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  • Writer's pictureSonya Leeding

What’s in a name?

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” William Shakespeare uses this line in his play Romeo and Juliet to convey that the naming of things is irrelevant. But is it really? Does a person’s name not only uniquely identify them but are there certain character traits that define that particular name?

What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?

My dating life has included a couple of Dave’s, the Dave’s of our lives, well David’s to be precise. This piece came about because at the time of writing I felt like I was surrounded by


After speaking with a couple of other girlfriends it has become apparent that they too are dating or have dated a Dave or two.


Let me just clarify, I’m not actually dating anyone, but I have a couple of male acquaintances named Dave. One who I have known for years and one who I was lucky enough to come across in February 2022.


My school-mum friend, dating a Dave, and her ex-partner is also Dave.


My hairdresser, dating a Dave.


We are surrounded by Dave’s.


So why all of a sudden is Dave the flavour of the month and why is Dave everywhere? What’s in a name?


There has been recent conjecture that ‘a Dave’ is the male equivalent of ‘a Karen’, sorry to all the Karen’s, please don’t request to speak to the manager.


Is it because that people our age has a number of mates or acquaintances named Dave and it was a popular name back then (for the record, I’m a 1978 model)? Not that Dave is a boring name but when we were all babies our parents weren’t of the mind that they had to have something different to call their kid to ensure that they stood out and didn’t have the same name as anyone else.


So, what does the name David mean? This name has biblical roots and means “beloved.” It is derived from the Hebrew named Dawid, which evolved from the Hebrew word dod (beloved). In the Bible, David is an important figure and appears in the Old Testament second king of Israel.


So, there you have it, it’s a biblical name, back when going to church on a Sunday was the done thing. Let me tell you, neither of the Dave’s I have been with have been very biblical in the religious sense, maybe in the bedroom but that’s not really what this blog is about.


The Dave’s I know are dependable, responsible and all-round good guys. This seems to be the consensus more often than not but does that mean that everybody needs a Dave in their lives. Is life really better with a Dave? Maybe, maybe not.


What’s in a name? Does it define who you are? We named our children because there was something about their names that identified them, something that made them unique. But does a name affect your personality? One of my Dave’s is a Libran, and the other is a Sagittarius, so I’m wondering if it depends what time of year they were born. But then if I am being guided by the stars, he could be called anything and it wouldn’t matter what his name was, it would only matter if the stars aligned.


I know of a couple of male friends who after a breakup have gone on to date women with the same names as their ex, I mean, does it make it easier when trying to remember which name to call out during moments of intimacy, or is it something to do with the name itself. Maybe their names define some unique part of them that separates them from the rest. But what would I know? I can only say that both the Dave’s I know were completely different, the only common factor was me.


The probability of meeting a Dave or two. I would suggest highly likely considering the popularity of the name, or maybe it’s just the era in which we belong. Now I’m just waiting for the next Dave story. By the way, the hairdressers Dave, rotten scoundrel who couldn’t keep it in his pants. One name but I have come across so many different versions of Dave.


My best mate has never dated a Dave. Is she missing out or has she just avoided a disaster? So, I guess it’s up to the Dave to prove that no, he is not a Karen, but he is a Dave, his own person with his own quirks and maybe one day he will ask to speak to the manager.

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