“Rahul, naam toh suna hoga”, a popular Shah Rukh Khan dialogue. We’d say “Yes, we’ve heard that many times over, thanks to the fact that SRK had this name in nine movies and also, because, at one point every third boy in India was given this name”.
What’s in a name??!! You would think. From Geeta, Jyoti to Inaiyyra and Myrah, we’ve certainly come a long way, playing the Name Game.
The Name Game
People mull over names for their offspring much more than they did earlier. This could do well to heed mounting evidence that a name can influence everything, from your school grades and career choice to who you marry and where you live. It could also be a self fulfilling prophecy. If the name sounds intelligent or attractive, you are more likely to act those things.
The power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in prose, poetry, and religious ceremony. Everyone recognizes himself or herself by name.
Gone Are The Rekha, Rajesh Days!
Like all other things names in India have also evolved. There was a time when people chose to name their children after filmstars. Names like Rekha, Jaya, Rajesh were common once upon a time, and people took pride in being called that. It was common to change names too. Some would do that a later stage in life. People idolized film stars and didn’t shy away from looking upto them. These days, neither do the parents want to name their kids after film stars, nor would the kids themselves be like to be christened after film stars. Who would like to be called Katrina or Hritik??!! “So embarrassing”, one young teenager retorts.
However, names that are popular are those of characters in movies. The name Simran and Nandini (Kajol in DDLJ and Aishwarya in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) became very popular at one point. So did the name Krish (Hritik Roshan in Krish).
The recent times have changed and names with different spellings from a numerology point of view are popular. People are giving their kids names like Inaiyyra and Aahaana. Amongst boys, Aaravh and Aaryyash are some latest ones. There’s also an emphasis on the meaning of the name as it’s believed that children live upto their names. Attendence registers of schools are full of names the teachers can hardly pronounce or spell correctly. Unyzza, Sumeirr, Nynntaara are some the quirky spellings we came across.
Astrology and Numerology provide guidance to every parent to choose auspicious names for the baby as per Date of Birth. Birth star or Janma Nakshatra is very important and forms the basis of many decisions throughout the life of the baby from name selection to life partner selection and many more important events in life. It is believed that Nakshatra influences the life cycle of a person and his characteristics. To help the baby become successful and lead a hurdle free life, many are resorting to numerologists for choice of names or ideal spellings of the name they have zeroed down on. Some even change the spellings of the name they were given many years ago at a later stage in life