Name, from Middle English. To mention, call, anoint, appoint. Nation, from natio, to birth. Most of us cannot remember our true names before we were given the names we bear. Some names were given to women only as derivatives of their husbands' names. The prefixes to such names simply meant and or of: y, de, de la. My father gave me a surname that meant eagle or haunt of eagles; the first time I shed it to marry, I tried on a new name meaning affection. Even affection can turn brutal or smothering—that didn't become the endgame. I thought about it carefully when I remarried; and again when I raised my right hand in that ritual called becoming American. What name do you choose to call yourself, the only country you will ever have?