Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names. ~Japanese Proverb
If I listed a few names of few people – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson – you would know immediately about whom I spoke. Why? Because of their NAME. We associate THAT name with what that particular person accomplished. Some people even name their children after someone with a well-known name.
What about names like John Wilkes Booth or Benedict Arnold or Ted Bundy? What do you see when you hear those names? An assassin, a traitor, and a killer.
The Bible gives great importance to names, so much so that God changed people’s names as necessary. Abram and Sarai became Abraham and Sarah; Jacob was renamed Israel; Simon became Peter. There were many others. These are but a few examples.
I know I sometimes find myself thinking someone with a certain name will be “like” someone else I know with that particular name. I go into the encounter prejudiced. I try to not do that since I figured out I was doing it, but that did have some relevance when I named my children. LOL
I’ll save you the list of their names and their meanings, but I was very careful what name I chose by its meaning. My first name means “pure” (my given name, not Ginger, which is just a nickname *smile*) and my middle name means “sheltered from the storm” (which I didn’t know until I just looked it up). Find out what your name means here.
So what about your name? What will it mean when you’ve gone? Will people associate your name with kindness and caring or with something else not so flattering?
Please share with us what your name means.