Semantics with Shakespere

Today’s holiday captures Shakespeare’s overly quoted words: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the spirit of “Choose a Different Name Day,” I thought it might be fun to share a few sites devoted to the definition and distortion of names.

When I logged onto, I found that my name (even though I was previously aware) is Old English in origin, meaning “victorious ship” or “from the island.” Which leaves me to wonder if I should indeed choose a new name for myself. I mean, my complexion is hardly indicative of a life lived on the islands (unless I hail from one off the coast of Canada).

Steering my proverbial ship onward to, I found a bevy of options for my simple name. After typing “Kelsey” and clicking “female,” I was able to choose from an extensive menu of nickname categories, from mobster to superhero. My choice? Pokemon character, naturally. Not only did this site provide me with one fabulous cartoon nickname, but five. So, should I be:

In the end, I’m left to wonder, “Would a Kelsey by the name of Vaporeon really be as sweet?”

Keep on celebrating,

Victorious Ship


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