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What’s in a Name? Do our names influence our Destiny?

Updated on October 21, 2011

When a child is born, one of the most important things is to give him/her a name. Some parents have the name before the child is born, some leave it until after their little Angel has arrived.

Obviously there is no rule about giving a child a name, so people can give their child whatever name they please. Some children are named:

  • after the place where they were conceived. E,g Paris, India, Brooklyn.
  • after someone special in the family or someone special they know.
  • after a special person in the Bible or Koran. E.g Esther, Mary, Ibrahim, Joseph.
  • or their favourite Celebrity etc.


If you want to know the meaning of a first name: Check this website.

ツ★ A Dad actually calls his child "Facebook".

Father names his Child Facebook

It’s always nice to give a child a name that has meaning. For some names, the meaning is obvious e.g Joy, Hope, Sunday, Lucky, Ruby, Precious, Rose or like those above. Several other names have meanings but you might have to check it up. Example calling a boy Jabez – Jabez actually means “sorrow”. Not an advisable name to give a child. The child may end up never being happy in life – very unlucky.

The meaning of my name: Elena is “Light”

Do you know the meaning of your First Name?

(You can check the link in the blue box for meaning of names)



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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Babynology

      I appreciate you stopping by.

      Best Wishes.

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      babynology 4 years ago from New York

      Indeed an informative article! It's a very interesting hub naming for newborn baby. You know folk, is a website that gives you chance of picking a best baby name for your baby. The site would be a great resource if you like to know how to name your baby. By reading the articles, you will be learning a lot about baby-naming tips and can know various origin names.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK


      So True Jai and names should be chosen carefully.

      Thanks so much for stopping. :-)

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      Jai Warren 5 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Very interesting subject E!!! A persons name, in many instances, is your first impression. The attention parents take in naming their children just shows its' importance. Well done...Ciao.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK


      I like Vin Diesel - very unique name too. You are so right. There must be Thousands of beautiful names to choose from - in different languages too. Thanks for stopping by to share. God bless.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for sharing this very important hub. Our names definitely play a serious role in our lives. There are so many beautiful wonderful names that we here of all the time. Why not go for the gold! There free anyway , unless maybe a movie star's agent finds a really unique one. Vin Diesal is cool. Christopher Columbus is really cool. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK


      Thanks so much for sharing. I must check out your book.

      Best Wishes.

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      ctbrown7 6 years ago

      I think a lot of things influence our destiny, and our names may play a part. Names have certainly played an important role in many religious settings, including several instances in the Bible. The book I recently wrote directly discusses how we can influence our own destinies in a positive way.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Raakachi

      You have beautiful names, with a tinge of Royalty.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub.

      Thanks and Best Wishes.

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      raakachi 6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Hello Light,

      your hub works superbly! My first name 'Selva' means rich.In India we are having only one name system,not first name and last name. My Name is Selvaganapathy.Here Ganapathy means Lord Ganesha, so my name represents 'Rich lord Ganesha'. I have also got a name certificate by the recommendation of you. An interesting hub, voted 'interesting'. Meet you in another hub...

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Suzette - that's lovely. I definitely haven't heard of a suzette either. I enjoyed reading your comments. You are a truly a unique lady. :)

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! Naming your child IS the most important decision parents make. I was nicknamed Suzette and NO ONE I have ever come in contact with has had this name. Not even when I was in France. Hard to believe, I know, but I have never found another Suzette anywhere. If there is another Suzette on HubPages please make yourself known.

      My name has always been unique and I have always been unique, so yes, I think one's name can be one's destiny.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Prathamesh.M - you have a beautiful name. To me it means you will always be at the Top.

      Shukriya. :)

      ** OMG Vladimir - that makes me shudder, but it is true. Our names affect our destiny. I wish they had listened to you. May they RIP.

      Thanks for stopping.

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      Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

      the name changes the destiny, oh, yeah. I had the patient his name was Joe Krank. It means in German ill, sick. I asked him Joe, change you name. He did not. He is dead. Other patient was Delores (sorrow, pain). I told her the same. She is dead. Well people say we all die. But not prematurely.

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      PRATHAMESH.M 6 years ago from INDIA

      it was a hub nice to read...enjoyed it...

      n my first name (prathamesh)means-the one who is first.

      a hindu name from sanskrit language n origin INDIA.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Dexter - Cheers. I like the meaning of your name. Speaks volumes. Glad you stopped by. Thanks.

      @Hello Hello - Cheers, lovely lady.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      An interesting point of view. Great hub

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Lady E! Great hub. My name "Dexter" means "right hand" in English! Beautiful picture of the baby.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @TatooKitty - Hi, thanks for sharing those important comments. Aaaawh.... a pity what that student went through and is probably still facing that problem.


      @Ruby - That's a beautiful name. Even Ruby is beautiful but for it to also mean Jewel is so precious. Ha ha... you are a rare gem. Thanks for sharing how you got the name.

      @Anglnwu - I haven't checked the meaning of Angeline but I have always thought it's a bit of an Angelic name.

      I like it. Good to see you again.

      @Susie - Thanks Susie. If you have the URL, it would be nice to read it.

      @Jacqui - Lovely names for girls. I hope you find the meaning in the link. Glad you stopped by. Thanks.

      @Vladimir - Thanks and Best Wishes.

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      Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I like this Hub.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Dave Matthews - Hi Dave, you are pulling my legs aren't you. Regards. :)

      @Mentalist Acer - Thanks for stopping. I agree names can influence people.

