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What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:57 pm

If you are comfortable sharing your first name, I'm curious as to how it was chosen and if there is a meaning.

My name, Zach, is based on the prophet Zachariah. One of his most famous sayings was, "Not by might and not by power, but by sprit."

I was born during the Vietnam War, and any parents wanted to name me for a peaceful message.
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Re: What does you name means, and why was it chosen?

Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:59 pm

I was born Hugh Dermott O'Connor, to my Irish biological parents visiting the US. I was born in the US during their visit, and given up for adoption.

My current name, Francis Smith, is by adoption. My new parents, lay Franciscans, wanted to name a son after St. Francis of Assisi. Thus my name!

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Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:11 pm

My name is Samuel. It means "heard by God" in Hebrew, but my dad just thought it was cool.
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:19 pm

I'm named after my father, but the name is a derivative of Dionysus, which is also the name of the Greek God of Wine.
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:56 pm

It is Asheknazi Jewish custom to name a newborn after a deceased relative. This is because 1) it eliminates anyone taking offense that the child wasn't named after him/her and 2) in naming a child after someone who is deceased, you are taking the name of someone whose life is complete. Imagine if, for example, someone had named their child after Jeffrey Dahmer before he was discovered to have been a serial killer. In addition, most Jewish children are named after Biblical characters.

My grandfather's name was Meyer and he died some 20 years before I was born. My last name is *very* ethnic Ashkenazi. My mother, bless her, refused to tag a baby with a handle as absurdly ethnic and anachronistic as "Meyer." It turns out that my grandfather wasn't a huge fan of his name, either, and went by "Mike" informally.

Initially, my name was to be "Elizabeth Amy," but when that didn't work out, I got "Michael" instead. After my voice changed, my adult voice apparently sounds a lot like my grandfather's did. So when I'd pick up the phone and say my name, it would always spook my dad a bit. LOL!
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:30 pm

So I thought I knew the story but called my mom. Turns out my first name Timothy comes from the song Legend of a Mind by The Moody Blues.

Timothy Leary's dead
No, no, he's outside looking in
Timothy Leary's dead
No, no he's outside looking in


My parents first heard the song on a date at a pizza restaurant and it came on the jukebox.

My middle name is after my father, and his father (my paternal grandfather), beyond that nothing too special.

My last name is patronymic via fealty to a specific house/clan with either Scottish or English heritage, or possibly both. My great aunt has done quite a bit of genealogy on this aspect, but once you get that far back it gets a little hairy I guess.
 
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:19 pm

zrs70 wrote:
If you are comfortable sharing your first name, I'm curious as to how it was chosen and if there is a meaning.

My name, Zach, is based on the prophet Zachariah. One of his most famous sayings was, "Not by might and not by power, but by sprit."

I was born during the Vietnam War, and any parents wanted to name me for a peaceful message.


Forgot to mention: Zacharya is Hebrew for "God has remembered"
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Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:14 am

From 1803 to 1993 given names were pretty regulated in France, you needed to choose among a list of traditional names, saints, great historic figures, and the like. If you tried to give something else as a name it would be refused, or litigated. Some leeway was given starting in the 60s but this held true until the law was changed in 1993, and is still commonly practised. For example it's a good idea for immigrants to give such a name to their kids, it's seen as proving one wants to "integrate", and will also help the kids in life. It was also common for immigrants to change their name when getting to France, so my Italian mother called Maria became Marie, a friend I had in school with a long vietnamese name became Arsène as he liked Arsène Lupin...

I'm called Ronan because my parents liked the name, a cousin of my father is called like that, and they had visited the town of Locronan named after Saint Ronan and liked the place. It means "little seal" but I'm not sure they knew that at the time.

The way my name is pronounced in French is quite French, my Italian family has trouble saying it, and when I visited Scotland or Ireland I couldn't understand when I was called ! It's not exactly rare especially in my generation but often people from other regions of France (I actually live near Paris not in Brittany) don't know it or confuse it with Renan, Romain, and don't know how to write it.

My second name is Loïc, also common in Brittany, and my brother's two names are also from Brittany. Our last name is also typical of Brittany, so we're not alone with our Name Last Name combination, and the second name is hidden in France. In fact recently there was an homonym who was hired by my company (of thousands of employees) and emails destined to either of us started to get to the wrong Ronan M. !

Interesting fact, my mother being born in Italy, it was the Catholic church that managed the books there, so when my grandfather wanted to name my mother Christina, some stupid sister refused it on the grounds the family wasn't religious enough or something ridiculous of the sort, so she ended up called Maria. As a result her Italian family calls her Christina/Christine, and our French family and friends call her Marie, which gets very confusing when there is an overlap of people. My father always knew her as Marie and there is no way he'll change as his first wife was called...Christine.
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:28 am

Based on the dictionary I am either a saint or a blemish....

Which is fairly accurate (except for the saint part).

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Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:48 am

Mine is Jerome, the frensh version and means holy name,At least that's what I get when I look it up. I'm named after a black Parisian street cat that crossed paths with my parents during a vacation.
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Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:22 am

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Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:58 pm

My first name is James, the same as my dad, my grandfather, my great grandfather, etc. The notation inside the cover of my great-great-grandfather's bible says "James moved to Tuscaloosa County in (I forget what year) from New Orleans". There is no mention of whether he was born and raised in New Orleans or if that was simply his point of entry to the U.S.
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:41 pm

My first name is Alejandro after Alexander the Great,
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:38 am

Bad *** mother ******.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:31 am

DL717 wrote:
Bad *** mother ******.


You?

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Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:11 am

Abigail, though nobody calls me that, I've always gone by Gail. I was named after my godmother, My name is Hebrew, and means my father is joyful.
 
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:17 pm

Mine's Paul, supposed meaning is small, couldn't be further from the truth, ROFLOL. My parents liked it because it isn't easy to shorten
 
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:31 pm

Mine is Tibor. Allegedly a Hungarian version of Roman name Tiberius, meaning "from Tiber", Tiber being a river in Rome. I don't really know why did my parents chose it, or why did they abandon biblical names (my brothers are Peter and Paul).
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:07 am

Mine’s Nick, shortened from Nicholas, derived from Saint Nicholas.

(I had to look this up on my birth certificate, because I put away after it fell down and smashed one of the model planes that has been in my family for 3 generations)
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:38 pm

WildcatYXU wrote:
Mine is Tibor. Allegedly a Hungarian version of Roman name Tiberius, meaning "from Tiber", Tiber being a river in Rome. I don't really know why did my parents chose it, or why did they abandon biblical names (my brothers are Peter and Paul).


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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:06 pm

As someone of eastern European Jewish descent I share a name (well initials in my case) with my paternal grandfather who passed 6 months before I was born. Thankfully they decided that Bernard, while a perfectly sensible name for a kid born in the 1910s, wouldn't play so well in 1980. That said I don't particularly love my given first name and go by the shortened version of it. At home my partner doesn't even use that and goes by my given pet name instead. If she uses my real first name it is when I am in deeeeep shit.

That said my partner and I had a conversation when talking about potential names for our children. And she put a big no on giving our kids first names of any living or deceased relatives. In discussing girl's names I was particularly fond of the idea of using my deceased paternal grandmothers name. Her argument is that you shouldn't use dead family member's names and that the kid should have their own unique identity. Now for middle names that is fair game as our son is named after one of my partners deceased uncles.
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Re: What does you name mean, and why was it chosen?

Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:23 pm

I'm a Jr. so it is obvious how I got my name.

Kenneth was the name of the first Scottish King which thrilled my Dundee Born Wife, especially since I was born in Texas. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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