What’s in a name?

I’ve always been intrigued with the meanings behind names.

Some are fairly obvious: Smith, Cooper, Thatcher, Baker etc

Some seem to have meaning lost back in the mists of time (or another language).

In the end they are all just a collection of arbitrary letters that somewhere along the line have had a concept attached to them.

I try to stop philosophizing at this point or I start to get a headache.

It’s also intriguing that some names seem to suit an older person, while some only seem appropriate for a child.
At some point these names must have applied to all ages of a person.
It’s all a matter of perception and who you associate that name with.

There are names you don’t like because they make you think of an ex, or a kid who picked on you at school, or someone who just gave you the creeps.

There are a names you love because they make you think of a certain person, or time, or place.

Some parent choose names purely because of their meaning (and the children probably spend the rest of their lives explaining it).

One of my favourites is Penelope  – From Greek penelops, a type of duck.  (I really like ducks!)

A rubber duck. Français : Un canard en plastiq...

My name’s meanings seem to have a lot of variations on a theme:

* From the wood, or the meadow’s edge.  (Old English)
* Sloped meadow  (English)
* From the sloping field  (English)
* Clearing on a bank  (Old English)
* Spring Field (English)
* Little lamb, ewe, one with purity (Hebrew)
* Wood on a slope (English)

But that is what happens when you google yourself…

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5 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. Reneesme – YES! I thought the same thing when I read the book. I thought “are you KIDDING ME? How incredibly cheesey!”

    As for my name, apparently, its derivation is uncertain; it could come from “blac”, a nickname for someone who had dark hair or skin, or from “blaac”, a nickname for someone with pale hair or skin. Yes, there is a lot of “gray area” where the origin of the name Blake is concerned. HA! 😉

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