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Say My Name Say My Name Say My Name - Meanings of Names

Updated on June 23, 2018

Meanings of Names

The names we have are one common way to identify each individual. Names are a blessing to have, instead of being reduced to a number, for identification purposes. It's been known through history that Adolf Hitler didn't allow the people he had put in concentration camps, to use their names. They were referred to by numbers, only to erase and demean their true identity.

When parents name their child at birth, there is some thought behind every person’s name. There are names in the Biblical times that had a meaning to each individual, for prophesy and purpose. Your name will be with you forever. When you greet others you exchange names first, it's a common courtesy. Your age will change, your height and weight will change, and your mind will change for the better or worse, but your name will never change. Also some people are named after other people in their family, like their aunts or uncles. And some names are passed down from a father to his son, starting with: senior, junior, and the 3rd - III.

I named my daughter a name that I thought no one else would have. I combined my best friend name and my sister name together to name my daughter. And I recently found out that the name I made up for my daughter was on the list of "Facebook" names. Isn't that a trip? I guess there is nothing new under the sun. There are names that have a whole story behind the name given to an individual.

Since the Biblical times, there was so much importance to what a person's name meant. And that's why still today people want to know for their selves; "What does my name mean?"

Meanings of names
Meanings of names

Meanings of Names - List

Abraham - In Hebrew, the name Abraham means the Father of a multitude. In Genesis the Old Testament patriarch Abrams name was changed to Abraham when it was revealed he would be father of the Hebrew nation.

Alfred - the name Alfred means- counselor.

Alma - In Spanish, the name Alma means-Spirit, other origins for the name Alma include - Spanish, Latin American, Italian, Celtic, and Irish.

Ann - In Israeli, the name Ann means- gracious.

Anthony - In English, the name Anthony means- highly praiseworthy. In the 17th century, the spelling Anthony was associated with the Greek anthos meaning flower.

Charles - In German, the name Charles means- manly, farmer.

Cheyenne - In Native American, the name Cheyenne means- An Algonquian tribe of the Great Plains. Capital city of Wyoming.

Christ - In Israeli, the name Christ means- anointed. The name Christ originated as an Israeli name.

Christopher- In English, the name Christopher means- He who holds Christ in his heart. Famous Bearers: actors Christopher Plummer and Christopher Walken; explorer Christopher Columbus.

Craig - In Welsh, the name Craig means- Rock.

Crystal - The name Crystal means- a jewel name from the English word crystal, referring to crystal glass, based on the Greek krustallos meaning ice. Also is a variant of Christina meaning Follower of Christ.

Cynthia- The name Cynthia means- the moon personified. The name Cynthia originated as a Greek name.

Daniel - Old English name meaning; Judged by God.

Darlene - The name Darlene means- little darling. Other origins for the name Darlene include French, and English.

Denise- The name Denise means- Feminine form of Dennis: from the Latin Dionysos or Dionysus, referring to the Greek god of wine.

Donald- In Scottish, the name Donald means- Great chief, world mighty. From the Gaelic Domhnall. The name Donald has been borne by a number of early Scottish kings. Famous Bearers: Billionaire Donald Trump; actor Donald Sutherland.

Earl- the name Earl means- Nobleman. Based on the English title of Earl. Famous bearer: jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines.

Ella - In English, the name Ella means- abbreviation of Eleanor and Ellen: Beautiful fairy, shortened form of feminine names beginning with El or ending with Ella. Famous bearer: American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald; American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Emily - Latin origin meaning "industrious strong worker." The names Emma and Emilie are forms of Emily.

Faye - In English, the name Faye means variant of Faith; confidence, trust, and belief.

George - In English, the name George means- Farmer.

Houston - An old English origin meaning Hugh's town on the Hill.

Isaiah - the name Isaiah means- The Lord is generous, salvation of the Lord, God’s helper.

