What is the meaning of [A rose by another name would smell as sweet]

It is not what a thing is called that matters, but what it _is_. The same
applies to people

The quotation comes from Shakespeare’s tragedy, _Romeo and Juliet_. The two
chief families in Verona, the Capulete and the Montagues, are long-standing
enemies. Romoe who is a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, who is a
Capulete, and she with him. Knowing that there can be no marriage between the
two houses, Juliet laments that she was born a Capulete and he a Montague.

> ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy …
> What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
> By any other name would smell as sweet.