Say my name Say my name...

ila
Posted April 21, 2008 from United States

Here goes:

What is your name? What does that name mean? What names were you given? What names have you taken on or changed? (nicknames, titles, married names, whatever!) What do they mean to you? And how have they shaped your life?

I'll show mine if you show yours..

Comments 54

Log in or register to post comments
  • Jennifer Ruwart
    Apr 21, 2008
    Apr 21, 2008

    My name is Jennifer. Jennifer means "fair one" My full name is Jennifer Ann Ruwart. Ann is of hebrew origin and means "favored grace" ooh.. so that means my name could mean fair one of favored grace. Awwww right! I have not taken or changed my name. My nicknames have included: Ruwart, JR, gobiprincess, jenn-i-fer (prounced jen-ee-four) and J-Ru I love em all. Ruwart makes me feel spicy, strong and fun. It rips off the tongue. JR makes me feel masculine, in a good way. Jenn-i-fer makes me feel silly. J-ru makes me cool and unique. Being called by my last name of most of my life by the men in my life has made me feel like one of the guys. Although I am ALL gal, emotions and all, there is nothing I won't talk about. I love locker room talk and don't get enough of it. I don't think most people know just how wild and silly I am.

    Jennifer Ruwart, Chief Operating Officer, World Pulse (Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own.)

  • ila
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    Wowee thanks Jennifer. Very cool!!!! I'm callin you J-RU now..

  • Ankur Naik
    Apr 21, 2008
    Apr 21, 2008

    My name is Ankur Deepak Naik. Ankur is a word of Hindi/Sanskrit origin that refers to a blossom, seedling, or the first sprouting of a plant in the spring. I was my parents' first child and was born in the spring. :) Deepak is my father's name and is a Sanskrit word that means "lamp" or "source of light". Naik is a common last name in India and derives from a Sanskrit word meaning "chief" or "leader".

    All of these names are pretty common in India, actually. They are getting more popular in the US, which is nice because I'll occasionally run into someone who already knows how to pronounce them! The rest of the time I almost always have to say my name twice.

    As far as nicknames go, the only one I didn't really mind was "Ank" (pronounced like ankh).

    Ankur Naik, Lead Software Developer

  • ila
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    Ankur, your name is so very cool, and is the poetic version of YOU! I wonder, in India, is your name gender-specific or are their women called Ankur, too?

  • Ankur Naik
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    Hmm, good question! The only other Ankurs I've met or heard about have been males. It's possible that there's a female version of the name, like there is with Deepak.

    I found out that in addition to being a common last name, "Naik" and its Sanskrit origin nayak have also been used as titles (with the leader/chief meaning) and as a military rank (it's currently used by the Indian Army as a rank equivalent to Corporal). A person with Naik as a surname may be part of the Anavil Brahmin sub-caste from southern Gujarat, as my family is. Though the Brahmin caste is considered the "priestly" class, there is some evidence that suggests that Anavils were also soldiers, which would explain Naik as a surname as well as some of the other Anavil surnames.

    Ankur Naik, Lead Software Developer

  • ila
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    i love digging into this. did i also ever tell you, that "naik" is a common word in Bahasa Indonesia? it's a verb that you use to talk about stepping up like onto a platform, or to ride like a bike or a bus... "ankur naik bis" means "ankur rides the bus" I think that is why I also always want to say your name with Indonesian pronunciation, with a rolled rrrrrrrrr: "AHHHHnkurrrrrrrrrrr"

  • Corine Milano
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    My full name is Corine Demian Milano.

    I have a strong relationship to my name and feel very attached to it——it's common enough that people have heard it, but not so common that I've ever actually met someone with my same name.

    I am named after my great grandmother, Cora (my sister, Alia, is named after my other great grandmother, Alice). Corine (Cor-een) is Greek and means Maiden, and comes from Kore, which is another name for the Greek mythology figure, Persephone.

    I have a love/hate relationship with my middle name, Demian for a few reasons. It took me years to even admit to people that my middle name was Demian, primarily because it's a traditionally male name and I couldn't believe my parents would do that to me! It turns out that my parents took it from the Hermann Hesse book by the same name, and after I read the book, I understood the relevance a bit more and am now kind of proud to have such an unusual middle name—though I don't always readily tell it to people!

    My last name, Milano, is obviously a city in Italy. It was the name of the city my family left when they came to the US from Italy, and our original last name was changed upon arrival at Ellis Island. Unfortunately, no one really remembers what it was before it became Milano!

    Now, I want to hear all about your name!

  • ila
    Apr 22, 2008
    Apr 22, 2008

    wowee corine i love to hear all about that. our names are such a springboard for other memories and kinds of writing. i would love it if all who answer this post feel free to segue on to whatever topics and sensations get stirred up!

  • Kusum
    Apr 23, 2008
    Apr 23, 2008

    Thank you very much dear Ila, for this interesting question.

    My given name is Kusum. Its Hindi meaning is 'a flower'.

    My family name (sir name) is Jain, that denote the 'Jain' religion I belong to.

    I never chnaged my nickname (sir name)after my marriage as most of the Indian girls do (or expected to do)because I didn't want to loose my own identity in the name of marriage and wished to shape my life as I wanted to by serving the community people, particulalry the poor women really need this kind of support. I am happy to serve whatever meagre amount I can these rural populations in need.