Israel - In Hebrew, the name Israel means- May God prevail. He struggles with God. God perseveres; contends. In the bible when Jacob was in his nineties as a token of blessing God changed his name to Israel. Other origins for the name Israel include - Hebrew, Israeli.

Jeanette - In French, the name Jeanette means- Little Jean. God is gracious.

Jessica - A English name meaning Wealthy or gift; Derived from the name Jessie, a feminine form of Jesse.

Jesus - the name Jesus means Jehovah is generous, Jehovah saves; shortened form for Joshua from the Hebrew name Jehoshua. As a result of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Jesus is considered to be too sacred to be given as a first name in parts of the Christian world.

Joyce - the name Joyce means- Cheerful, Merry.

Judah - In Hebrew the name Judah means Praise, the praised one. Fourth son of Jacob and Leah, and a direct ancestor to Jesus Christ. The words Jew and Judaism are derived from his name.

Martin - In Latin-American, the name Martin means- warlike.

Mary - This was the name of many New Testament women, mostly, Mary the virgin mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. In some cultures it has been considered too holy for everyday use. And it has been one of the most common feminine names since the 16th century.

Michael - In Hebrew, the name Michael means- who is like God, gift from God. In the Bible Saint Michael was the conqueror of Satan and patron saint of soldiers.

Monica - In Spanish, the name Monica means- Advisor.

Ricky - In American, the name Ricky means- powerful rich.

Rodney - In English the name Rodney means- Land near the water.

Sabrina - In English the name Sabrina means- A Blessing, a wise listener.

The meaning of the name Sabrina

What does the name Sabrina means?
What does the name Sabrina means?

Samantha - In Biblical, the name Samantha means- listener of god.

Shawn - In English, the name Shawn means- from the shady grove.

Susan - In Israeli, the name Susan means lily.

Terrence - In Latin American, the name Terrence means- tender, gracious.

Timothy- The name Timothy means- One who honors God. The biblical Timothy was the young Christian to whom Paul wrote. Let no man look down on your youth.

Tina - the name Tina Means- River. The name Tina originated as an English name.

Tupac- In African-American, the name Tupac means- A leader, a warrior.

Tyra - In Scottish, the name Tyra means- Land.

Tyrone- In Irish, the name Tyrone means- land of Owen, young soldier.

William - In English, the name William means- protector.

Zena - The name Zena means- hospitable. Other origins for the name Zena include - Greek, African-American.

Oh nah nah What's My Name -

So Will the Real "Slim Shady" Please Stand Up

There are songs referring to the music artist's name, their showing confidence in their name (or their stage name). Your name is a unique identifier for identity purposes. Being called by your name is a blessing, and important. Being called by a number is not a blessing, and you wouldn't feel important.

Research shows that a name given at birth can be given a meaning by the parents, or a Spiritual Leader. My daughter's class was given a homework assignment, to look up the meaning of their names. She searched for the meaning of her name, and she couldn't find it anywhere. So I told her the meaning of her name, since I am her parent. My daughter likes the meaning I gave for her name; it made me emotional and joyful at the same time.

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    • Brinafr3sh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi MsDora,

      Well if we can give the meaning to our own name, I'm hoping people choose a positive meaning. Thanks

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting! We cannot underestimate the importance of names. I usually say that since it is your name, you can give it the the meaning you want it to have (of course, you'd have to live up to the meaning you choose).

    • Brinafr3sh profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      @ Fay Paxton and Kittythedreamer thanks for you comments.

      Also @ Jagandelight, lol this is true. There are many names that have a negative meaning, and I carefully chose not to insert them into this hub. Thanks for commenting, you all visit again.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      names are very important because you are attaching something to your child and you must be careful of what that is, for instance the name Jabez meaning child of sorrow of of woe why would someone want to hang such a heavy burden on a child.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      awesome hub. i love learning the true meaning behind names...i found out that my first name actually means "victory" which is pretty cool! voted up! :)

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Fun article. Thanks


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