A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…. a famous line, but is it true? Hmmmm….I don’t know about that.
I got a name book from the library a few weeks ago. It is very interesting. It contains lists of popular names and what years that they were the most popular. It has name trends and meanings of names. That is where it became interesting. I’ve looked up everyone that I know. Then I think to myself, “hmmm…does this name suit this person?” I find in most cases it does. I am a firm believer in people living up to their names. That is why it is my opinion that parents should be very careful in what they name their children. I’ve never understood the silly names that Hollywood stars pick for their children. Apple? Moon Unit? Coco? Satchel? Just strange. I bet they will have strange kids too. When I taught school, boy did I hear some good ones! Precious. Treasure. Princess. Too sugary. Then there are the students with car names like Porshe, Mercedes, and (my fav) one of my former students named ALexus. Not Alexus, but A-Lexus. Named after her mom’s favorite car. Puh-leeze people! These children have to live with these names…..at least until they are old enough to have them legally changed. haha.
Okay, here is what the book said. You tell me what you think.
Dawn (that’s me!) English for Sunrise, New Beginnings —– I like it. I think I’ll keep it!
Scott English for “from Scotland” That pretty much explains itself. He has ancestors from Scotland so that is neat. Also a familiar English form of Prescott.
Bradley English, meaning broad meadow. He does love running around outside in wide open spaces. So we will go with that.
Kendrick Scottish for royal chieftain. His daddy and mommy’s only son and the only grandson for a long time. At least I didn’t name him Henry V or George VI or something:)
Breanna Irish for strong, virtuous, and honorable. Strong is a good word for Breanna. Stubborn is another. he he he…
Ruth Hebrew for friendship. It fits. She is a great mom and friend.
Dorothy is Greek for gift of God. She is the best aunt ever. She has definitely been a gift to me.
Rebecca Hebrew for tied and bound. Hmmmm…. I would think, like the biblical Rebecca who was bound to her husband. Becky is a good wife so that works. Her husband, Eric, is Scandinavian for ruler of all or English for brave ruler. He is a godly husband and head of his household. Definitely fits. Their girls are Hannah, Hebrew for gracious. Bethany is Aramaic for house of figs. Interesting. She will be fruitful. Lastly there is Abigail, which is Hebrew for father’s joy. That says it all.
Christa is the shortened form of Christina (German) which means Christian, annointed. Wow. That is a great name to live up too. A follower of Christ.
Ernest is English for earnest and sincere. Also a good choice. Two great character traits.
Jessica is Hebrew for wealthy. There are many ways to be rich in this life, and having lots of money has nothing to do with it. Jessica is rich in a lot of things that money can’t buy. Her daughter,Cheyenne, is a tribal name…and her son Kade is Scottish for wetlands or the americanized version meaning a combination of the initials K and D. Her husband Eddie, is English for a familiar form of Edgar, which means successful spear man. Okay, Jessica you figure that one out! His sons are Dusty, form of Dustin which is German for valiant fighter. Wyatt is French for little warrior. Cool.
Brittany, English meaning from Britain. That speaks for itself. Her daughter Natalie is Latin for born on Christmas day. Her husband is Nathan and his name is Hebrew for Nathaniel, who was a biblical prophet. Stephanie is Greek for crowned and her son is Joseph which is Hebrew for God will add, or God will increase.
So after reading this, do you agree? Names are interesting things.