Namesakes: The Experience of Sharing One’s Full Name with a Celebrity

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The study investigates the relationships, attitudes, and emotions about oneself, one’s identity, singularity, and relatedness as they emerge from qualitative, in-depth interviews with Israelis who happen to share the same given name and surname of famous Israelis. Analyzing their experiences resulted in three core themes organized along two axes: a substantive axis covering identity and namesake and an instrumental axis related to non-typical functions of the name as well as intersubjective management and onomastic strategies. These two axes, highlighted through namesakes, intersect in the real-life experiences of the interviewees, helping to inform a theory of personal names.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-103
Number of pages16
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 American Name Society.


  • Hebrew
  • Israel
  • celebrity
  • given name
  • identity
  • namesake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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