Though Piggy places an emphasis on knowing the names of the other boys on the island, it is interesting that no one ever asks Piggy what his real name is. Piggy is the one who comes up with the idea of making a list of all the boys' names as...
Though Piggy places an emphasis on knowing the names of the other boys on the island, it is interesting that no one ever asks Piggy what his real name is. Piggy is the one who comes up with the idea of making a list of all the boys' names as a sort of record. Piggy is also the boy who begins collecting names after the conch shell brings them together.
When Piggy first meets Ralph, he quickly asks for Ralph's name. Not only does Ralph not ask for Piggy's name in return, but through the narrator, we are given to understand that he thinks of Piggy simply as "the fat boy." Piggy even attempts to "hint" to Ralph that Ralph has failed to ask Piggy for his name, and he is then forced to be more forthright in noting that he doesn't care what the boys on the island call him as long as it isn't the nickname they used at school: Piggy.
Piggy shares this information with Ralph as a desperate attempt toward camaraderie, but it doesn't work. Instead, Ralph ridicules Piggy and even shares the shameful nickname with the entire group in an effort to sway their favor toward himself. We learn quite a bit of Piggy's background throughout the story, but his real name is never revealed.
This is indicative of how insignificant Piggy—and his wisdom—is to the group. The boys view him as annoying and expendable. His identity is not important to them, and when Ralph is finally rescued, he realizes how little Piggy was valued:
Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
Although the boy was "called" Piggy, Ralph realizes that he never knew his friend's real name. Thus, Piggy dies as an outcast, hated for his wisdom; no one cared enough about him to even ask the simple truth about his given name.