    Thanks again for your nice question.

    regards,

    Kusum

  • ila
    Apr 24, 2008
    Apr 24, 2008

    Such a beautiful name, thank you for telling me your story. You are a special to keep your "Jain" name.

  • Corine Milano
    May 23, 2008
    May 23, 2008

    Kusum, your name is so beautiful—so is its meaning! Thank you for sharing it with the community.

    It is very interesting that your surname denotes the religion you belong to—I don't know much about the Jain religion, but I would like to know more!

    Thank you again for this post!

    Corine

  • Auma
    Apr 23, 2008
    Apr 23, 2008

    Leah-i was named after my grandma,but she was 'Leya' since no Luo word ends with an 'h'.Its a popular name within our family circles.(We are actually 7 cousins with the same name,i being the eldest).

    It is also a biblical name.In Hebrew Leah means 'cow',and in Arabic,it is a 'mad cow'.(I plead guilty to this).Another Hebrew meaning is 'weary'.

    Auma is my sir name.Naturally,babies are born facing the sky,but the mad cow was born facing down!Male translation for this is Ouma.

    I inherited Otieno from my dad.This means night in Luo.Dad was born at night.Female-Atieno.

    Okeyo is my husband's name.This means harvesting.He was born when maize was ripe,at harvest time.Female-Akeyo.

    My most popular childhood nickname was 'Maasai',members of this tribe are usually very tall and (i understand) i appear like one.

    That's all about these Luo names.

  • ila
    Apr 24, 2008
    Apr 24, 2008

    ....high like the Maasai with her long strong legs! WOWeee! Maybe you were born facing down because you were ready to take action and make a difference in this world, not just to dream at the sky!!! Thank you for sharing your name story!

  • Jennifer Ruwart
    May 07, 2008
    May 07, 2008

    Did you know that Jonah is a Hebrew name for dove? And when I think of dove, I think of peace. So, Jonah will be a force for peace. I love that boy!

    Jennifer

  • hanasazi
    Apr 11, 2014
    Apr 11, 2014

    I just found a little clarification on the origins of your Biblical name: Hebrew origin, meaning "Gazelle" which is "beauty and grace", also "worthy cow" as in biblical days cows were very valuable and treasured. Beauty, grace, treasured. I'm sure that suits you!

  • Auma
    Apr 23, 2008
    Apr 23, 2008

    Ila has a meaning in Luo,which i will let you know when you tell me about yours.I guess your great grand parents could have emerged from my end of the world!

  • ila
    Apr 24, 2008
    Apr 24, 2008

    What were you “called” and how did you feel in relationship to it?

    Ila Renee Asplund

    Renee.

    Tra la la BOOM de ay Ra-Nay fell in the bay The sharks had lunch today Although she tastes like hay They ate her ANY way Tra la la BOOM de ay

    Sing along, everyone! That was the earliest memory of having my name in someone else’s hands. It was a young Mormon missionary, a 19 year old funny, handsome, intimidating guy, that my parents had over for dinner. I must have been younger than five years old. It humiliated and fascinated me. Why did I taste like hay? I tried to laugh “with” but if felt more like “at…”

    Reneé means “born again” in French.

    "Baby.”

    I was and still am introduced by my parents as “our baby." I never minded really, but became conscious of it when I was in about 4th grade, I went to a special teacher to get tested to see if I was “gifted.” I wasn’t. She said, “they call you that word, don’t they?” I thought of lots of words: brat, pest, squirt, corn-swabble (a ruthless bully plagued me with that one, which felt very dirty but I have no idea where he got it)…”Baby,” she said. “They call you baby, don’t they?” She was referring to my parents, she must have asked about my birth order. I was excited, Yes Yes, that’s me! But from the way she shook her head, I knew I wasn’t supposed to feel that way.

    Ila

    Ila was my secret name growing up. The name that always got in the way at roll call, mispronounced on the first day of school or in any new setting. Ila was the name of my mother’s mother, who I feared and hardly knew until the last days of life when she was sweetened by her stroke.

    Means "earth" or "speech" in Sanskrit

    Means “From The Island” in French

    Also spelled “Isla” with Scottish origin, related to a Scottish island

    She died about the same time that I moved West, started college, changed in many ways. I reclaimed my first name and have never regretted it. It feels natural to me in a way that Renee never did. I have nearly forgotten being called Renee. Strange. True.

    Asplund… Swedish. A grove of Aspen trees.

    The meaning is so sweet, it brings to me always a picture of yellow floating leaves in the fall. Yet the ASS in Asplund has given me my fair share of grief over the years… More on that later.

  • Auma
    Apr 25, 2008
    Apr 25, 2008

    Ila has two meanings in my language,Luo!

    The first one is when you feel itchy,like scratching,then you say ila.

    The second one is an idiomatic expression for "i can't wait any longer!" or "i am really yearning for it!"

    In Kiswahili,Ila means "even though,all i ask for is..."

    Somehow,your roots must be here,a Luo you are,from Nyanza,if not,a Swahili from the Coast of Kenya!

    Take a holiday! We need you home!

    Leah.

  • Elsie
    Apr 28, 2008
    Apr 28, 2008

    What a fun post Ila!

