Silvia Marinova

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What's in a name?

Every name has a story to be told!

My name means FOREST so you can guess form its meaning that it has many stories to tell but I don't wanna engage you in that now.
Here we are a big international group not knowng much about each other. So let's get to know and understand each other better by knowing what our names mean.

We think we know until we are surprised one Monday morning that we don't know anything. My mother's name is Diana and I never quite understood why I love the Moon, oaks and animals til I read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_%28mythology%29

Share an acronym, a poem, or just may be you have an interesting story related to your name!

What does it mean? Here's the place to tell ->

Closing Statement from Silvia Marinova

SO there it goes! Another conversation finished. Anyway I wanna thank to all the people who shared a bit of themselves here with us and let us get to know them better. There can be so many things in a name that I think it should have taken a longer period of time to ponder on this but still ... learned a lot, loved some of the stories mentioned here and in fact I've proven to myself how important really our name is to us - greatly! Love yourselves and your names. :)

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    Aug 21 2011: I have asked that same very question to my students every now and then, but lately have not done so due to too many STRANGE names being given to children that really often do not have a story or a derivation behind them. And have you read that due to this, New Zealand now stops parents from giving their children names if they think the name will be detrimental to the child (one example that I remember was Lucifer)? Interesting in a big-brotherish type of way, but also sad that parents have no common sense in naming their child and what could happen due to it!

    I think first names are important as I think in many cultures, there is a connotation to them and that often will either help or hinder the person in life. When I teach connotation, I pick out a boy and tell him that I think I have found the girl for him, and that she is in my 1st period class. He will play along with me and of course asks what her name is, When I respond "Bertha" he groans and the class laughs, for in America the mental picture of a Bertha is that of being overweight and not attractive at all. Yes, it is sad but it has been reported that often when employers only see the resume online and note that the name is something like "Quaneshia", he/she automatically thinks the person is black (and may have an attitude) and will put it aside before even looking at it. SO...to answer your quesion: What's in a name?", I have to say quite a lot!

    As for me, my mother named me after her favorite 40's movie star, Linda Darnell. BUT due to it being Spanish and all the Spanish influence of the movies back then, Linda was #1 from 1947-52 and #2 from 45-46 and 53-54! I remember there were 5 Linda's in my class in elementary school, and that was NO FUN. Today, since there are hardly any girls named Linda, when I hear someone with that name, I automatically assume the woman is my age.

    And finally, Linda means "beautiful" and boy, that is often hard to live up to! And with my middle name being Roxanne....ACK!
  • Aug 19 2011: What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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    Aug 19 2011: my name is sterling. c.1300 sterling meaning "silver penny" as certain norman coins had stars on them, (from middle english "sterre" meaning "star"), + dim. suffix -ling. c.1560 it became used for any money having the quality of the sterling. c.1600 it was used for english money in general. a pound sterling was originally a pound weight of sterlings... around 240 of them.

    so my name is basically... little star. true, and genuine.
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      Aug 19 2011: Sterling is a lovely name. When i worked at a jewellry store in my teens I learned that Sterling meant almost pure silver ( just enough of other things to make it stay in shape). There is also a biblical passage that says something to the effect that a good person is tried in the furnace like silver until the maker can see his own reflection in the pure silver.
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        Aug 19 2011: yes. thank you! that's interesting, i didn't know about any biblical passages related to the name.
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        Aug 21 2011: I agree, you definitely have a lovely and unique name. I have never had a student by that name in now my 34 years of teaching! It definitely has a strong and positive connotation.
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    Aug 19 2011: Hi Silvia,
    u have put forward an interesting question "what's in name".
    I have simple story behind my name.My father gave me this name in the honor of Great Indian wrestler "Dara Singh".
    My last name "Singh" means 'Lion'...ActuallyI'm a Sikh by religion and male Sikhs write Singh after their name as prescribed in the Sikh religion.
    My first name ' Dara' is a name with more than one origin. This link will give many meanings of 'Dara' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dara

