"Goethe once remarked about how sensitive we are about our names"

   Reference to an anecdote in Book Ten of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's autobiography.  He recounts how his friend, the poet Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), sent him a note which played on the similarity between his name and the German words götter (god), Goten (Goths), and kot (dung). 

Online edition of Goethe's autobiography, 'Truth and Poetry: From my Own Life', translated by John Oxenford, (1848)