Step 1:  Onomatology is the study of proper names.  Click below to review the full

             definition.  Once you have opened up the link, type out the word onomatology in a word document and save. You will be doing more work on this saved document.



 Step 2:    Read the vignette, "My Name" by Sandra Cisneros.  Answer the questions below when done.  Make sure you turn in your answers before you leave. 

“My Name” by Sandra Cisneros from The House on Mango Street
In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness,
it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.
It was my great-grandmother's name and now it is mine. She was a horse woman too,
born like me in the Chinese year of the horse--which is supposed to be bad luck if you're born female-but I think this is a Chinese lie because the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't like their women strong. My great-grandmother. I would've liked to have known her, a wild, horse of a woman, so wild she wouldn't marry. Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier. That's the way he did it. And the story goes she never forgave him. She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window. At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth. But in Spanish my name is made out of a softer something, like silver, not quite as thick as sister's name Magdalena--which is uglier than mine. Magdalena who at least- - can come home and become Nenny. But I am always Esperanza. I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees. Esperanza as Lisandra or Maritza or Zeze the X. Yes. Something like Zeze the X will do.


            1.  Think about the girl's reaction to her name.  Why does she want another name?

            2.  What do you think about the name she would choose for herself,  Zeze the X?

            3.  Why do you think she liked this name?

            4.  Do the names of  others affect the way you react to them?

            5.  Why does exchanging names seem so important when you first meet someone?

            6.  What about your name?  Do you like it?  How do you think others perceive it?

            7.  What other name might you choose for yourself if you were free to do so?



 Step 3:  What about your name? Do you know what it means? Start by doing some research on your name.  Try the links below.



 Step 4:   For homework ask your parents why they gave you your name. Write a short paragraph including this information.  You will be sharing this information with the class tomorrow.

Step 5:  Have you ever wondered how common your name really was?  Well, wonder no more; click on the link below and find out.  When done, type how popular your name was in the year

           Year of  2006.

            Name:____________ Rank:  ___________


Step 6:  Now that you know all about your name, create a Name Poem using the template provided below.   Print it out when you are done. I  have also included a sample poem for you to view.