ENCINITAS — What’s in a name? Sharón Lynn Wyeth will discuss this and how writers can select the best names for their characters at the next meeting of Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 30 at the Encinitas Community Center.
Wyeth is author of, “Know the Name, Know the Person: Decoding Letters to Reveal Secrets Hidden in Names” and creator of Neimology science. “Neim” means “name” and “ology” means “science” in Latin.
Put simply, Neimology is to letters what numerology is to numbers, and astrology is to celestial bodies. Placement determines who we are.
Glenna Bloemen recruited Wyeth to speak at the meeting.
“Our focus is helping authors to sell books,” she explained. “There are a lot of mechanics to writing a book: the story line, development and building conflict and resolving that conflict. Everything has to work together. If the characters’ names don’t work, the storyline won’t work.”
Bloemen describes a person’s name as their “branding icon.”
“We know that some names are associated with good guys and some with bad guys, and Sharón takes it a step farther. Her whole concept is vowels, consonants and combinations of letters that all have certain meanings. As you put each piece of the puzzle together, they form a picture.”
In addition to character naming, Neimology can be used to name a baby, even a business.
In the March 19 issue of the Huffington Post, Wyeth discussed how Neimology can be used to choose a spouse. She used actor Brad Pitt as an example, explaining that he and Angelina Jolie have a synchronicity because they share an “a” in the first vowel in their first name which indicates that they both have a desire to get work done first. On the other hand, the first vowel in the first name of Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Anniston, begins with an “e” which indicates that she communicates from her emotions. Though different first vowels may be an issue with couples, Wyeth says it’s not insurmountable.
Wyeth’s study of Neimology began when she was a mathematics major and continued as a math teacher and vice principal.
“Certain patterns began to emerge in names, which I became cognizant of when creating seating charts at the beginning of my seventh year of teaching,” she explained. “I automatically wanted males whose names started with the letter ‘J’ to sit where they would not distract other children and I could supervise closely. I did not want children with the first vowel of ‘U’ to sit too closely to other children who also had the first vowel of a ‘U’ as I didn’t want them to entertain each other with their playfulness. These were just a few ways I used to create seating charts to maximize an effective, disciplined classroom.”
After 22 years in education, she was able to single out the individual letters and combinations of letters that were associated with different patterns. In time, she learned to discern the gifts or positive attributes of letters within each name.
When Wyeth left the education field, she started teaching workshops and testing her theories during travels throughout the United States, and 70 countries abroad, to see if they were applicable to different cultures and languages.
“I also looked at all names in the Old Testament to see if the personalities and the actions of the people matched how I would interpret their names,” she explained. Her theories were borne out.
At some point, Wyeth plans to integrate numerology, astrology and Neimology so that she can work with expectant parents to create a harmonious name for their newborn baby.
“Truths help us to know who we are and why we are here so we don’t waste our time,” she said. “I think people with a purpose are healthier, more productive and happier because they have a reason for what they are doing.”