WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The first interaction you verbally have with someone new when meeting for the first time is asking what their name is. While traveling I have met many new people along the way and greeting each other by a kiss on the cheek or handshake followed by me saying, "Hello, I am McKenzie." After stating my name I get this wide eyed look from the individual or they ask me to repeat myself. I say, "McKenzie" and they repeat it with an enthusiastic accent followed by asking is that your surname? At this point Tanja and I usually laugh and have to go into this explanation of no this is a common name in the states and it is not my surname. I have gotten all kinds of comments from, that is such a long name to how unique and different it is. In Belgrade I find most of the people liking it a lot to the point where they say it repeatedly with a thick accent. I think it gets repeated a lot more here because they rarely hear this name and it flows off of the tongue. You never hear names here ending with an "ie" or "y" sound. I actually like how it sounds with some sort of European accent, gives it a little more life. This got me thinking about what is in a name, the meaning behind it and what kind of significance does it hold to a person.