Before you read this, ask yourself: "what does my name mean?" If you don't already know, I'm here to ✨inspire✨ you to learn.
Dr. Andrew Reinhard, an archeologist of "digital things & the recent past," asked users to introduce themselves as their names' meanings.
Reinhard told BuzzFeed, "The meme looked like a lot of fun so I reposted it for my followers as a welcome distraction to [waves hands around at everything]. I had no idea it would take off like it did, but the responses were amazing, very fun and positive."
Some names make you want to frolic in a field of flowers.
Others sound like someone you'd meet on an epic journey.
And some sound like they came right out of a movie.
Reinhard was excited to see the thread go global.
Some names carry an air of royalty.
Some may have even found relatives in the thread.
There are names that sound like titles of bestselling novels.
And others were not as...poetic.
"On a deeper level, a number of people said they'd never explored their names' origins, and they learned something."
"As humans, I think we're hard-wired to share information, and more fundamentally, to share an emotional experience. At a superficial level, this game was fun because almost everyone came out sounding like a character from Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, or a fantasy RPG. It left me wondering why we don't walk around introducing ourselves as 'Strong Dark Counselor' (my name)."