    I'm always inspired by my name and the name "Dara Singh" always gives me guts to be powerfull man like great wrestler Dara Singh and move forward to undertake any task with full strength.
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    Aug 22 2011: When I married the father of my children I was please to take on the name Smith after a complicated former surname that did not have a meaning that I could discern.
    When my children were little I told them that 'Smith' meant a person who created things or built useful things even ideas. We were not people who destroyed but built. That sort of created a mythology for my children of who we were and I think that they absorbed that message.
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      Aug 30 2011: That's great! I think it's very important for a child to be proud of the name they have. I'm sure yours are surely satisfied with theirs. :)
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    Aug 22 2011: Hi, my dad's foreigner boss recommend Gemelli for my last name because I'm twin. But he's not Italian, nor do we.
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    Aug 21 2011: hi,i was unable 2 rply earlier about it "What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet."
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    Aug 21 2011: there is nothing in it
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    Aug 21 2011: dara singh - a wrestler
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    Aug 21 2011: Wow! I've only been away a few days and I see such great answers here. My point is not to find and depend on some hidden meaning behind words/names but to have fun and learn something new and get to know all our different cultures better. :) And for everyone who participated or would do that in the days to come here's a greeting:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6QYoJRZPvM

    Thanks for all the great comments so far. :D
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    Aug 19 2011: From the Slavic original boy name "Vladislav" to "Ladislas", then to "Laszlo" in Hungarian.
    And the meaning of Vladislav is "glorious rule".
    Certainly not me.
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    Aug 19 2011: My name is Muhammad Aizat.From what I know,Muhammad means admirable.I share the name with Prophet Muhammad.Aizat means noble.There's no story to be told about my name yet.However, I am determined that one day I'll have a story to tell about it.
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    Aug 19 2011: Name is nothing significant but some words (may be with some very good meanings though) untill unless it's beholder make it significant through her/his deeds in anyway.......

    Well even than there might be some stories behind each name as you rightly said, because those can be expressions of some dream of parents or grandparents or someone who gives the name to a kid.

    Don't know why my father gave me my name the way it is now. Born in a muslim family traditionally our names used to be arabic origin, so my names are.

    First name Salim means "handsome'' though I am not (may be to father I was the most handsome boy). There is a famous character in the history of our part of the world , who was the only son of Emperor Akbar known as Akbar the great. Salim with his myth of love is a kind of character who became challenge to great power of Akbar hence status quo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarkali

    Don't know what influenced my father to choose that , but I like to be someone who challenges status quo for improvement...... don't know I far

    Second part of my name is linguistic evolved version of King Solomon , whom in my language is called as Solaiman.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon

    Again don't know whether the desire of my father was to have wisdom or wealth or power of Solomon for which he is known in history. I defintely have none of those ....

    Couple of years back as first relocated in Saudi , one of elderly Arab colleague on the first day asked me,
    "who gave your name?"
    Asked why? Answered " tell me who, I will tell why".
    As I gave my answer, he told "your father might be a poet or wise".
    He was neither, just simple man
    He replied " whatever, your both names combined together made a very good poetic inner lyric, sure your father was a wise man and very poetic"

    I felt good though like most, I like my name since I am aware of it.

    In our culture names given random. From name it's difficult find clue about family or heritage as in most culture
  • Aug 19 2011: Don't you think that once we place meaning on a name, we take away from who we are at our core? A name means nothing... It is through our actions that we should be defined.

    If we have to find inspiration in a name, I think our priorities are a little mixed up. As a fun exercise, I see nothing wrong with it, but when people start taking it seriously, I really think there is something delusional about it.
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      Aug 21 2011: I disagree with you a bit. Our names are our first impression whether we realize it or not at least here in America. And even though I agree with you that they should not define who we are as people, sometimes they do due to the connotation our name gives. Take a look at what I had written in my other post to see more what I mean, if you would like.
      • Aug 21 2011: Your side of the debate on this topic is from where an ugly sort of bigotry stems. Social status based on name recognition, the idea that you are defined by another's actions (whether that relative is an immediate family member or not), deriving any type of judgement from something so arbitrary as what we are called from the moment we enter this world and have not revealed anything of our personal moral quotient, intellect, ability to act as a functioning member of society is dangerous and in my view, completely based on ignorance.

