I do not think much can be explained regarding what exists before we name things. Our minds are connected to reality which strikes us as Vagueness. As a penumbra. Or as I would say, All Embracingly. Reality. That would be the realm of firstness, it seems. That said, it seems also that we keep things in mind in verbal form so that consideration from "firstness" can be inferred. Yes, words are what advances signs to relationship with our reality. There is a sense in which "In the beginning is the word". To coin a phrase.