It depends on how you are planning to handle the CActiveForm in your controller later on. If you would like to mass assign your attributes to a model then I suggest you stick with Yii default name. But to answer your question no you don’t have to stick with Yii way of naming ‘id’ and ‘name’ attributes. May be if you provide a use case scenario it will be much easier to answer questions
Generally speaking you would be better throw away the current development style of your own (at least for the moment), if you ever want to maximize the benefit of using Yii.
I don’t think it’s easy to cherry pick the goodies of Yii into your, say, homemade framework. It’s because Yii is not a library but a framework.
Instead, try to comprehend the way Yii works and accustom yourself to it. Then you will find a way to utilize your knowledge about HTML, bootstrap and jQuery … in fact it will surely help you make a good app with Yii.