Since time began, names have symbolised human society. Of all the creatures of the earth, mankind alone has the ability to bestow names. It is almost impossible to imagine a world in which people do not have names. Apart from life itself, a personal name is usually the first important gift that parents give to their child. The personal name is one of the very first things a child internalises and its importance, its impact upon that child’s future cannot be overstated.
In many of the world’s most ancient civilisations, the personal name was believed to be a manifestation of the soul. Indeed, the name was regarded as the very essence of the individual. While today, we do not necessarily believe that the name and the soul are one, most would agree that a name can influence an individual’s self esteem. For this reason parents-in-waiting quite rightly tend to give much time and thought to naming the baby.
We all have a name, and most of us are curious to know the origin and meaning and the story behind our own and our loved ones names. So, here at First Names Direct, we produce First Name Scrolls that not only inform, but also make charming gifts for people of all ages.