The Story of Your Name
What's in a name? More than we often realize.
This is an interesting, novel way for people to introduce themselves to
others, especially in ethnically diverse groups.
Ensure that an appropriate group atmosphere is established in which
people have already done some initial warm-up activities and name games.
Ask participants to turn to a partner and explain what your name means
(if anything) and where it comes from.
Most people reveal a surprising amount of interesting information about
where their name comes from and what it means.
The greater the ethnic and cultural diversity in the group, the better this exercise tends
Can be specifically used to help build intercultural respect and
understanding or to more generally help develop self-identity and open
respect and sharing.
Optional: Ask each person to introduce his/her partner to the larger
group and to explain what his/her name means and where it comes from.
Optional: The activity can be extended into revealing the background
behind other names e.g.,
Time: ~30 mins
Where does your name come from? Share
the story of where your name comes from and what your name means.
Everyone's name has a surprisingly interesting origin. Helps to
build intercultural respect and understanding.
What's In a Name?