    ELSIE is a name that I have grown to appreciate in it’s uniqueness, in that the only other Elsie I know/hear about is the daisy chained carnation cow. Were it not for my name I certainly would not have acquired, with such little effort and desire on my part, my huge cow collection growing up (what better gift for an Elsie than an Elsie?!). However, contrary to popular belief, I was not named after a cow, but after my German Great Aunt. In German, Elsie signifies Noble. In other areas of the world it means similarly “My God is a vow,” “Consecrated to God,” etc. (It is also the Scottish diminutive of the Elspeth, which I now secretly wish was my full name and what I’ll probably start answering when asked what Elsie (LC?) is short for).

    KREITNER, in my mind has always been a kind of good for nothing middle name. It’s heavy on the tongue and useful only for impossible guessing games. But on looking up the meaning online, I found a virtual treasure trove of self-identity! This might be my favorite name now. It is a German variant of the name Krauter which means…hold on to your seats now… “ a grumpy old man, an old fogey” ... I love the word fogey! I love old people! I am sometimes grumpy! I feel so connected. Given the homeopathic apocathary in our cabinets growing up, the fact that it is also the occupational name for a grower or seller of herbs is pretty cool too.

    MCIVER, I like the heritage of my name McIver. It comes from Northern Scotland, on the Isle of Skye. We were Vikings way back when and our family crest reads “I will never forget.” Nothing says ‘I am a creature of destruction who is not to be provoked’ like a Viking with a grudge.

    Now I will tell you who else thought my last name was pretty sweet. The boys in middle school. Please imagine the following as a Beavis and Butthead monologue “Your name’s McIver?…hehe…sweet…McIver…hehe…can you like make bombs…out of your toenails…hehe…thats pretty sweet…hehe…hehe” Don’t get me wrong, I think MacGyver is awesome. It just hurt a little to be reminded every day that he had not, in actuality, fathered me. (using only a toothpick and a grapefruit…)

    An interesting aside: When my parents separated and my mom moved us up back North, rather than changing our last name, she just changed how we pronounced it. Hence, I grew up with two different last names, spelled the same. When in New York my name is Mc-I-ver, when in South Carolina my name takes on the traditional Scottish pronunciation of McKeeeeever. Ingenious!

    NICKNAMES: McIver (hehe…sweet). LC (what does it stand for?!?!), EZ ( I was abroad…it was how they pronounced it), sweetcheeks (and how!), Else ( As in: your somethin’, else!)

    IN SUM: After minutes of intense research and scientific investigation I have found that my name can be boiled down to the following simple equation:

    Elsie+Krietner+McIver = An old, crotchety divine bovine with a great memory.

  • Corine Milano
    Apr 29, 2008
    Apr 29, 2008

    Love it! Crotchety divine bovine. :)

    Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

  • Rebecca
    Apr 30, 2008
    Apr 30, 2008

    Hey Elsie!

    We can be bovines together! Sometimes when I look up the origins of my name, Rebecca, it gives the meaning as "cow!" Sometimes my name is said to mean "to bind" which I think is equally uninspiring. This used to really upset me, so I tended to like other meanings better-like "peacemaker!"

    In one of the preschools I worked in a few weeks ago, all of the kids thought my name was "vaca" instead of Becca...which is cow in spanish! They had a riot with that one! giggle

  • hanasazi
    Apr 11, 2014
    Apr 11, 2014

    Wouldn't that suggest what a peacemaker does, binding people, nations, whomever in an agreement to live peacefully? Or a healer, one who binds wounds? I think it might be a much more inspiring name that it seems at first...and I'm sure that regardless of your name or its meaning you are a very inspiring woman.

  • ila
    May 06, 2008
    May 06, 2008

    I don't know why, I want to call you Elsie May! and now, it's May, Elsie! Hurray!

  • Jennifer Ruwart
    May 23, 2008
    May 23, 2008

    Who knew that all I needed to get to the sweet road to Jonah was a grapefruit and a toothpick!

    What shall your World Pulse name be? Did you see? Mine is J-Ru. Similar to past nicknames, yet uniquely World Pulse. We also call Jonah "J" so maybe we'll call me J-De!

  • Auma
    Apr 28, 2008
    Apr 28, 2008

    Coincidentally my sister forwarded me an e-mail today-with a biblical phrase: Leah was ugly.

    I will hunt for a better meaning!

    Help me in the search,towards a lighter side.

    Leah Auma

  • Ankur Naik
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    Hi Leah!

    I did some research and found out that léah is an Old English word that means meadow or clearing in the woods. Also, léo means lion/lioness.

    I think those are both great for you!

    Ankur Naik World Pulse Technology Director

    (Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own.)

  • Auma
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    A clearing in the woods is a nice place for rest,solace,full of fresh air,it is actually a nice place.

    In any community a lioness is known for its powers,prowess and beauty! it's great to know that my name has good things about it!Thank you for the research Ankur!

    Leah Auma Okeyo

  • Auma
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    A clearing in the woods is a nice place for rest,solace,full of fresh air,it is actually a nice place.

    In any community a lioness is known for its powers,prowess and beauty! it's great to know that my name has good things about it!Thank you for the research Ankur!

    Leah Auma Okeyo

  • hanasazi
    Apr 11, 2014
    Apr 11, 2014

    It says she had beautiful eyes. Gen. 29:17 I'll bet you do too...

  • Auma
    Apr 12, 2014
    Apr 12, 2014

    Thank you, Hanasazi! Great to hear this positive one of beauty! I do...

