Names and their meanings can affect us on three different levels – how a name sounds, it’s origin of meaning and it’s numerological meaning.
Firstly we react to the sound and look of a name either in a positive or a negative way. For instance the name Mother Teresa conjures up a very different feeling from the name Adolf Hitler. Leonardo DiCaprio will evoke a different response to Attila the Hun. However that’s partly because of our associations with the people who have that name and what we know about them. If we look at names that are less well known, see how they make you feel; Marcia Bratt, Cecil Simpkins, Ella Grace, Jack Coulton. Some names simply sound harsh, others sound soft. Some sound weak, others strong. How do you feel about your own name? Have you ever wanted to change it? If someone tells you their name you will react on some level to how the name sounds and that may cause you to make certain judgements about that person. Perhaps that’s why so many celebrities change their name. They need the name to be memorable but also they want it to sound like the name of a movie star or a great singer and so on. They want the name to conjure up a certain image. Some names are just more forgettable than others and that’s no good when you want casting directors and the like to remember you. Some stars were born with great names, others made them! Elvis Presley was born with his name, Elton John changed to his from Reg Dwight…Lady Gaga chose that name in preference to her birth name of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. I can see why. Lady Gaga is short, different and highly memorable. Her birth name not so much! John Wayne changed from Marrion Morrison. Just as well, I mean who can imagine a tough cowboy called Marrion?
Names and their meanings – the actual meaning of a name based on its origin.
This applies to surnames and obvious examples are names like Smith which originates from Blacksmiths and Carpenter which is self-explanatory. Other names have changed through the centuries so that their original meaning is not so obvious. For example the name Richards which derives from the two elements of ‘ric’ and ‘hard’, and translates as “powerful ruler”.
Then there are the ‘meanings’ one finds in name books, such as ‘Matthew means Gift of God’ and ‘Sophia means Wisdom’. Those name meanings are all well and good but they don’t actually have any bearing on how the name will affect the person it is given to.
Names and their meanings –…