What’s in a Name?
This is something I think about from time to time, but was asked about this yesterday, which got me thinking again.
If you were to change your first name, what would you change it to?
For me, the meaning of a name is important. When choosing the names for my children, we turned down any number of names we liked the sound of because the meaning was wrong for us. So, if I was to change my own name, the meaning of the new name would be important.
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my real name. I’ve shortened it, in several ways, been back and forward with it, still don’t feel settled with it in many ways. Its meaning is “Victory of the People” and so I feel that I really should be able to embrace it more. Over the years, it’s been Nikki, Nic, Nicola, Ola, Ollie and it still doesn’t seem to fit somehow. I’m more troubled with my middle name though. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a very ordinary name, but it a very typical name to paired with my first name. It means “God is Gracious” and that troubles me.
So, what would I choose if I were to change my name? That’s easy. It would be Mahala. It means woman. And it sums up my spirituality – that there is something spiritual, and very important, about being a woman.
So, what’s in a name?