        Instead of embracing this first impression based on a meaningless name, why not reinforce that the only proper way to judge an individual is based on his or her actions?

        I was born a straight white male. I was given the name "Jason" by my parents. None of these things should give anyone a preconceived notion of me that differs from someone who happened to be born as a black lesbian with the name "Shervon". Unfortunately, this is not the case. We live in a world where unjust criticisms and accolades are thrown about with almost complete acceptance by society. I do not agree with this and will stand up to anyone who tries to argue the benefits of such a society.

        Should we feel shame or guilt due to nothing more than our first or last name? Should we feel pride, guilt, shame due to the color of our skin or hair? How about sexual preference? How about type of religion or lack there of?

        I am not sure where you disagree with me "a bit". Do you really think that a name does have a value to be judged in a positive or negative manner and rightly transferred onto its owner? Do you feel that first impressions should be so shallow?
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          Aug 21 2011: First off, I didn't know I was in a debate with you as I was just stating what I have perceived in my lifetime, and just wanted you to see it as you had written that "a name means nothing" and that is the point I disagreed with. .I don't know how old you are in order to have seen this happen, but even if you are young, have you not witnessed this even when you were in school?

          Second, I never said it was RIGHT. Unjust criticism is everywhere, and the fact that you (and hopefully I) do not partake in it is a good thing; but many people do as my examples prove. And for the most part I stand by my comment that our first impression is our name; but you have a very common one, Jason, that would not make you stand out at all...and maybe even have a favorable connotation to it depending upon if the person reading your name know Greek mythology. Let me ask you this: DO you think you would have been treated differently had your name been Shevron?

          You know, there often is a reason why people are given certain names. Many religious parents name their children from the Bible; others due to it being a family name; others due to mythological characters; others due to pop culture icons, and others due to virtues or traits they hope their children will have. AND in some Native American tribes, names are given at birth, but when the child becomes older, he is given the name of the talent or strength that he/she has shown, and the name can even change once the person becomes and adult, so in this instance, the name "IS rightly transferred onto its owner."

          And I just remembered this. An upperclass basically all-white high school was being built, I think it was in CO., and the student body got to name it, The name they had chosen was Dr.. Martin Luther King High School...BUT it never stayed that way as the board felt that people would :"assume" it was poor and black. Sad, huh?

          Again, I am not in a debate with you, Jason, so lighten up as for the most part, I agree with you! Sheesh
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    Aug 19 2011: The language of my ancestors was called Bourrah-Pabir. The name Borrah has been passed down in my family for generations in honor of the memory of days long past.
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    Aug 19 2011: My first name (Thomas) was given to me by my parents in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, famous philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, my innate skeptical frame of mind led my mother to state (frequently!) that there had been a mix-up since I more resembled Thomas the Doubting Apostle. Though Thomas means "twin", I have neither a fraternal twin nor identical clone-twin. I used to kid folks by calling myself Didymus, a double pun ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_the_Apostle ), but no one got my humor, so I gave it up....
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    Aug 19 2011: My last name (Brucia) is -- technically -- Italian, but it is the verb form of 'to burn', as in 'the wood burns'. Huh? The family 'mystery' however bears clues.... the critical one is that all the known Brucia clans seem to have originated in the coastal Sicilian town of Alcamo, and family histories take us back to the 1700s. The theory is that either a fisherman, adventurer, or seaman from the British Isles named Burns got stranded or settled in the pleasant little town -- and -- not having been born speaking Italian, simply translated his name "Burns" directly into Italian, with no understanding that his choice of words was slightly off-key. Given the lack of any better theory, I'll go with it. (Unlike my mother's Irish-American family that -- like all Irish-American families -- claims to be descended from Celtic royalty, the Italian-American side is content with being descended from a guy stuck in a small town... and eventually having a family there).
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    Aug 19 2011: Mine is ultimately militaristic ( It is a command actually meaning ''Be a soldier''). I guess we Turks have a serious issue on that. What ever , I was always against violence, even when I was in the army ( in Turkey all men have to service for a while) I hated firing guns etc. So if I have a boy I will name him sth related to nature, sea, sky, waterfall...