Anyone who names something will know that this seemingly simple process can take more bandwidth than expected! For us, it is because, in a way, every new bag is an addition to our family. In each new design sits our desire for love, admiration and the success of the product. Sometimes the inspiration behind the design reveals a unique character that begs a name. But often the individual development and sample making process progresses without a name unfolding.
So the etymology of modern names is more or less meaningless, or at the very least esoteric in the Western society. We have moved beyond the antiquated notions that status, station, profession or standing is directly attributed one’s family signature status. There are still many cultures and societies where names always carry meaning and relevance, but luckily for us, we can select monikers and titles by trend and design.
We found this out while researching, what we thought was fun and ‘happy’ name, Lola. This name selected for one of our latest feather designs evokes a lightness and fun frivolity. Imagine the surprise when its Spanish origin revealed it is the short form of the name Dolores. Taken from one of the titles of the Virgin Mary, meaning “sorrows.”
The Virgin Mary reference exposed an article about modern name governance. In September 2017 a judge in Tennessee ordered that parents change their 7-month-old baby boy’s name from “Messiah” to “Martin” because the name Messiah is a title that has “only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ.” Yes, there are rules governing naming. In many cultures, names may be a complex, and even in Western Cultures where a names etymology no longer has importance, there are a surprising number of regulations as to what can, and cannot be done
The Celebration of names.
Remembering a beloved. Continuing family traditions. Inspired by fame. Trendsetters. The list of inspirations is extensive for modern names. The origins will always remain interesting, and often relevant, but with a new expressive and eclectic mix of gender-neutral and specific names comes a celebration of a unique and individualistic world.
‘Lola Once in love with her you’re in love forever’ from sorrows to celebration, we love the name.