Names Conversation Questions

Warm-up Question:
What’s your full name?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you like your name? Have you ever considered changing it?
  2. How do people address you? Do they use your name, a title, or some other combination of words?
  3. Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? Who uses it?
  4. Is the meaning of a name important in your culture? Does your name mean anything?
A golden retriever puppy half sitting in a food bowl and half on grass.
  1. What are some common names for pets? Can people have the same names? Why or why not?
  2. How do people in your country choose baby names?
  3. In both 2021 and 2022, in the United States, the most popular baby name for boys was Liam, and for girls it was Olivia. How about in your country?
  4. Have you thought about the names that you might give to your children (if you have them)?
  5. Does a person’s name influence how others think of them? Will the right name help you to have a good life?
  6. In some countries, it is traditional for women to change their name when they get married. What do you think about this?
  7. Which famous person has a cool name? Why do you like it?
  8. What are some names from other cultures that you hear often?
  9. Kids sometimes tease other kids about their name. Can you recall any examples from your childhood?
  10. Do you remember other people’s names easily? If you forget a person’s name, what do you do?
  11. What’s the most common name among your friends? How many people do you know with that name?
  12. In your opinion, is it better to have a common name or an uncommon one?
  13. What were common names in your grandparents’ generation? Do they sound old-fashioned now or are they still popular?
  14. Is there a product or company name that you like? Do you think the name helps their business?

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