or the linking of my name with a part of history. Sometimes, it gets uncomfortable until it does not. Overtime, I have learnt to embrace every part of me (which includes my name) that reminds me of who I am.


Most times when we meet someone newly, we get the opportunity of having to represent ourselves without having to hide behind titles and accolades. If you have a name like the one I bear- Ochez and it is pronounced as Ohchiz, Purchase or something else, then you would relate better with this post. Also, if you bear a generic name like David, Daniel or Samuel, or your name has some not-so-familiar letters of the alphabet like Q or Z, then we can make a fist bump. (Throwback to sharing a coke with…insert your name).

What is in a name?
A name is more like a tag you wear about telling or rather advertising who you are in order to sell yourself first and maybe a product or service. It’s more like branding. Once a product is known for something or a particular quality or taste, it becomes authentic that seeing that product, you see a quality which is perceived as what it stands for. Sometimes a name makes a person and sometimes it is the other way around. You probably might not be sure of which camp you belong to now, but sooner or earlier, you’d get to know.

I came across a tweet recently that was about a boy who got to know his mum wanted to name him Happy. Honestly, I laughed at the thought of it.
A picture I came across had an inscription that read something like ‘it’s not what they call you that matters, it’s what you answer to that matters’. So give yourself a name and rep it well.

If you have a name like David, no offense there’s a very high probability that you had difficulty in either opening an email address, Instagram account, Facebook account or better still a username for official or private use. I never have to worry about bearing Ocheche2345…smiles. Names are beautiful.

A name makes you want to celebrate your heritage. It is more like an impetus for owning it. You never can tell especially when it’s somewhat difficult to pronounce or your name is just so divinely beautiful. Talk about nicknames you love, conversation starters and the meanings attached to a name. C’mon chum (plays I by Kendrick Lamar till it fades…)

‘We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men. We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name’. -Maya Angelou

Never underestimate the power of love. I am Johnson Ocheche Mitchell and I love my name!

Do well to introduce yourself and say something about your name in the comment box below Chum.

P.S. A recap of 2019 + moving forward and focusing on what is instead of what if.

Stay Confident,
Ochez💕

I find expression writing about life, style, and personal development even as it relates to our day to day activities. This is coupled with the fact that words have a lasting impact on people so I ensure to use them for good.

18 comments On What’s in a Name?

  • My name is Enebeli Malcom Onyebuchi and I love my name ♥

  • I am Asuelimen Favour Isimhakhormhen
    Now, that’s a whole sentence. I’ve had people call me ‘Isi one corner’ or intentionally pronounce my surname as ‘I swear for you men’.. I’ve had to grow up with the mock and still stay alive.. phew! What to do? I built confident in the name. My sister had to tell me to tell people I’m ‘Isikhormen’ not the full name; it sounds better that way. That didn’t rest well in my tongue for long .. lol.. This is what I do, I just tell people I’m ‘Isi’ and when they ask what it is in full, i just tell them to leave it at that or I just spill the beans.. then, guess what? The latter option will be the most preferred 😜😆

    • I laughed so hard that a smile is still plastered on my face as I type. Dang! I swear for you men. Jeez, people are creative. They couldn’t deal with the short form *ahah* ‘I built confident in the name’ was all it took. Thank you for sharing AFI. So much love

  • I am Asuelimen Favour Isimhakhormhen
    Now, that’s a whole sentence. I’ve had people call me ‘Isi one corner’ or intentionally pronounce my surname as ‘I swear for you men’.. I’ve had to grow up with the mock and still stay alive.. phew! What to do? I built confidence in the name. My sister had to tell me to tell people I’m ‘Isikhormen’ not the full name; it sounds better that way. That didn’t rest well in my tongue for long .. lol.. This is what I do, I just tell people I’m ‘Isi’ and when they ask what it is in full, i just tell them to leave it at that or I just spill the beans.. then, guess what? The former option will be the most preferred 😜😆

  • Beautiful piece. I believe we have powers in our names too. I mean, words are powerful; so the more one answers to a particular name, the more they become a reflection of it (my thoughts). 🌹

    My name is Olaoluwa, it lexically means ”wealth of God” 🤭🤗

  • I’m Osalumhense Daniel Akhabue
    My email address was easy to open though😂. Just add the surname and I guess a white man doesn’t bear that

  • My name is Elo-oghene Oghre
    So many mispronounce my name as hello Ogre and a lot of other variations, but I am still proud of my name, it means light and I am light

  • Hi, I’m Daupreye Doubra Egbekun (Preye-Doubra). So many memories to share when it comes to my name, especially as a result of where I was raised as a young girl. If you aren’t Yoruba you’re tagged “Omo Igbo” (Child from igboland), So, it becomes a general name.
    Based on the consistent mispronunciation, a need to feel among(Lack of shaving an English name disturbed me) and snide remarks, I gave myself an English name, the first was Esther (had that on my primary 6 certificate and my mum refused to snap with me that day)..🤣😂
    Changed it to God’s gift during the days of 2go and that early social media wave (My first Facebook account name was Priye Gift) Then some Yoruba people insisted on calling me Ebun (Yoruba interpretation for Gift).
    Autocorrect makes matter worse as Preye is being corrected to Preys, Doubra as Doubts, Egbekun as Egbert (I’m used to this because people often make this mistake).😁😁😅🤣😂

    Well well, I began to love my name as I grew, to the extend that if you pronounce my name wrongly, I’ll painstakingly correct you.. I synced both names and now it seem to be a compound name when pronounced!

    Wow! Another blog post here🤣😂🤣😅

  • My name is Ogeheneruemu Onome Oneyibo. My first name isn’t even completely spelt here. I have always loved my name. Loved the fact that I don’t have an English name and always boldly say that I don’t have one. Interestingly though, I hardly introduce myself by my first name since it almost always gets murdered. On all social networks I mostly go my middle name Onome. I once had a teacher in primary school call me Oghene for a full term because he couldn’t pronounce Ogheneruemu before he reverted to Onome.

    Autocorrect always tries to mess with me too with different variations of my name but I found a way to bypass it, at least on my phone by adding my name to the dictionary on my phone.

    I did once try to give myself an English name but I never really liked it. My name is my name and serves as a connection to who I am and where I come from.

    • Oghene!! a god like you. “my name is my name and serves as a connection to who I am and where I come from” stuck real hard.
      P.S. I definitely have to add my name to the dictionary on my phone too. Thank you for stopping by Onome. xoxo

  • I’m Cirphrank.
    Una dey find my real name?😏 E go be o✌

    Move ahead!!! Conductor, next post please, I said next post owa o…

  • Ahahah. next post it is Cirphrank!

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