My names are… is one of the challenging factor among English speaking persons while at the Verge of introducing his/herself to the masses.
As simple as that may sound, few guys out there are confused on which one to use when introducing themselves. I watched a recorded video call by Mr. P, introducing himself to one of the Zoomlife winners, as below:
✖ “My names are Peter Okoye…”
This post will address the proper one to use, and when.
Everything under the sun has a name. This includes even the flowers we stop to smell; and humans are no exception.
Undoubtedly, humans are single entities. And as a single person, you bear just a name. Thus, your formal name can be the combination of two or three names. These are your surname, first name and/or middle name.
MY NAME IS
✔My name is James Ebong Akpan
✔My name is Effiong Okon Archibong
✔ My name is Ikwo Etim
✖ My names are Peter Paul Okoye
✔ I am by name, Effiong Paul.
MY NAMES ARE….
✔ My names are Elijah, Bassey, Ete and Shane.
My name is Elijah. I am Bassey to my mother, Grandpa simply calls me Ete; but my friends prefer Shane.
The above should only be used informally. When there’s no point explaining how come you have these different names, please use “my name is…”
✖ The names of my school are College of Education, Afaha Nsit
✔ The name of my school is College of Education, Afaha Nsit.
Note that, it is the combination of these names, surname, first name and/or, middle name that forms your name. Even when introducing yourself in an African way, please stick to “my name is…”
My name is James Idara Ekarika Udo-Idiok Akpan Ekpo.