The Name Wayne


  • Talented
  • Adaptable
  • Shrewd
  • Closed
  • Suspicious
  • Misunderstood

About the Name Wayne

Like fine wines, WN names tend to evoke images of people who are complex, interesting, and often misunderstood. Perhaps this stems from the W’s strong connection to the mysterious elements in life (wild, wooly, wonderful and weird) and the fact that the letter N is so often associated with cynicism and negativity (nervous, naysaying, no, not, nag, nix, ninny, and naught). When these two letters occur in close proximity to each other, they create the off-balance qualities found in: whine, winsome, winter, wind, wonky, and wink.

If it’s true that WNs are somewhat isolated people whose attempts at communication are often misconstrued, one can’t deny that they also posses a creative streak second to none. But the thing that really defines the WNs’ essence is their intelligence. It’s not the conventional book-smartness that we find in more practical people, it’s an odd combination of street-smarts and emotional intelligence that is usually only found in artists and philosophers. WNs can be realistic when making important decisions, but if given their druthers, they’d live in a world in which there were no choices to be made.

Because they’re so aware of themselves, it can be difficult to get a handle on what they think about you. Perhaps they enjoy the unease they create in people, but when they turn on the charm you’ll wonder why you ever doubted their intentions in the first place. Somewhere deep down, the whimsical WNs know exactly why others misinterpret their motives.

WNs have so many levels of complexity that unraveling them all will provide more surprises than a Michael Jackson documentary. Their hot-and-cold oscillations make them perfect for careers that require oblique thinking -- rather than analytical thought. Acting, for example, would be compatible with their rather elusive personalities, as would design, marketing and party planning. Although WNs will accept jobs requiring close social contact, most are not comfortable in situations where they have to act as role-models to others and usually steer clear of the teaching and counseling professions.

With all their intricate machinations, WNs are not easy people to bond with and it’ll take a persistent suitor to win their confidence. Even once you’ve gained their trust, you’ll find a familiar WN pattern: they’ll dance nervously away from their emotions at first, then give themselves over to commitment with surprising abandon.