There's a girl that I work with whose first name is Alydar. She goes by Aly (like Alley). I asked what the origin of her name was, because she just seemed like a regular, white bread American girl. She said it was Israeli and that her name meant "God's Princess." I kind of giggled, because a girl sat in my section the night previous and had divulged that her name (something even more generic like Samantha or Rebecca...something....) also meant "God's Princess." Both of these girls said that their parents had purchased those little pieces of paper telling the origin of each of their respective girls' names. Funny thing, I've heard a whole bunch of girls over the course of my life saying that their name means something akin to "God's Princess" or "God's Chosen Princess" or some other favor bestowed by the Hebrew God onto these girls.
Likewise, a host of boys have been told their name mean's "God's Champion" or "God's Hero." My parents named me a name they believe means "God's Champion." Well, in reality, while my first name is Hebraic in origin, it is a question meaning, "Who is like God?" (Which is hilarious to me now, because I rather doubt I'm like the Hebrew God, Yahweh, at all...)
The point is that not everybody can be God's Princess. Your name might, instead, come from a word meaning 'grass' or 'the way the wind is." That's ok, because at the end of the day the true definition of your name is whoever you are.
But, if you ever try to suggest to that girl that she might not have a name giving her the most auspicious title of royalty in God's holy palace, you will meet a swift defense. Because, of course, the man who sold her a piece of paper for $30 telling her she was God's Special Chosen Baby Princess would never lie. He's not turning a profit... He's spreading the word, the proclamation, that she has been named royalty.
What does your name mean, and how much did you pay for it?
Love and Lyte,