Wednesday, June 16, 2010
What's In A Name?
Names fascinate me!! I work in a gift shop and when I help customers at the register I usually have to ask for some form of ID to prove to me that they are who they say they are! I have learned MANY interesting names that way....the typical names like Sue, Mary, Kathy, and then the more unique names like Monique, Angelica, Harla, and my very MOST unusual one.....RANSOM!!! She told me she was named after a great grandfather and said her name started MANY interesting conversations!! I can just imagine, can't you? She would have to be so careful that people didn't think she was ASKING for Ransom!
My favorite names are ones I am familiar with, like my own names, Julie Elizabeth, and my other family members' names. They are well known to me, music to my ears and bring feelings of warmth and love as I say them, because they MEAN something personal TO ME!!
I was named "Julie" by my Uncle, and "Elizabeth" after my grandmothers on both sides of the family! I learned the the name Julie means, "youthful one", and the name Elizabeth means, "promised by God!" I am certainly happy for both meanings and am really trying to live up to both of them!!
One of the greatest joys of my life this past year was to become a first-time Grandmother!! Our little Isabella Elizabeth was born in January and I did an earlier post about her arrival, and it is hard to believe she is almost 4 months old as I write!! Sadly for me, she lives in CA and I live in WA, so it makes visits very hard indeed!! Thankfully, we have the wonders of Skype, and cell phone text pics, so I can see her progress and my daughter in law and son are great about keeping us up to date! I actually heard her first burp over the computer!!! In April, Grandpa Jeff and I got to actually go for a visit and what a joy it was to hold little "Bella" in our arms!!! Pure Heaven!! Isabella means, "promised by God" and Elizabeth also means "promised by God!" I sure got doubly blessed and someday I will tell her that she is my, "Double Promise!"
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet. ~ Shakespeare