Name Games 3

Linz looks into the meaning of her name on her blog, prompting me to look into the meaning of mine:

Your first name of Ellen has made you a friendly, approachable, and generous person. Generally you are good-natured, though at times you can be blunt and sarcastic. As you are naturally talkative, you find it easy to meet and make friends with many people. This name inclines you to be sympathetic and generous to those in difficult or unfortunate circumstances. You can be firm, positive, and independent in your own ideas and in reaching your own decisions, yet when it comes to taking action or following things through to completion, you often need encouragement. You respond quickly to kind words or any appreciation shown you. There are artistic, creative abilities in this name that you could express through music or singing, or, in a practical way, through sewing or interior decorating.

That’s actually a frighteningly accurate picture, right up until that final comma. Then, it takes a serious turn for the wrong, wrong wrong.

I also notice that there’s a lot that’s almost word-for-word lifted from what came up for Lindsay, and this is an Internet Time Waster, so your mileage may vary in terms of accuracy.

As a side note on the topic of names, I still don’t have a nickname at work yet, over six months in. I thought it’d take six hours, given that I have the same name, as the Big Boss.

I’m not complaining, I like my name, although it can be a little confusing to hear people talking and using your name and talking about someone completely different. I now feel the pain of all the Marks, Matts, Dans, and Jons in my life.

It is, however, very funny to watch people suddenly discover work they should be doing anytime anyone says, “Hey Ellen!” as I’m coming around the corner, and then breathe a huge sigh of relief when they realize it’s only me.

3 thoughts on “Name Games

  1. Reply Laz Apr 7,2004 11:29 pm

    I typed in Mark and it took one sentence for me to laugh.

    “The name of Mark gives you a very individual, reserved, serious nature.”

    Ahem.

  2. Reply Laz Apr 7,2004 11:30 pm

    OK, I then typed in Laz and now I’m a little freaked out.

    “Laz as a first name gives you a very independent nature, yet you are friendly, approachable, and generous. You can be a spontaneous, expressive, and talkative person. Generally you are good-natured, though at times you can be rather blunt and sarcastic. This name incorporates creative, artistic, and musical abilities, and there would be an element of originality in all that you do. You like to do things on the spur of the moment without planning or prior arrangements. Your spirits are buoyed up greatly by encouragement and appreciation.”

    I need more people to call me Laz out here. :)

  3. Reply Dork Apr 9,2004 2:51 am

    In the vein of thought introduced by Mark, um, I mean Laz, I wish henceforth to be known as Dork:

    As Dork, you have a natural interest in the welfare of your fellow man, and a desire to help and serve others in a humanitarian way. You are responsible and generous, although somewhat scattering and disorganized at times. Any jobs requiring systematic and conscientious effort, or involving any form of drudgery, dismay you. In your work, you would seek a position offering self-expression through contact with people, such as sales or teaching, or a position giving scope to your creative, artistic talents. You are good-natured and likeable, and people tend to confide in you and seek your advice in personal problems. Others sense your sincere interest and desire to help, and you can always be counted on to see the bright side of any problem.

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