      @icciev - Thanks for sharing what happens in your Country. It's very interesting. I appreciate your kind words too.

      @ComfortB - Nice of you to share how names are given in Africa. I like your name. I didn't know the names with Chi and Chukwu meant God, but I am familiar with the Yoruba ones. Glad you stopped by.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Great article. I chose my two daughters names because it is names I always liked - Nicola and Lyndsey. I'm off to check their meaning now. Interesting article. Voted up and rated interesting.

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      Susieq42 6 years ago

      Interesting article. I once wrote one about last we got them. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I might add that i was named after a young girl who came to help my Mother in her last days of pregnancy. Her name was Ruby Shane. I remember asking my Mother, " Why didn't you name me Shane, i love that name. Her reply, " I liked the name Ruby better " Great answer, one i've never forgotten..Cheers

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I like the picture too--so precious. I find that certain names suit certain personality. Mine is self-explanatory, I hope--angeline. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The picture of the tiny baby is precious. I checked my name Ruby, It means Jewel. This was fun, great article to share..Thank you..

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Seeker7 - Totally agree with you. Thanks so much.

      @Prasetio - Hi, that's a good idea - looking for a name now. However, remember to look for a boys one and a girls one. Infact.... make that 2 boys and 2 girls incase they turn out to be Twins. lol. Thanks.

      @Hunterone - Celebs do have a habit of giving unusual names to their kids. Infact, some parents in Asia named their Child Facebook. I just remembered - might add that to the Hub. Thanks for stopping.

      @Jo - That's so sweet. I love the story of Esther in the Bible. Your name has a beautiful meaning... it means Favour will always follow you and be with you. Cool :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @SupportMed - thanks for sharing the importance of names. I haven't seen you for a while. Hope you're not overworking. :) Good to see you.

      @ThePracticalMommy - That's so lovely. It just makes life easier for them and saves them being taunted in school. Thanks.

      @Nenytridiana - Thanks for sharing. Nice of you to stop by.

      @Pamela - Thanks Pamela. You raised very important points. Another name I wonder about is Randy.... Maybe in those days it was just an innocent name. Glad you stopped by.

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Although coming up with a name for your child can be fun, it's important not to get carried away. I know of a few no so great ones (Justin Credible, Chastity Beltz.) I'd also adivse against over-complicated spelling- I once had a student named "Zchsturam" (pronounced "Storm"). Needless to say, he was constantly correcting people!!

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      Comfort Babatola 6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I am originally from Nigeria. There, all names have a meaning, not just anything that sounds right or blends well together. I was named 'Comfort' because my birth was a source of comfort to both sides of my family.

      It's very common for parents to name their child - Hope, Peace, Joy, Blessing, Mercy or Grace. Traditional(Yoruba, Ibo tribes) names almost always make reference to God's love, goodness, kindness, beauty, mercy etc., and are often preceeded by Oluwa, Chi, or Chukwu, which all means 'God'

      We definitely believe there's more to a name than just the sound of it.

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      I believe that names could influence people lives therefore parents should take care while givinng their babies their names, at where I life we beileve that babies may not like their names and will present that by being crying all the time, I know cases were the baby has been quite after their parents changed their names. As for you my friend I should have known your name meaning just by looking to your picture as you are always shining. Thanks for sharing this great hub and voted up

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      It seems a name can have great influence on a person in the way they personally feel about it.;)

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      "A rose by any other name will still smell just as sweet"

      There is no importance in a name. Your parents could have just as easily given you a letter of the alphabet or a number, like "007"

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      I have named my children after biblical names. It was my hope that they would learn about the name in the bible and they would try to be even better than the prohets of older days. My name means "God is gracious". I believe. this to be so true as he has faithfully stood by me all these years.

      I voted up! Very nice and beautiful! :))

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      Hunterone 6 years ago from London

      I am not sure if some parents really think of the child's future when they are naming their child. Sure the name booblegop might be cause for fun and interesting discussions at the immediate dinner parties etc. But I don't think the child will appreciate being named for the sake of fashion. By the way I do not know anyone named booblegop I just rolled that one off the cuff... Perhaps I could go into the celebrity baby naming business.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I must prepare a beautiful name for my future child. I thought there are many sources out there to find beautiful places with the meaning as well. Have a nice weekend!


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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Names are extremely important - firstly as an influence and perhaps even an inspiration to a child. But if not carefully chosen can become an embarrasment and a yoke around their neck.

      Very interesting hub. Voted up!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      A name is very important and shouldn't be chosen lightly. Remember when you were in school and the silly things kids came up with for your name. Granted they can rearrange any name to make it sound bad but some names are easier than others.

      I know a woman named Gay. When her mother named her it meant happy. I also know a couple men named Dick. Over time some words change meaning and we can't foresee the future but we can try to give our kids the best name possible.

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      nenytridiana 6 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      I agree, Don't give your child a negative meaning name, The name is the wish of parents, and also a slogan or campaign for the owner. Interesting hub. Thank you.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      I also think choosing names carefully is very important. Many parents try to give their babies trendy names or unique names without thinking about the child's future with that name. I say that as a teacher who has had students with unique names...I also think parents should consider the initials the names create. I knew a girl whose initials were H.A.M....

      My son was named after my husband and my father, using my husband's name as his first name and my father's name as his middle name. For my daughter, I paid attention to the meanings of her first and last name, making sure they had positive meanings.

      Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      I do think that names are important and they somehow influence the person in their life experience, whether it's positive or a challenge.