Daily Archives: November 9, 2006

What’s In A Name?

Awesome Mom tagged me for the Name Game – the reasons I named my kids what I did:

Elizabeth Ane:
Elizabeth means “God is my oath” in Hebrew. I have always loved this name, though I don’t care for the typical nicknames. Paul had a distant relative that was very special to him and he has fond memories of her. They always addressed her as Cousin Ruth, her middle name was Elizabeth. Ane means “full of grace” and is after me. Nope, I didn’t spell it wrong; it is the Danish spelling of the name. I pronounce as in “Anne” though it is probably more correctly pronounce “Anna”. The name is not just after me though, I received the name because of my Great Great Grandmother who was a Danish immigrant and was a pioneer who walked in the Christianson Handcart Company to Utah. (Obviously my parents didn’t name me for the ‘grace’ part of the name, heh) 🙂

Dorothy Louise: Dorothy is Greek and means “Gift of God”. I love the meaning of this name and that is a main factor for the reason we chose it, the other (aside from I love the name itself) reason is that it is my Mother’s name. My mother is a wonderful person who is a wonderful example to many. I thought it would be and honor to my daughter to receive her name. Louise is old German for “Famous Warrior.” When you look at Dot’s personality it makes me chuckle to see how well it fits. She definitely has a warrior spirit. 🙂 Louise is another family name that I love. I love the sound it makes as it rolls off the tongue.

Emily Bernice: I have found origins of Emily listed as German, English, and Latin. And with meanings just as varied. I prefer the German meaning of “Industrious”. But the reason I chose her name once again relates back to my name. My first name was after one of two sisters, Julia and Emily. They came across the ocean from England and made the pioneer trek to Utah in the Willie Handcart Company. The Willie Handcart Company is one of the groups famous for becoming trapped in the snow and facing much hardship. I always felt honored to be named after my other Great Great Grandmother and in awe of the marvelous legacy she left me. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to name one of my daughters after her sister, Emily. While Julia was sometimes ill and had to ride in the cart, Emily walked and pushed/pulled that cart every step of the way until they were trapped and could go no further in the harsh winter. Bernice is after Paul’s mom and is Greek, meaning “Bringer of Victory”. Though and older name, and not often used, I like the combination it makes with Emily.

Jacob Paul: Jacob means “Supplanter” (Hebrew) but the reason we named him Jacob originally was because it was one of our favorite boy names, had family meaning, and was a sound scriptural name. The name was brought to a new light and gained new meaning to me while he was in the hospital. One day, after surgery and after he had been re-intubated because his lungs had collapsed, I was praying and reading in the Book of Mormon. I picked up where I had last read and found myself reading the words a prophet name Lehi told his son Jacob: 2 Nephi 2:1-4 (especially, but the whole chapter is wonderful). I cried as I thought about the special relation I could make between the words in the scriptures and to our own Jacob. It brought me much comfort and solace, and made the name even more important to me. Paul, ‘small’ in Greek (and Jacob is in no means small, heh), is obviously after my husband. The name has been passed down through the family for some time switching from first to middle. I believe Jacob is the 4th or 5th generation (at least) to carry the name onward.

Well, there you have it. 🙂 Each name is very special and dear to me. I hope each one of my children will love their name, know how special and important each name is, and follow the wonderful examples of those that have forged the way before them.

Oh, and I tag anyone who wants to do it, I love knowing meanings of names and why parents picked the names they picked. 🙂


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