"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet." ~Shakespeare
A name is what you make of it.
Like words we give meaning to a name.
Searching about family history can be hard when your name changed at Ellis Island in New York, but it also can bring up amazing results. Chema, my families surname we believe, was changed from Czhema or Schema when it came from Hungary. But search for Chema and you'll probably find a large collection of Hispanic and acronym references. Ranging from famous artists to organizations.
Chema Madoz, [Hispanic] probably one the most well known is this photographer. His works are simple, almost always Black and White and insanely clever.
Chema Mendez, [Spanish] another artist, one whom I greatly admire. His works are intricate and wondrous to look at and study. I have been following his works for many years now on deviantART and I am always impressed by what he creates.
CHema Skandal, [Hispanic] this one is just as bizarre as the name implies. I haven't figured out if it's just the name of an exhibition or the artists "name." Either way, the illustrations are fun and the idea behind the name / exhibit is clever.
Jonathan Chema, [American] a indie filmmaker and photographer who has some really cool work. On his blog he reviews equipment and explains new techniques and his creative ideas.
Chema Diagnostica, [Italian] this company makes diagnostic equipment and they have a pretty neat offering too. According to the FDA in vitro diagnostics are, “tests that can detect diseases, conditions, or infections. Some tests are used in laboratory or other health professional settings and other tests are for consumers to use at home.” My nerdiness is gleeful at this use of Chema.
Chema's Tacos, [Californian] the first time I saw this I cried from laughing. All I know is that the next time I go to CA, this is a planned stop. "I have been coming here since I was a little fat kid," ~ wrote one, apparently, very happy customer.
Chema's Trucking, [Texan] I don't really have any words for this one beyond, I love the glory shot of the rig.
Chema el panadero, Barrio Sésamo, [Hispanic] So this character is on the Sesame Street Hispanic affiliate; he sings, dances, and bakes. Circa 1983-1987.
“Panadero Soy,” his solo song, for your amusement.
As humans, we want our name to be remembered for having done great things. I'll leave you with this last one that has brought a strange amount of pride in me for our kinship of name.
Chema, non-profit organization, [Tanzanian]
Community Habitat Environmental Management
This organization does good works in Tanzania to help villages and the environment. They work with farmers, beekeepers and villages to work towards a common goal; unity.
Unity, that's the main idea of this post; of sharing a name with someone. Marriages and Brands are no stranger to this. A name connects people together for one idea, it represents something. This time it's the Chema element. Even if it's just a handful, Chema connects people and it's important to those of us that bear it.
Ironically in Swahili, Chema means, “a valuable thing.”
So what's in a name?