Marie Curie and names

baby name_toned Selecting a name is not something that we take lightly, for whatever it is that you are naming…may it be a baby, a pet, or even a website, we want it to be received with favor. Names for children are often given because we wish to pay respect to another person. It may be a name for an individual who is alive or deceased. Some parents choose names for their newborn after a famous person or just select one that seems to suit that new member by the way they smile; you know that angelic divine baby face gurgle… Pets are often named because of the way they look…like Spot or Fluffy; or the way we wish them to be perceived by temperament such as Lover; and then some pets are named for the way they behave such as Frisky.

A name for an invention or gadget is often delivered with the intent of giving the user a sneak peek at its purpose …like the ever- famous “Salad Spinner” and “Mr. Coffee”. Some names as in a business however, really don’t do anything except perhaps glorify… such as “McDonalds” or “ Trump Tower”.

The idea of pondering names are prevalent as far back as we wish to travel…for we can see that Shakespeare entertained the notion when he wrote the dialogue in Romeo and Juliet Act ii Scene II…
“…What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,..”
Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name nor the Montague family.

Whatever name and for whatever reason we choose, it is most certain that time was or will be spent mulling over that decision. I for one am pleased with the prospect…for the name selected is the one that will carry you for a very long time…

Curie on bank note And so for today’s blog I bring back Marie Curie, world renowned Polish physicist and chemist who together with her husband, Pierre Curie, discovered two new elements… radium and polonium. In July 1898 they were able to announce to the world the definitive discovery of one of these substances…the problem was what to call it, whereby Pierre enlisted his wife to name it.

Let take a moment to read the words of Madame Curie taken from the Proceeding of the Academy …remembering that although she was in France, her heart belonged to her beloved homeland, Poland.

“ We believe the substance we have extracted from pitchblende contains a metal not yet observed, related to bismuth by its analytical properties. If the existence of this new metal is confirmed we propose to call it polonium, from the name of the original country of one of us.”

6 thoughts on “Marie Curie and names

  1. I’ve often wondered of the true origin of my own name. My father, told me it was quite a popular name in Jamaica. An Irish friend, said it was Gaelic and meant “Red, or Red haired”. Then an Indian friend commented that novice Buddhist monks often take the name, as it means “Ascending” in Sanskrit. So, I suppose, it’s quite universal. I’ve only met one other “Rohan”. He was from Barbados!

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