What’s In A Name?

Posted Feb 9 2012, 11:06 pm in , , , , , ,



My daughter is having a baby girl sometime in May. She and her husband are in the process of picking out a name, but they still haven’t decided on one. These days there are lots of websites that feature baby names. Here is one that gives the meaning of names. In some cultures, the meaning of a name is important. We often read in the Bible how people were given names with a special meaning. Here is one from the story of Moses recounted in Exodus 2:10. “When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”

I often use this website to find names for my characters when I start a new book. I figure out what their age would be, and often use a name from the list of popular names for the year in which they were born. I try to use last names that are common to an area. In my Kellerville series, I used many German names because that area of Ohio near Cincinnati was settled by many people of German descent. I also liked using the German names because my father’s family was German. My maiden name was Luft which means “air” in German. In my latest book, Montana Match, my hero’s first name, Parker, was his mother’s maiden name.

I also have an unusual first name that isn’t found on any list that I know of. There are advantages and disadvantages to having an uncommon name. Having an unusual name means it stands out, but it can also mean having it misspelled many times. It means when I do a Google search for my name, I find information about me and not some other person with the same name.

Do you like your name? Do you know what it means?



9 responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Mary says:

    Before my mother got married, she babysat for a friend of hers. Her friend had twins and they were named Mary Ann and Martha Jane. Therefore my mother named me after the twins so my name is Mary Jane. I have always just gone by my first name because I really didn’t like to be called Mary Jane. It doesn’t bother me now like it did when I was a teenager but I still go by Mary. My sister-in-law found out that I didn’t like to be called by my first and middle name so that is what she started calling me. I like unusual names and I think you have a pretty name. There are a lot of names that are the same but many different spellings. Some of them are pretty cool.
    Like the name Mia, my best friends has a granddaughter with the same name but her name is spelled Mya. And of course her middle name is my friends first name.

    My birthday is in May so maybe your granddaughter will be born on my birthday. May will be here before you know it and I hope you will have pictures of your new granddaughter that you can share with us. I am sure your daughter and son-in-law will find a beautiful name.

  2. Beth Herring says:

    my oldest daughter is having her #5 in late July and we are trying to pick out names as well. We won’t know what she is having until the 29th of this month so we will get more serious then!

  3. Teresa says:

    My name fills me with wonder and great pride as it has been carried by the first born of every generation ever since there’s our Family.

    My Grandma wasn’t first born and her first born – my beloved Dad – was a boy. So you can say I was namedafter my GreatGrandmother.

    I always liked it. Even during through those teen years when girls fancy a more exotic (or not ;)) name, I enjoyed mine.

    In fact, if I may say so myself my family has a great taste in what comes to names – traditional without being so traditional that you have to repeat it twice ahahahahah.

    Only thing I changed in my kids was to abolish the second name. I’m Maria Teresa but they’re just Miguel and Mafalda, which I also love.

    • Teresa,
      Thanks for stopping by. I have always liked the name Teresa, and your kids have wonderful names.

      • Teresa says:

        Thank you :).

        As for the meaning Teresa comes from the Greek and means Reaper and Huntress.


        Full of compassion and love, is able to spend her life doing good for others, to the point of forgetting she’s also a person who may need help and love. Must be careful in doing so, as she may become a martyr, the aura of holiness is something she already owns. In some situations can’t forgive or forget the evil done to her, but that’s the least she can rely to defend herself.

        I’d never checked and it was funny. And I agree with what was written. 🙂

  4. Susan Bentzen-Gordet says:

    I don’t know what Susan means, but like my name.
    I remember that my parents had always called me “Suzie”, but when I started 7th grade, I felt I was no longer little, so I asked to be called by my given name “Susan”.
    My Great Aunt used to sing a song to me called “Suzan Baduzan” (I think she made it up).
    The spanish neighbors called me “Susanna”. I like having different variations to the same name. Some co-workers know me as Sue B, to not confuse me with a Susan that was already working there.
    I like the flexability of names so much that when selecting a name for our son, we chose Robert. When trying to get his attention, I call him “Robert Bobert”.
    When he is older, he can choose to be called Rob, Bob, Robbie, Bobbie….or even Bert, but I doubt that one.
    ~Susan Bentzen-Gordet

    • Susan, that is an interesting take on names. Your son’s name, Robert, reminded me of when I was teaching school. One year I had 3 Roberts in my class. They all insisted on going by Robert. I couldn’t believe none of them would go by Rob, Bob, Bobby, etc. So all year it was Robert and then a last initial when I called on them. Sometimes, I think they did it just to be irritating. 🙂

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