That’s Not My Name

By July 16, 2013 Blog

This morning I got a  present from my brother and soon to be sister-in-law, (woopwoop!) It’s a little bag with a personalised case.  On the cover they write your name, with an explanation of its meaning. So if I was called Michael it would be: ‘Noble Warrior’.  Or if I was a Jenny, it would be ‘Giver of Hope’. My parents planned to call me Matthew, but it didn’t work out.  Which means there’s no wriggling away from ‘Emma’.This is …Read More


By May 9, 2011 Blog

Writing in last week’s Guardian, Clare Allen, who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, says this: ‘Diagnoses of mental health problems feel personal in a way that physical health problems don’t…a personality disorder is precisely that, a disordered personality; the problem is not an illness, the problem is you.’ Names are important.  They not only describe, but circumscribe.  They explain, but they also imprison.  When we label others, we ‘re often making value judgements not just about them, but …Read More

Had Enough?

By March 18, 2011 Blog

As you can see from the title of the blog, my understanding is that names can be very important. My own name, Emma, means ‘universal’ or ‘of the universe’, which I’ve always considered to be fairly rubbish. No offense to the universe, but isn’t that a polite way of saying ‘common’? Saying this, it could be worse. ‘Glen’ means ‘ditch’. I was thrilled when a friend told me recently that Emma can also be translated as ‘whole’.  Given the amount …Read More