The Importance of a Name: Part Two.

The Importance of a Name.

Part One: Choosing the right name.
Part Two: The meaning of name.

“The power of a name and its value has long been immortalised in prose, poetry and religious ceremony. Everyone recognizes himself or herself by name.

Let us consider what a name is. It is the grouping of several letters of an alphabet, or other symbols, which represent the identification of a person or an object”
Quote from www.kabalarians.com
  • Questions: Is it ok to pick a name just because you love it? Despite it's meaning?
  • Does anyone pick a name *just* because of its meaning, not because they originally love/d the name?
  • How accurate are meanings?
  • Are all Laurens, Hollys, Katys and Charlottes the same? 
When choosing names for our first born, Charles, we wrote a list of names we liked. I then looked up the meanings, not that it would have really changed our minds completely but just through interest.
Searching www.babynames.co.uk I found the following meanings for some of the choices on your boys name list:
  • Charles:  Free man
  • George: Farmer; earth worker
  • Elliot: My God is the Lord (or if spelt with two T's, Elliott: Jehovah is God)
  • Henry: Home ruler
  • Harry: Home ruler
  • Oliver: Olive tree
  • Tobias: God is good
There are more in depth meanings to these names and their history but these are the basic meanings.
Now although we were both Christened as babies, we are not active Christians. My husband isn't religious at all and I am "open minded". Yet seeing the Elliot and Tobias have religious meanings didn't put us off at all, if it was to put either of us off it would've been my husband, who is quite fussy over names really. (eg/ he will not consider the name Sebastian, which used to be on the shortlist, because of the Little Britain character)

Deeper meanings for names can be found on www.kabalarians.com and this is where my question 'Are all Laurens, Hollys, Katys and Charlottes the same? 'stemed from. I searched my own name to see the results. But as I don't know any other Laurens, and think I can't accurately assess my own name I decided to search Katy, as I know a few.
  • Your first name of Katy has made you a friendly, approachable, and generous person.
  • Generally you are good-natured, though at times you can be blunt and sarcastic.
  • As you are naturally talkative, you find it easy to meet and make friends with many people.
  • This name inclines you to be sympathetic and generous to those in difficult or unfortunate circumstances.
  • You can be firm, positive, and independent in your own ideas and in reaching your own decisions, yet when it comes to taking action or following things through to completion, you often need encouragement.
  • You respond quickly to kind words or any appreciation shown you.
  • There are artistic, creative abilities in this name that you could express through music or singing, or, in a practical way, through sewing or interior decorating
  • Although the name Katy creates the urge to be creative and original, we point out that is causes frustration through a scattered and emotional nature.
  • This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the liver, bloodstream, and in tension or accidents to the head.
So is this website suggesting that all Katys are to have these attributes? I can clearly state the answer.....no! So, do we just dismiss the meanings? 
Also with so many websites and books stating different meanings for names which ones to we believe, if we want to believe them or take it seriously. By this I mean if one website says the name means 'pure' and anyone with that name will be successful in life, yet another site says something completely different, which one do we believe and, does it really matter?

I'm not sure I could ever look up a particular meaning and choose a name with the main reason being the meaning, rather than the love of the name. Do people do this?
I do believe it is possible to eventually fall in love with a name. As I said in my previous blog post, we originally wanted the name Charlie, but it didn't feel like enough so we went for Charles...did I love Charles at first? No, but I liked it a lot. Eventually I loved it, it didn't take long for me to.
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