  • hanasazi
    Apr 12, 2014
    Apr 12, 2014

    that your name tells of a treasured gazelle with beautiful eyes, resting in the sunshine of a meadow in the forest. The picture of you it paints in my mind is just incredibly beautiful.

  • rmeutia
    May 06, 2008
    May 06, 2008

    My name is Rina Meutia. Since I am the second daughter in my family, my family and close friends call me "Dekna". Dekna stands for Adek + Rina. If you cut those 2 words, later it becomes my forever nick name Dek + Na or Dekna, which means "younger sister Rina". . Both my parents are from Aceh, therefore, I am so proud to claim myself as 100% Acehnese.

    Now, let me first start by telling you about the second word in my full name, the "Meutia". Meutia is the most common name in Aceh. It is not a family name nor my father's name. My father’s name is Nurdin Ahmad, if you do not believe me. It's not very common to use your father's name as your last name, at least in my part of the world. Some people do, but it’s not obligatory, randomly practiced. My parents probably gave me that name because Meutia was so popular in Aceh, esp since the name comes from this famous and brave Acehnese woman hero, Cut Nyak Meutia. Historically, Aceh has a lot of women heroes :) You should google her for more detail information. However, according to my Hindi's friends, Meutia also means “pearl” in Sanskrit.

    Now Rina. It has no specific meaning, unfortunately. Nothing much to tell. However, again, some friends in different countries claim that Rina is one of the common names in their countries. It can be Italian, Latino, and also Hindis, depends on how you spell it. "Reena" :)

    Anyway, apologies for the boring explanation about my name. I honestly never think much about that. Some people might have different and personal connections with their names, but in my case, I would assume that I will still become the same person I am today even though my name was/is not Rina Meutia. I have so many good friends who totally forget my name and sometimes cannot even pronounce it correctly, yet we are still good friends and liking each other. For instance, I have this pretty flower girl in front of my metro station selling pretty flowers every morning. I like to buy flowers from her. We always say hi and smile to each other but never formally introduced ourselves. Over time, I can say we become somewhat friend, esp since I always pass her everyday to go to work. We even planned to play soccer together already this summer. However, only until recently, I finally know her name, but we are friends already. The friendship and good intention should come first. Those matter most to me, and names can follow later. The bottom line is, let we just be friends no matter what, even without knowing each other’s names. But you can call me Rina,….LOL!

    Ok, ok, I know I am boring. I will stop now :)

    R.

  • ila
    May 07, 2008
    May 07, 2008

    You are anything but boring, teman saya! Terima kasih banyak untuk semua kata kata di sini. I love to hear about the Aceh tradition, that names do not necessarily follow patriarchal lines, and that you are named after a Heroine, which you are.

    What did Meutia do that made her a hero?

    And you are so right about names, you are truly a person who will connect people everywhere, beyond borders and with or without names. But this is why I love to ask you and others about names, because it inspires people to think about many other things...and now you have inspired All of us who read your post!

    I think about your flower-girl friend, I know a woman (hello, Charmead!), who I worked with very briefly, and she immediately gave me the nickname "Petal" like a flower petal. Everywhere we went she called me "Petal" and it made me feel special. I even bought myself a pair of pants covered with flowers, not my usual style, but being with Char Char (my nickname for her) made me feel like wearing flowers!

    Sekarang... tolong tanya perempuan2 lain, Silakan, menulis di sini, di PulseWire! Baik sekali kalau wanita Indonesia menjadi bersama sama satu. Saya banyak mau mendengarkan suara mereka!

    Oh my god does that make sense at all?! I met a young woman from Bali the other day, who has just moved to Colorado with her American husband, dan punya anak kecil manis sekali. Mungkin dia sendiri di Amerika, dan mau omong-omong sama cewek cewek lain!

    Ok, I tried. I need you, guru bahasa saya.

  • Jennifer Ruwart
    May 23, 2008
    May 23, 2008

    Being a google junky, I googled Cut Nyak Meutia immediately after reading your post. From what I read, she and her husband led a resistance against colonization by the Dutch in the late 1800, early 1900's.

    I totally get what you are saying about being who we are regardless of name. Yet, I have always thought my name has had some - even if just a little - influence over who I am. My name has 3 syllables. jen-ee-fur. The way it rolls over and off the tongue. It's not a fast name.

    In numerology my Inner or Soul's Urge is responsibility, steadfast love, a harmonious home, domesticity, and maintaining long-standing family traditions. My destiny is to build, manage and organize systems that benefit humanity. PulseWire!

    I decided to see what else my name meant and found this: Jennifer is the Cornish form of a Welsh name, Gwenhwyvar. Originally it meant “White Wave,” “White Lady,” or “Fair Smooth,” from “gwen” (white) and “hwyvar” (smooth). Guinevere is the Norman French version of the name.

    What a great conversation Ila started!

  • Compassionist
    May 23, 2008
    May 23, 2008

    My first name is Rhonda and I don't really have a name story other than that people like to sing the Beach Boys song when they hear it and also that my HS friends called me Honda Rhonda :)

    Silliness!

  • Jennifer Ruwart
    May 23, 2008
    May 23, 2008

    The girl's name Rhonda \r-honda, rho(n)-da\ is pronounced RON-dah. It is of Welsh origin, and its meaning is "good lance". Since the name only became popular in the 20th century, it also possibly derives from the name of the River Rhondda, meaning "noisy", in Wales.

