The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

On the naming of children and adults.

A couple of days ago, Tiarnan, 7, approached me with a concerned look in his troubled eyes.

“Do people’s names change when they get older?” He asked, rather intently.

“Why?”, I invited, softly.

“Because Tiarnan sounds like a little boy’s name.”, said my little boy, with a not so little frown.

“Tiarnan means Lord.” I said by way of countering him.

He imbibed the word, Lord, and considered it whether it was worthy. He didn’t seem convinced. Clearly, the sound of the name, overwhelmed whatever meaning it might have for him.

I found this exchange rather enlightening for what it says about Tiarnan’s inner thoughts. It is evident that he is looking ahead, to a time when he would be an adult. He is considering what it might be like to have his present name, in that time...and finds it wanting. It also means he is forming external perspectives on his own name, coming to an understanding of how other (adults) might perceive it. This is quite mature reflection for such a little boy.

Then again, I wonder who or what has led him to be unsatisfied with his name. It is a fine name in my view and has a worthy meaning. I will have to ask him about it.

All our children have well chosen names, with interesting meanings. Each name is, in effect, a little story. I won’t delve here, into the full meaning of their names, for that is a personal matter – but I do believe that names should be chosen with the greatest care.

I hope, one day, Tiarnan might like his name, as much as we do.

Posted by Valentine Cawley

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Blogger Steve Bradford said...

Fun Fact: I named my last child after Tiarnan from this very blog. I liked the name immensely and my daughter, 3, is named Phoebe Tighearnan. I used an older spelling and it's one of her middle names. Your son might be interested to know...


11:53 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you, Steve, for letting us know. I have just told Tiarnan what you revealed...and he was most shy to hear it! I think he was touched.

I quite agree: Tiarnan is a wonderful name...and the spelling you have chosen is quite rare - so well done on the uniqueness front.

I wish you luck on raising your children - and wisdom in naming them.

7:33 AM  

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