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Names And Symbols


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When we created a new middle school team we wanted our new name to be something original and with heft and depth. Asking for suggestions, we wanted our kids to know the full weight of a name and its meaning (and baggage). This works with literature classes, too, and gets kids thinking about symbols and the like.

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Names And Symbols

  1. 1. Names and Symbols<br />
  2. 2. What’s in a Name?<br />
  3. 3. Harry<br />Medieval English form of HENRY or HAROLD<br />
  4. 4. Henry and Harold<br />Henry: From the Germanic name Heimiric, which meant &quot;home ruler”.<br />Harold: From the Old English name Hereweald meaning <br /> &quot;leader of the army&quot;<br />
  5. 5. Deconstruct a Name<br />
  6. 6. Gryffindor<br />Griffin + Dor<br />
  7. 7. Griffin<br /> Creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle.<br />
  8. 8. Lion and Eagle<br /> Lion: King of the jungle<br /> Eagle: King of the birds/sky<br />
  9. 9. Dor<br />French for “of gold”.<br />Gold is symbolic of royalty <br />and heaven<br />
  10. 10. Gryffindor<br />Griffin + Dor<br />king+power+royalty+heavnly+good+ruler….<br />
  11. 11. Other Telling Names<br />Neville Longbottom<br />Professor Sprout<br />Minerva McGonagall<br />Draco Malfoy<br />Voldemort (vol-de-mort)<br />
  12. 12. Do these names lead to juvenile delinquency?<br />Alec<br />Ernest<br />Garland<br />Ivan<br />Kareem<br />Luke<br />Malcolm<br />Preston<br />Tyrell<br />Walter<br />
  13. 13. Studies show….<br /> The more unlikely the name, the more likely the boy was to perform delinquent acts.<br />If you’re teased mercilessly your entire childhood for your name, you become an angry, bitter person, and you lash out in a way that could be negative.<br />Boys are judged by their names when it comes to manliness and trustworthiness. Some names just command less respect for the individual than others.<br /> Odd named people have trouble finding jobs, leading to a tough life and bitterness.<br />Having an unusual name leads to unfavorable reactions in others, which then leads to unfavorable evaluations of the self.<br />
  14. 14. Symbols<br />
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  17. 17. Color<br />Yellow (Hufflepuff) is associated with happiness, optimism, intelligence, wealthBlue (Ravenclaw) is a symbol of men, the sea, productivity, unity, nobility, strength, and steadfastnessRed (Gryffindor) is a symbol of passion, strength, energy, ambition, and leadership. It is also a symbol of blood and war and anger.Green (Slytherin) is a symbol of youth and fertility, good luck and vigor. Also a symbol of misfortune and jealousy. In Middle Ages, color of devil.<br />
  18. 18. Snake<br />Deceitfulness<br />Guardianship<br />Poison<br />Renewal<br />Vengefulness<br />
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  20. 20. Other Symbols<br />
  21. 21. What’s in a symbol?<br />
  22. 22. Case Study<br />
  23. 23. Crusader v. Redhawk<br />
  24. 24. Crusader<br />
  25. 25. Crusader<br />Pro<br />Brave<br />Fierce<br />Stands for beliefs<br />Active<br />Western<br />Makes for good logo<br />Works with color red<br />Tradition<br />Con<br />Christian<br />Has big cross on shield<br />Killed Muslims<br />U.S. currently at war in Middle East against radical Islamists<br />Violent<br />What does it mean for a sports team?<br />
  26. 26. Redhawk<br />
  27. 27. Redhawk<br />Pro<br />Con<br />Brave<br />Fierce<br />Victory<br />Good omen<br />Vision<br />Big picture<br />Focus and control<br />Truth<br />Spiritual<br />Red is CVU’s color already.<br />Not crusader<br />No local/emotional attachment<br />It’s a bird!<br />Lousy call<br />Violent predator<br />What does it mean for a sports team?<br />
  28. 28. DREAM<br />INFINITY<br />GALAXY<br />
  29. 29. What would make a good team name?<br />