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The Name Game
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.37

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Mosi, infamous, cultural, popularity, muslims, traditional, identify, description, commonly, silversmith, meaning, surname, inheritance, version, indicate, beloved
     content words:    Roman Catholic, Robert Jackson, William Robertson, United States
The Name Game

By Mary Lynn Bushong
1     What is it that every person has, even if he or she doesn't like it? Give up? It's a name!
 
2     Sometimes we like our names, and sometimes we'd rather have a different one. Parents often have many reasons for choosing the names they give to their children.
 
3     Many times, people choose a certain given name because it is common in the family. It's a way of giving an inheritance of history. This is especially true with the names of grandparents or great-grandparents.
 
4     The names within a family often indicate the family's cultural origins. If your name is Dylan or Ceredwen, it could indicate a Welsh heritage. A name like Sven or Bjorn would point toward a Scandinavian heritage. Names like Bridget or Kenneth are common to Scottish and Irish families.
 
5     Names often run in cycles. Conquered people might not be allowed to use names that set them apart but would be strongly encouraged to choose common names of the conqueror's heritage. Sometimes many children would be named after a popular governing figure. The Saxon name of Athelston was not uncommon up to the 1900s, but you are not likely to hear it now. The same is true of the Irish name Blathmac. It was popular in early Ireland but not so today. Many names that were common even forty years ago have fallen in popularity, while unusual names, like Ashley or Brianna, have become common.

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