Name meanings and info revealed origin, usage, and meaning of names from all over the world
The meaning of names is often lost over centuries of cultural change, migration, and conversion. Many parents these days choose names based on popular trends or what they find pleasing to the ears
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Name Meanings and Info Revealed: Origin, Usage, and Meaning ofNames From All Over the WorldThe meaning of names is often lost over centuries of cultural change, migration, and conversion. Manyparents these days choose names based on popular trends or what they find pleasing to the ears, butmost names come from rich traditions, representing specific nationalities, religions, ethnicities, andphilosophies. Anyone who thinks about the concepts of identity and tradition is sure to find value in thestudy of name meanings because this information reflects the values and concerns of cultures.Parents who are choosing names for babies often find that a bit of research helps them to find a namethat is beautiful, meaningful, and culturally relevant. For instance, if you are trying to get in touch withyour Celtic roots, you may want to study Celtic names for your baby that reflect concepts that areimportant to you – perseverance, charm, intelligence. You may choose to research Biblical names inorder to name your child after a Biblical character who you find admirable. The right website can providelists of name meanings, origins, and usages from all over the world, making it easier than ever to find justthe right name.Many people wonder, “what does my name mean?” This simple question can lead to a fascinatingprocess of learning. Many people these days have lost touch with their cultural roots (through no fault oftheir own). When you study your name, you may be able to learn about the religions, origins, and historyof your ancestors. This is particularly useful when combined with genealogical research, name researchcan be really enlightening. If your name is common in your family, there is probably a reason for that, andsometimes it is because the meaning of your name reflects values that were important to your ancestors.Whether you are involved in a serious journey of self-discovery or just curious, studying name meaningscan be rewarding.There are other reasons to study name meanings, including the choosing of names for pets or fictionalcharacters for films, novels, and other creative works. Gift giving can be more creative as well when youstudy names, because you can find items that reflect the meaning of the recipient’s name. If a closefriend’s name means “strength,” you might start giving him / her gifts that represent a noble animal that isknown for its strength, like a bull or an elephant (depending upon the individual’s personality). Theapplication of this knowledge is up to you, but it can open up a whole world of creative possibilities.About the Author
The author is a university professor who has written many articles about culture, religion, and themeaning of names. He encourages people to ask “what does my name mean,” because namemeanings can provide valuable insights into one’s personality, family traditions, and cultural identity.