  • Ankur Naik
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    What one person considers noisy, another might consider to be a strong, powerful voice! :)

    Ankur Naik World Pulse Technology Director

    (Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own.)

  • Compassionist
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    Always happy to hear your voice! :)

  • Compassionist
    May 24, 2008
    May 24, 2008

    Fear me and my good lance, whose name will be peace.

  • hanasazi
    Apr 11, 2014
    Apr 11, 2014

    Nothing more powerful than a lance named Peace! Go girl!

  • Kathy LeMay
    Aug 05, 2008
    Aug 05, 2008

    Kathleen Mary LeMay. I had no idea the origin of Kathleen. Love that wikipedia. "Derives from the Greek, Aikaterine".

    Alas, their is debate about the meaning of that name from purity to injurious treatment. Hope I land somewhere in the middle ;)

    I don't know a lot about LeMay, except that it is French Canadian (and thankfully this LeMay is no relation to General Curtis LeMay). LeMay is my adopted name. My birth family name is Cassidy, Yes, it's true: Kathleen Mary Cassidy. No Irish there, eh?

    I don't identify so much with Irish or French Canadian culture. I most identify as a first-generation Finnish-American, my mother having been born and raised in Finland.

    My mother's maiden name is the one I love: Kautiainen.

    Kathy Kautiainen. That could work!

    Thanks, Ila, for asking, Kathy

  • ila
    Aug 05, 2008
    Aug 05, 2008

    Finnish?! My parents lived in Finland for about 10 years. I have a sister named "Liisa" -- yes, with two i's and two eyes.. and I can sing happy birthday in Finnish too! Thanks for sharing about your name. One part of the question though that not many people have answered, and I'd love to hear... What names have you taken on or changed? (nicknames, titles, married names, whatever!) What do they mean to you? And how have they shaped your life? ESPECIALLY nicknames.. or just pet names, or forms of address that effect you... Do tell!

  • Cynda
    Aug 05, 2008
    Aug 05, 2008

    My given name is Cynthia which comes from Greek Kinthia, one of Artemis' names, goddess of the moon. I always hated my name and changed it to Cyndi when I was 12. When I was 24 I couldn't visualize myself as an old lady Cyndi and so I went on a search for a new name. I tried out Thea, Cyn, Cinnie, and then I was in a store and the called for Cynda over the loudspeaker. I turned to my future husband and said - that's my name! Flash forward 15 years and I'm meeting my daughter's new 5th grade teacher named Cinda. When I told her my story, she said that she was working in that store 15 years ago. She loved telling the class how I "stole" her name. My last name is Arsenault, from my Arcadian husband - 1/2 of Prince Edward Island is named Arsenault. When we married he took on my Collins as a middle name so we are both Collins Arsenault (although he reduced his to his initials "JC". I hate it when people leave off my Collins but I know it's a mouthful to say. Wish we had a better name system.

  • ila
    Aug 07, 2008
    Aug 07, 2008

    well, now that I know, I will always remember the "Collins!" And never regret that a long name is a mouthful -- you are worth the time it takes to say it all!

  • Lycia Ora
    Aug 05, 2008
    Aug 05, 2008

    My name is Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan. "Natasha" is Russian in origin (I think)but becoming an ever popular Indian and Dominican name. It means "child of God" or "Christmas child", and is a name given to girls born around Christmas time (which I wasn't). I think it means "Natalie" in Russian, and "natal" being the root, which is about birth.

    My parents were going to name me Natanya and thought it sounded too nasal....

    "Lycia" is my grandmother's name and I'm not sure what it means. In Italian it's pronounced Lee-cha though. "Ora" my mom made up but in Spanish it means to pray.

  • ila
    Aug 07, 2008
    Aug 07, 2008

    now I know how to pronounce it! "Lycia" reminds me of delicious leechhee fruits. hurray! perhaps "ora" also has something to do with your ability to communicate in many languages and to open hearts...

    from dictionary:

    os 1 n. pl. o·ra (ôr'ə, ōr'ə) A mouth or an opening.

    [Latin ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.]

  • hanasazi
    Apr 11, 2014
    Apr 11, 2014

    I was intrigued, so I looked "Ora" up online and found more beautiful meanings for your name at sheknows.com: In Hebrew the meaning of the name Ora is Light. In American the meaning of the name Ora is: Light. In Spanish the meaning of the name Ora is: Gold. In Latin the meaning of the name Ora is: Pray. In Anglo-Saxon the meaning of the name Ora is: Money. In English the meaning of the name Ora is: Beautiful seacoast. To clarify the last two, I found another site with more details: ora Latin, meaning: region, clime, district, country / residents of a districtFound hereora Latin, meaning: edge, rim, border, boundary / coast, coast-lineFound here Ora (Latin) edge or border; takes on the significance of coast or coastline.Found here O'ra noun [ Anglo-Saxon See 2d Ore .] A money of account among the Anglo-Saxons, valued, in the Domesday Book, at twenty pence sterling.Found here ora (o´rә) plural of os, mouth.Found here

    It's so beautiful! and with its many different meanings, it's also quite profound. Love it.

