What's In A Name?

The Title picture to this post is a portion of William Shakespeare's quote, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. When we visualize a rose, we cannot imagine anything other than a beautiful and fragrant flower. It leads one to believe that if we knew or met someone named Rose, we would immediately assume that she were sweet and delicate like a flower.

Suppose that a couple finds out that they are expecting, what is the first thing they reach for? A book of baby names of course! While I'm no expert of what newly expectant couples do, I remember that choosing my daughter's name was a very monumental decision for me.  I studied every origin and meaning of every name ever recorded (perhaps a slight exaggeration) just to overthink and over ponder how that name would affect her future.  Can a name shape or secure someone's personality? Does a name really carry that much power to form a person's path? The names that made the short list for my daughter were Gabrielle, Chloe, Dakota and Chelsea. I know what you're thinking . . ."Dakota"? Where did that one come from? One thing does not seem like the other. Chelsea was the winner and she gives her name a, uh . . . "good name". ;-)

Letter Analysis:

Specific analysis for each letter;

C : Logical,Artist
H : Strong
E : Calm, Quiet
L : Stubborn
S : Ambitious
E : Calm, Quiet
A : Detection High

The subject of names came up recently because we are contemplating opening our home to a rescue animal.  I'm really pulling for a German Shepherd at the moment. Truth be told, my wealth of experience in name selection comes from owning so many pets growing up. I don't like to think about how many pets we had because that helps to indicate how many are no longer with us. It's a high number and a bittersweet thought, but I digress. 

The first dog I remember vividly and fondly was Bridget, a snow-white, elegant Samoyed. She was so beautiful that she made me feel special just by being part of the family she belonged to. It's amazing how much a part of our memories are devoted to our pets. At the same time it makes perfect sense because that is their main purpose on earth, to be our truest and most loyal companions. Since loosing Bridget there was a succession of other beloved dogs along with their unique names. Just some I can recall off the top of my head were Superman, 007(alias James Bond), Popeye, Indiana Jones, Rocco, Boris and Natasha (Siberian husky's) and another brother & sister duo, Nigel and Daphney (Golden Retrievers). Thinking about them now and considering the meanings behind their individual names, they do seem unusually accurate to their personalities. Bridget was indeed "a goddess and very exalted". Last, but not least by far, would be Oliver, who we had for only a short time but he made his mark on my heart for sure.

(This is a picture of Oliver during his one and only camping trip. You can really appreciate the German meaning of his name which some say means "Elf Army". I definitely see a mighty elf in that face!)

I have played around with the concept of naming each of my vintage repurposed treasures but I haven't committed to the idea just yet. Each piece I work with speaks differently to me. Absolutely no piece is the same and I hope it stays that way. Part of what is so appealing about refurbishing, reimagining and reinvigorating forgotten furniture is that each piece brings with it a unique experience that translates when the project is completed and revealed.

I'm open for name suggestions for this newly added French Country End Table. The person I acquired it from said it was originally from Germany but I just don't see it. It was free of major damage but I think we can all agree that it needed a few days at the spa for some rejuvenation.

I didn't see the importance or purpose of the lattice that was attached to the top portion of the table. I removed it and replaced it with a cork board covered by some batting and vintage black and white striped fabric. A fashionable message board made more sense to me and added a welcome textural component to the piece.


Wouldn't it be a fun experiment to research the names of our closest friends, family members and associates to determine if the origin and meanings of their names match their personality traits? Just a side note to this post that kept me up last night. I kept on thinking about names from my past and one popped in my head that made me smile. One of the kids from the old neighborhood that I remember was named Roland. It was such an uncommon name during those days. Whenever he was around, we would sing "Rolling on the river" by Tina Turner. There's nothing like having a signature song at the very young age of 6 years old!


Always stay classy,

Julie Hickman

Project Vintage US



Thank you for taking the time to read my blogpost and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments. I started writing pieces and posts to prove to myself I could articulate my thoughts in a way that made sense. I realized soon after that it was somewhat therapeutic to express my thoughts about life's mysterious twists and turns as well as all the wonderful lessons we learn on the way.


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