Names matter a lot. Just like people judge a book by its cover, they judge an idea, company, or whatever by the name. As one of the most important things, we do when we coach a business owner is to help them really think through the name of their company and what it is truly meant to represent.
Remembering a name – and saying it – is always a genuine compliment.
Forget someone's name, mispronounce it, or misspell it – Big Trouble!
Remembering names is important because it makes people feel important and valued to one another and encourages them to be more comfortable working or speaking with you. By using someone's name and remembering it, shows a greater connection to who that person is to you.
When someone uses your name repeatedly in a discussion, this clearly means that person is trying to involve you and wants your engagement, and wants that conversation to be interactive, hence, they look for responses and feedback.
Learning your students' names is the first step in knowing who they are. Calling students by name converse respect, help them feel recognized as individuals, and helps to draw out and include withdrawn students in classroom deliberations. Also, in many school settings, calling teachers by their first names is a deliberate and values-driven choice and in a practice where students call adults by their first names, this helps break down unproductive barriers and engenders mutual respect between the adults and students.
Some researchers have found an unusual association between the name of a person and their personality. They even go so far as to say that people with the same names seem to have similar personalities. Turner (2009) observes that Levitt (2005) theorizes that one's name can affect their ability to succeed. Mandinda Elias Mabuza DOI: 10.2436/15.8040.01.86
There is new research that shows names may even tell us about more than just social background; that a name may affect future decisions about marriage and career. Psychologist Brett Pelham, who has studied hundreds of thousands of names, said they can significantly affect one’s life, even to making decisions on an individual’s profession.
Economists Steve Levitt and Roland Fryer studied decades' worth of children's names. They discovered there is no connection between what your parents named you and your economic future. This is good news for people whose name isn't Rich. But that doesn't mean your name won't impact your future success.
When one is born, one is given an identity through a name and that name helps differentiate one from another. While most cultures' naming methods differ significantly, the impact of a name on identity is intercultural.
According to Kris Wolfe: “Identity is not just who we are currently, but who we are called to be”.
Good hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin are released into the brain when our ears encode that our name has just been said aloud. This burst of excitement makes people happy and sends unconscious signals such as empathy, trust, and compassion to the unconscious brain.