Saturday, June 17, 2006

What's In a Name?

I have been thinking about and preparing this blog for a little while. The Bible study I am in has been focusing on Mary and Martha. I have been thinking about the meaning of their names since most names do have meaning... So I went to a website and found all kinds of names.

Martha means "mistress of the house" or "lady" in Aramaic. How fitting since Martha was consumed with keeping her house in order and not taking quiet time to reflect in the presence of Jesus.

The meaning of Mary is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from My "Beloved" or Mr "Love".

I couldn't stop there. I was thinking - I wonder how many of us live up to the meaning of our names. So... I looked up the meaning of my siblings and their husbands. I wonder if we live up to the meanings of our names. What do you think?

Catharine - The Romans associated it with Greek
καθαρος (katharos) "pure" and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.
Grace - Means "grace" from the English word, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia.
Catharine Grace - Pure Grace! Kind of sounds like me, don't you think?!

Donald - From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the Old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule".
Stewart - From an occupational surname originally belong to a person who was a steward. It derives from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard".
Donald Stewart - Ruler of the world and a house guard. He thinks he is anyway!

Joseph - From the Latin Iosephus, which was from the Greek
Ιωσηφος (Iosephos), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add".
Roy - Derived from Gaelic ruadh meaning "red".
Joseph Roy - He will add red. Add red to what?

Grace - Means "grace" from the English word, which ultimately derives from Latin gratia.
Evelyn - From a surname which was originally derived from the name
AVILA. Originally derived from the Germanic element av which is of unknown meaning. However during medieval times the name became associated with Latin avis "bird".
Grace Evelyn - Grace bird. Sometimes she eats like a bird!

David - Possibly derived from Hebrew
דוד (dvd) meaning "beloved".
Joseph - From the Latin Iosephus, which was from the Greek
Ιωσηφος (Iosephos), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add".
David Joseph - beloved who will add. Add what?!

Joanne - English form of Johanne, an Old French feminine form of Johannes (see
JOHN). John itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".
Elizabeth - From
Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance".
Joanne Elizabeth - Yahweh is gracious, in abundance and an oath. Interesting.... :)

Stephen - From the Greek name
Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown".
John - English form of Iohannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name
Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".
Stephen John - Crown of God's grace? This was a little trickier to put together...

Barbara - Derived from Greek
βαρβαρος (barbaros) meaning "foreign".
Janine - Modern French form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Johannes (see
JOHN). John, itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".
Barbara Janine - foreign God is gracious? This is strange.

Michael - From the Hebrew name
מִיכָאֵל (Mika'el) which meant "who is like God?". I like this one!

Richard - Means "brave power", derived from the Germanic elements ric "power, rule" and hard "brave, hardy".
Considering everything Rick has been through in his life he certainly has lived up to his name!

Here is the website I used:
http://www.behindthename.com/

5 comments:

Evie Sears said...

Interesting stuff. I've wondered what you've been up to lately.

Joanne said...

OK, here we go:

Dad: he will add red........well he really did "add" for many years running, and as a result, he & mom struggled to stay out of the red (since it seems they couldn't get out of bed!).

Mom: naw, she only eats like a bird at meal times......now when it comes to her ice cream, well that's a different story. Maybe we can say that as "Grace Bird", she had to fly from one thing to another when we were all kids.

David: well, we all know he likes to add on new toys!

Me: these days I truly can say Yahweh is gracious

Cathy: well we'd have to ask Don about how pure you really are

Don: what else can be said, you're right Cathy, he THINKS he is (we'll just keep humouring him)

Stephen: with out that Crown of God's grace, I don't know how Stephen would have gotten through the move. God is good

Barbara: hey, she did live in Barbados for a few years, so she would know if foreign God is gracious

Michael: we'll have to ask Mel what it's like to live with someone who is like God

Rick: brave......what better way to describe Rick

Barbara said...

very cool. Great idea for a blog entry. ...now keep 'em coming cause we're reading.

Barbara said...

hey Cathy. You've been tagged. Check out my Blog!

Jenn said...

and i believe jennifer means fair beautiful lady - a no brainer.