"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
- Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Naming a child used to be less arbitrary. A lot of the popular names today have derived from affectionate parents literally naming their children after desirable characteristics. For example, Katey, Caitlin and Cath all derive from Catherine, which means purity. Ryan means king. Meghann and Megan means pearl. I became curious what it would be like to take these ancient names literally in today's world, where a lot of their meanings have become irrelevant.
I was raised in Korea, where it is fairly rare for multiple people to share the same first name. Sometimes I find humour in running into so many people with the same first names, so I thought of scenarios in which the meanings of the names clash as well.