  • peaceful presence
    Aug 07, 2008
    Aug 07, 2008

    peaceful presence says: My name is April, and as far as I am aware the only meaning of that is springtime. which is kind of cool! Green..growing..renewel, a renewed sense of social justice for all! My parents named me April so that they would not forget their anniversary in April.

    Mi naci....more than my name i identify with my birth date. I was born on MLK day, and that goes along well with my activist, but mostly peaceful, tendencies.

    My middle name is Irene, after my great gramma on my father's side. And i love the Leadbelly song 'Goodnight Irene'.

  • peaceful presence
    Aug 07, 2008
    Aug 07, 2008

    peaceful presence aka April Irene Burris (nee Mason)

    Irene Origin scandinavian Origin name

    from greek eirene: peace

    It totally goes with the screen signature name I picked out, although I had no idea! This has inspired me to do research.

    EIRENE (or Irene) was the goddess of peace (eirênê) and of the season of spring (eiar, eiarinos). Late spring was the usual campaign season in Greece when peace was most at risk. Eirene was one of three Horai, goddesses of the seasons and the keepers of the gates of heaven. Her sisters were Eunomia (Order or Good-Pasture) and Dike (Justice).

    She was probably identified with the Hora Thallo (Green Shoots), whose name Hesiod gives to Eirene as an epithet in the Theogony. Her opposite number was Polemos (War).

    January -- Janus's month Middle English Januarie Latin Januarius "of Janus" Latin Janu(s) "Janus" + -arius "ary (pertaining to)" Latin Januarius mensis "month of Janus"

    Janus is the Roman god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. His festival month is January.

    Januarius had 29 days, until Julius when it became 31 days long.

    I was named after Aphrodite's month, but, like I said I identify more with my birth month, and this just confirms it. I have always thought the two-faced picture of Janus was interesting, full of opportunity. And, doorways & gates-that is so open to possibility! ;) This leads me to believe one other thing that was said in our conversation about names, that we are who we are; regardless. I've never really identified with my last name. Like someone else said our society changes female names, so they don't seem personally relevant to me. i did look up my current last name, didn't find much. My birthname was Mason, that could be better. The two meanings I found for Mason were either a Freemason (associated with Knights Templar-Yuck!), or a mason who worked with stone.

    So, I could create for myself a persona of a peaceful Greek goddess who builds stone doorways and gates, which she uses to enter and explore new possibilities open to humankind. Reflections of hidden humanity in a deep, dark, and bottomless pool.

    April -- Aphrodite's month Old English April(is) Latin Aprilis Etruscan Apru Greek Aphro, short for Aphrodite.

    Aprilis had 30 days, until Numa when it had 29 days, until Julius when it became 30 days long.

    Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is identified with the Roman goddess Venus.

    • The meaning of the name Burris is Of The Town, Borough
      • The origin of the name Burris is English
  • shiku steve
    Mar 03, 2009
    Mar 03, 2009

    I have grown to appreciate and juice out meaningful meanings out of my names -Faith Wanjiku .I loathed `Faith’ when I was young.It sounded, so biblical, so untrendy, and so unstriking.everyone else had funcky names.As a catholic I was allowed to twin it with another one-I searched and searched but no name intertwined well.I gave up and concentrated with more sensible issues as I grew up. I joined my brother in burying his head and soul in inspirational books.I noted most if not all talks a lot about Faith-Faith without which you are doomed to despair in life, Faith without which you remain stagnant or step backwards instead of moving forward.Faith with which you are unconstrained, you move and keep moving forward.I adored it- Faith .Faith with which I have overcome tricky and challeging hurdles. Now,I live in me,and preach to others to have me.Faith.``double up your faith’’ to accomplish all your dreams!

    Wanjiku is from Anjiku’ .It has a deep and very complicated roots.Iam from a tribe in Kenya calledthe gikuyu’ which was born by Gikuyu nad Mumbi.They had nine daughters, and all gikuyu girls are named after them.Hence Anjiku.I inherited it from my antie ,sister to dad.Small ones are nicknames shiku’.I love it.It makes me feel so adored, exceptional, and babyish .Many feel that I have outgrown the name and should take Wanjiku, but I persist on Shiku ,and the thought of changing it boils my blood in irritation. my close family members and friends useWanjiku’ when something is amiss.

    My schoolmated nicknamed me `dolly’-said I looked like a doll.I adored it though it made me feel like a sick bird, when they consoled me, oh my doll! in bad times.from it Dollin imerged.I carried it to college, and used Faith only officially.

    I meet my a guy whom I was madly in love with.I mean madly.He called me `kahoney’ it made me feel sweet ,special and loved.I tried hard ,to keep him happy just to retain the name. It elated me.I scribbed it everywhere even on my pants! But I realized later the name was more on the lips than in the heart.It lost meaning hence I rubbed it off!

    My x-mother-in-law nick named me ,mama Mumbi’ Mumbi was her name.She anticipated a daugher from me and agonized about it more than I did.She was loving and endearing .More than a mother –in-law to me.I shared all my secret with her. The idea of naming my daughter after her was a thrill! My x- fiancee dint appreciate the namebaba Mumbi’ so I dropped it too. I mixed my name and that of my x-fiancee -he was Nicholas- and got `fani’ .It made me feel funny and stupid.I dropped it before anyone heard of it.I picked his second name-Maina,and become Faith Maina.It gave me a sense of belonging-a silly belonging! Isnt it? But I scribbled it everywhere,even in my passport.incredible!when marriage thorns rose higher than flowers I dropped the name and took shiku steve.Steve is my dad.He was the first one to note and question on the sudden change.I had a strong explanation``dad I belong to you more than to him’ dint I know that before? Women! Don’t laugh-I loved this guy barmy.I was waiting for him to propose we blend our blood,or share organs anything that could have made hime realize all my heart ,soul, body and moves was all about him and him only,.He dint.That saved my **s ! I got no idea how I could have drained his blood out of me, could we have blended. I have retained Shiku Steve, (S S) the one you familiar with.

