With us having to find a name for our son, I started looking deeper into names & I believe that there is so much more locked up in a name…
According to the Oxford dictionary the definition of a name is
– a word or set of words by which a person or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.
& the definition of a surname is
– a hereditary name common to all members of a family, as distinct from a forename or given name.
Delving a bit deeper, a good place to start is to look at the history of names. When it comes to names, they were there from the start of creation. Names were given to reflect something of significance or to describe the course of the life to be lived. In biblical times they didn’t have surnames, but were however referred to as the son or daughter of.
With surnames it is interesting… It became popular in the Roman Empire & expanded throughout the Mediterranean & Western Europe as a result. During the early Middle Ages the practice of surnames died out & reemerged gradually at the end of the Middle Ages. First in the form of bynames indicating occupation or a place of residence. Then it developed gradually into what we know it as today. Surnames / family names / last names as we know it is indicative of a person’s family / tribe / community.
The family name is usually placed after the given name, however there are countries & cultures where the family name is placed before the person’s given name. Just one of the little things indicating that different cultures have different naming practices.
When it comes to giving names to children, things can be quite interesting… As to who has input & ultimately who has the final say. We saw even in our own family how important carrying on family names is to certain family members. HOWEVER, we’ve decided to do things just a little different…
We know that a name has power – as with your name, life & purpose is spoken over your life! Proverbs 22 vs 1 states “A good name [earned by Honorable behaviour, godly wisdom, moral courage, and personal integrity] is more desirable than great riches; And favour is better than silver and gold.” Therefor we started out with the meanings that we want to bless our son with & searched for names with those specific meanings! For we know that every time your name is spoken, that which is locked up in its meaning is spoken out over your life.
May you now understand & know that Your name carries weight…
It speaks life & destiny over you!
It proclaims your identity!!