According to the python toolbox documentation, a Parameter's name attribute is:
The parameter name as shown in the tool's syntax in Python.
Right. That doesn't mean much. What is it used for? Can I reference a parameter with it in code?
So some tool dialog's get burdened with parameters. Are we really supposed to refer to all by index and remember the order? When we move things around, renumber our code?
There's got to be a better way, but I'm still looking.