Intercultural Communications 6

The challenge learning European names and remembering them was not easy for me at the beginning. However still it is not easy for European people understanding and saying my name. I found a very interesting Austrian animation that also is about the names. Watching these animation, gave me the idea about writing this blog post and have a quick thought about the importance of the names. The story is about a man who is not satisfied with his name and he wants to change his name. It is a short animation which has been made very interesting with a very nice design.

This animation has been made by Benjamin Swiczinsky. He studied at Filmakademie_Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. The technic and character design is very inspiring for me. The music suits the animation very well.

Poeple’s names also differ in different cultures. There are different trends for naming new born children from time to time which also could be a possibility getting more information about the society. I have found an interesting list about Austrian names. Almost no body has these names in Iran, however I am very happy that I know most of these names now.

Iranians have very old names. However after entering Islam, people started naming their children islamic names as well as old Persian names. Nowadays people mostly use old Iranian names showing the concept of “getting back to the roots”. There is also even a historical name changing. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah asked foreign delegates to use the Persian term Iran (meaning the land of Aryans in Persian), the endonym of the country, in formal correspondence. Subsequently, the common adjective for citizens of Iran changed from Persian to Iranian. Another example are these names with their meanings that I have found from Disney website.