  • katea
    Mar 04, 2009
    Mar 04, 2009

    What is your name? My name is Kate Alyzon

    What does that name mean? Kate means "pure and virginal". From Caterina, Katherine, etc... I also know that this name may have come from the group named Cathar, the Christian sect which believes that the material is corrupt (ed) and is actually created by the Dark Prince. This group is vegetarian, as far as I remember. The group also thinks that Christ did not incarnate to become human. Sex is a super no no to this group as well, that's why Cathars are pure and virginal. But of course, my mom didn't think about the name of my meaning. She just loved watching Charlie's Angels and her favorite was Kate Jackson. Alyzon, although most commonly spelled as Allison, Alyson, Allyson, a popular name in England and France during the Middle Ages from German Adeleide "noble and kind", is actually a combination of the names of my parents (Alexander and Corazon). My two names connote the "girl power", Kate in Charlie's Angels and Alice in Wonderland.

    What names were you given? Kate, Katea (KT), Katya, Katjia, Kitty, Cat, Alyzon, Miss Common Sense

    What names have you taken on or changed? (nicknames, titles, married names, whatever!) Katea, Hekatea, Katjia

    What do they mean to you? Katea (my closest friends call me this one; it's their term of endearment to me) Katjia (my favorite teachers call me this one; one of my teachers think I was Russian in my past life) Hekatea (the goddess Hecate)

    And how have they shaped your life? I recognize the different sides of me because of the different names I'm called. More of the name thingy, the title of my first journal is SOPHISTIKATE: Katepiphanies and Kateaclysms. :)

  • shiku steve
    Mar 06, 2009
    Mar 06, 2009

    Jenni did you come up with this idea of name and meanings while running? ! ? Its such a unique great mind racer! yet so entertaining.pace on!

  • Gertrude Pswarayi
    Mar 18, 2009
    Mar 18, 2009

    What an interesting topic. I enjoyed reading what people's names mean. I had a second thought about my names. My name is Gertrude Fadziso Pswarayi. My mother named me Gertrude after my auntie. I don't know what the name means. I have tried doing some research but i have failed to get the meaning of the name. I only know that it is no longer a popular name among my generation. Many people named Gertrude are above 40 years. I am 27 years old. Fadziso is my second name. It is a Shona name(a local language spoken in Zimbabwe). Fadziso means "that which makes you happy". Many people used to call me Fadzi (short for Fadziso) when I was very young. When i was 6 years old my parents insisted that i should use my first name, Gertrude. Now my pet-name is "Gerty" and i love it. However, when i was 14 years old, my friends at schools started calling me "Trudy". I liked it then because i was still discovering myself. It kind of gave me a new identity although it never felt like my pet-name, Gerty. Trudy did last for long. People not close to me call me Gertrude and those close to me call me Gerty. I was recently given a nick-name (Sqirty), I can't even spell it. My friends say it sounds nice to say, "Gerty, Sqirty'. It make me feel funny, silly and so forth. My surname is Pswarayi. The correct Shona spelling should have been Tsvarayi. My father explained that the missionaries spelled my surname that way so that they could pronounce it. We never changed the spelling. My surname is difficult to explain in English. It's an action requesting people to look for something hidden in a place where it's difficult to locate. For instance, a chicken trying to pick worms in the sand or people trying to look for a niddle in the sand. The action is what my surname means. My husband's surname is Jabson but I'm not yet using his name. If I use it in the future, I will not drop any of my names. I shall be known as Gertrude Fadziso Pswarayi-Jabson. I am afraid of lossing my identity because from what i have been reading on your journal, there is a lot of meaning in a name. G Gertrude makes me feel mature, bold and confident. Gerty makes me feel young, adventurous, connected. Gert-Squirty makes me feek fun, silly and sorth and Pswarayi makes me feel unique. I hope i will learn what Gertrude means.

    Warm regrds, Gertrude

  • hanasazi
    Apr 09, 2014
    Apr 09, 2014

    What is your name? My name is Hannah (I say it Hah-nah)

    What does that name mean? Grace, favored

    What names were you given? My parents gave me the names Nancy Lee, my maiden name was Coffey

    What names have you taken on or changed? I was given my new name, Hannah, two years after I met my husband and I changed my surname to my husband's when we married. West. Hannah can be combined in so many funny ways to make new nicknames. My favorite is Hanasazi, a play on the name of the mysterious Anasazi tribe of the American southwest. I've also used Grace Victorious, a translation of my given name and my maiden name (Coffey is an Americanization of O'Cobthaigh, an Irish name meaning Victorious).

