Sign Language Basics : Sign Language: Names
August 10, 2019
One part of deaf culture is that everyone
has their own sign name.
If you’re trying to call a person by name, you don’t want to have finger spell their
name every time. So one way to resolve that is to assign an identifying sign name. My
sign name signifies my curly hair. Obviously, I do have curly hair. It could be a personality
trait. It could be something that you like to do. Something that identifies you. Some
other sign names might be an initial on your chin. Sometimes they don’t actually have any
sort of meaning at all. Now, it’s not appropriate for you to create your own sign name. A deaf
person would have to assign you that name. My deaf friends assigned me my sign name.
So, it’s important to keep that in mind. Maybe, if you’re out there socializing with deaf
people, someone might identify you with a particular characteristic in assigning your
name. That would be great.