Wear your name with pride, make your parents proud, and ensure your own children have something worthwhile to live up to.

For some people their family name is no big deal, it’s just a surname they happened to be born with. For others, it is hugely significant and acts as a badge of honour which best epitomises the values and traditions they hold dear. Their family name is an integral link between both the past and the future.

Those who are fiercely proud of their family name are well aware of the importance of upholding its reputation and good standing in the eyes of others. A stain on the name is a blemish on the generation that has gone before and the generations to come. It’s actions, not words which make a person, and a family name is built on the reputations of those who carry it.
A person’s surname identifies them as belonging to a particular group of people. It announces to the world who you are and where you belong. It is also the best tool anyone can have when it comes to tracing their roots. There are literally hundreds of thousands of surnames, and all of them come with their own unique history.

Family names can be derived from a multitude of sources. Some are based on nicknames and physical tributes. Others have their genesis in the places our ancestors lived, the trades they plied, the role they played in society, and some simply come from heraldic charges.

Yet as the centuries passed the people who carried these names forward and passed them to their ancestors invested their own values, traditions, and reputation in them. A family name is always something to be proud of. It is the bridge that connects you with the past and spans the gap into the future. It is who you are and where you came from.

As the famous basketball player Dwyane Wade once said, “My name is very important to me. I’m representing the Wade name. I’ve got the name on the back of my jersey when I play. I walk around with that name. That’s my family name, the name my son will grow up with. So, it’s very important to me.”

These words are echoed by many we feature in this issue. In Daniel Edgar’s words, “Your strength is in your name, always take the name that was given to you and make it a point to keep it clean. When I got my name, it was clean with a good reputation. Protecting your name and passing that down is important… and being aware of that your name is something that’s precious that you hold from your family”.

Your name is also what connects you to your relatives, close or distant. You might reconnect with someone you lost touch over the years or you might even discover you have a relative nearby that you never knew about.

The Kreol Magazine’s motto says, “Separated by Water but United by Culture”. Our aim here, at Kreol Magazine, is to unite and bring people together. Your name may just be the right tool to achieve this.

Georgina Dhillon