Re: Are personal names universal?

Paul Ciszek (
9 Dec 1996 22:19:24 -0700

Phillip E Werst <> writes:

>I am not able to answer your question, but that is something that I have
>wanted to do to a child of mine. Never name it and just let it (he/she)
>decide their own name when they got old enough to realize that they didn't
>have a name. I am wondering if they would even have a desire for a name.

Experimenting on children is NOT A GOOD IDEA!

If, as it seems, every human culture has personal names, then names are
most likely part of being human. If you deny your child a name, it may
not be possible to reverse the damage later. Not naming your child would
certainly be grounds for a nasty visit from Social Services.

Paul Ciszek When we are planning for posterity, we
ought to remember that virtue is not
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