The Overcoat

why is the story of how akaky got name important

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The narrator explains that Akaky got his name because it was the "least ridiculous" of the names that his godparents suggested to his mother when he was a baby.  Other than just sounding funny, his name could be attributed to  St. Acacius, a priest who was famous for living a simple life like Akaky. In any case there is a lsubdued ack of identity when it comes to his name: this very much reflects the lack of identity that Akaky suffers throughout his life.