I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

~ Paul McCartney ~

How’s Your Love Match First Name Compatibility?

August 20th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 52 secs

If he’s Peter and I’m Mary, why should I bother about Paul?

Have you ever considered doing a love match first name compatibility test? No? Well, while I love first name compatibility matches, I don’t taken them even slightly seriously. Instead, to me, they’re hilarious. Horatio and Harriet, Michaela and Mungo, and the ever patient Algie and Eunice never make the hit list. But never fear because there are always plenty of regular names tipped as the ideal titles to confirm that certain, special relationship.

So you can see I’m not a convert. How can anyone tell you whether you should invest your life together with another person, let alone dictate by how well your names go together? Surely, the quality of our relationships is more important than that. I mean, deciding your life by declaring your love match first name compatibility has got to be skating on mighty thin ice. I’d say it’s about as reliable as discerning your suitability through the yoghurt you both eat! Actually, somebody has probably done that already!

So, what will those so-called love match first name compatibility experts tell you? “Ah my dear, you will never marry zis man. Ee is no good for you. Viz a first name like Matt, ee vill always want to keep lying in front of zee door.”

Actually, while I love first name compatibility tests for their tongue in cheek amusement, I think I’m sufficiently tickled by the esoteric nature of names themselves (think: Lurch, think Orangello, Lemongello, and Iveprofin, for starters).  Now of course, with a name like Christian, I ought to take my own medicine, and I do. Right from my school days, a mob of cheeky Greek boys always liked to sidle up and ask, “How’s it going Muslim?” Or, “What are doing, Krishna?” But I could cope. I just blessed them, sprinkled them with a bit of tap water, and went on my way.

With a bit of mental twiddling, names like Tyler might suggest a career in bathroom renovation. Or, how about Ted for snuggling up with in bed, and Bob for emphatic agreement? All of which is completely silly! But then, it gets worse. Thanks to cultural divides, we sometimes can’t make head or tale of names at all. Some are positively incomprehensible, whilst others tend toward the slightly embarrassing (for instance, Randy is a fine name and alright in America, but it definitely isn’t recommended in Australia). Taken in a lighthearted way, doing a love match first name compatibility test could be good fun. And so it should be. But make it serious, or take it personally and pretty soon the little sense it has makes no sense at all.



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