    What do they mean to you? Interesting that my given name is descended from Hannah, so the literal meanings are the same, but they are very different to me. I was named Nancy because my dad insisted on a name that wasn't "fancy" Isn't that funny? My mom wanted to name me Jessica, after her favorite aunty, but dad said that was too fancy. I learned that years, after I had decided on my own that Jessica was my favorite name. I never felt comfortable being called Nancy. Nothing about the name itself I don't like - it's fine on other ladies - it just never felt like me. The strange thing was that other people seemed to feel the same way. They were always trying to make a nickname out of it, but they never could come up with one they liked. It was uncomfortable all the way around.

    I took on the name Hannah after a knock down, drag out fight for my life. Mysterious how it came about, and too long a story to write all the details here (I'll spare you, but maybe I'll write it on my own page one day). It was exactly 2 years after I met my husband, and we and his son were together on a farm in the middle of Kansas when it happened. Our friend had told us we could stay there, though he didn't want to join us, and we had just arrived that evening. There was no food in the house, and I was standing by the stove waiting for water to boil while they went out to the fields to find some corn to cook. Before they got back, I went down, and they found me all the way across the kitchen, levitating, with no breath or pulse. After trying in vain to revive me, my husband cried out "I love you, don't leave me!" From the deep, black night of non-existence where I was trapped, I heard him. And the pain in his voice broke my heart. My mind traveled through an eternity of horrid sounds and inner pain that felt like walking on broken glass as I reached toward his voice. Next thing I knew I was conscious again, but in serious trouble. We were so far away from any help, there was nothing they could do but trust God and do what they knew to save me. My heart was beating out of control, I was hyperventilating and having a hard time staying with them. I went down again, they revived me. Repeat 5 more times. It was a long night for all of us. In the end, it was my lack of faith that saved me. Does that sound strange? But although I thought I believed in Jesus, he was so far away from my thoughts as I struggled to survive this mysterious attack on my life. My husband, always so kind and gentle with me, suddenly got tired of being defeated over and over, so he barked at me "Do you believe in Jesus?" By this time I was so weak, I could only whisper "Yes." Adamantly he stayed on me "Who is he then? Who?" As my mind raced to find the answer, I heard my voice say "He is the Son of God." It was as if someone else said it for me. The spell - or whatever it was - broke, my heart started beating normally, I was able to breathe, and the buckets of hot sweat that had been pouring out of me stopped. It was over. They were so rattled, bless their hearts, they didn't want to be far from me in the night, so they made little pallet-beds in the living room and laid down, one on one side, one on the other, and slept fitfully all night. I slept like a baby, safe in its mother's arms. When I woke up early the next the morning, I heard a voice quietly calling my name. But he didn't call me Nancy. He called me Hannah. Hah-nah. I looked up and saw our friend's blind dog, who had tried his best to help the night before and had slept at my feet all night, looking right at me with his cloudy blue eyes. I felt he could see me, everything about me, see right through me, just not with his eyes. I looked at my husband-to-be and his son, now sleeping soundly, and I was so glad to be alive, to have been given to these men who fought so hard for me, and all I wanted to do was say thank you to the Divine One who saved my life. So I went outside and shouted my gratitude to the blue sky and beyond, and my new life began.

    Oh well, I've inflicted most of the details on you now. Sorry for being so long winded!

    And how have they shaped your life? I have told this story to many people over the 22 years since it happened, and almost every person who's heard it does a double-take when they learn that I only started being called Hannah after that fateful night. They can hardly believe it, when it seems so "me," so natural. Even my mother started calling me Hannah after that. But more importantly, the new and very deeply personal encounter with the Living God I had that night became a living and constant companionship that has done more than I can say to strengthen and change me, one that I have come to love and trust without reservation. Where before I felt doubtful and insecure, helpless and afraid of the world and unable to trust the people around me, I became strong and confident. Where I had trouble expressing myself, suddenly I could easily find the right words to say in just about any situation. Where I wasn't sure I was communicating the warmth of feeling I had for others, suddenly people were expressing gratitude for the love they felt from me. Eventually I was able to step out into the world and begin connecting with the many wonderful friends I have now. He even gave me a business as a web designer (trust me - it was not what I would have chosen, but it was so effortless the way it came to me, like a cat looking for a warm place for a nap, jumping into my lap and never jumping back down!) which has helped my family tremendously, brought me a reputation as someone people can trust to look out for them in our community, and most of my clients have also become close friends of our entire family. My husband waited almost a year to marry me after that, and we have now happily been together for almost 24 years. Everything changed, I was completely transformed into a new person, and was given over 20 years of bonus time (so far) in this life. Something I would not have been sure I wanted before (I attempted suicide from depression when I was in high school and was so angry with God when I woke up unharmed the morning after I overdosed), but for which I am deeply thankful, and more grateful every day. Although I still don't think I'm funny, I can even make people laugh now! I'm also an artist, and where I had done everything in black and white before, suddenly there was an explosion of color coming out of my hand! And my fear is gone. I love life, and not just my own but other people and all of the living creatures I'm honored to call brothers and sisters now. I experience serendipity in the timing of "chance" meetings and dealings with people, and it's not uncommon that people come to me for help, and somehow I'm always able to help them even when I'm not entirely sure I can. I have a purpose that continually unfolds to my surprise each day. Grace - the grace of God - WAS Victorious in my life, and I've been able to let that old Nancy float away, dead as a doornail, as I, comfortable in my skin now, continue becoming Hannah. I'm free.

    Great to meet you all!