Cher in the City: Name apparently does define us

What’s in a name? I read once that a person’s name says a lot about their personality and character. With so many people upset over the renaming of the merged ASU (Augusta State University) and GHSU (Georgia Health Sciences University) to GRU (Georgia Regents University), I thought I should put the issue of names and what they say about you to a test.


Apparently there is a whole philosophy about names and how they affect our lives. There are thousands of Web sites where you can type in your name and have it tell you what kind of person you are.

I typed in “Cher” and this is what it said:

• “The name of Cher creates an overly sensitive nature which causes you to sense and feel far more than you can understand or put into words.”

Wow! I am really sensitive sometimes and, yes, I find it hard to express.

• “You have a deep, artistic, and creative side which shows through a love for music and literature.”

That was crazy accurate. I love to write and I do, after all, work at a radio station.

• “You prefer to avoid routine, monotony, and menial tasks. Although the name Cher creates an active mind and a restless urge to explore new ideas, we emphasize that it limits self-expression and friendly congeniality with a moody disposition.”

Me? Moody? What? I beg to differ but I do recall my mom and ex-boyfriends making similar accusations, I mean uhhh, suggestions.

• “The name Cher, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the solar plexus, heart, lungs and bronchial area.

That last one might explain my stomachache and my lightheadedness.

I must say I was pretty impressed by the accuracy of the description. All the things it said about me are words I have heard others say and/or things I have thought of myself.

Given the accuracy of what this Web site said about my name, I tried the same approach with the new university name. Perhaps everybody was wrong and it actually means something good, perhaps it gives off a good energy? At the very least, I should try it.

Since Georgia Regents University isn’t actually a dude, I submitted its first and last names only and left out the word “University.”

Here is what it spit out for Georgia Regents:

• You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You’re always up to something.

• You have a ton of energy, and most people can’t handle you. You’re very intense.

• You definitely are a handful, and you’re likely to get in trouble.

Houston, we have a problem.