Monday, November 16, 2009

Your Name Does Not Mean Princess!


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,

Fire Lyte

6 comments:

  1. Hey, Mr Fire Lyte, hey. Only yesterday I found your web logue here from your article on The Witches' Voice, "You Are Not A Tool", in which you drive home many a salient point. Thank you for that.

    As for my name's meaning? It means "Whispers of the Silver Hand", since, you're never gonna believe this, it's a derivative from Nuada, an ancient Irish folk hero & not the anti-human Elven supremacist that he was made out to be in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The surname, Effro, of course, is Cymri & means "ever vigilant" or simply "awake", all depending on how one utilises it in its appropriate application. Brilliant site here, BTW.

    Cheers & DO keep on blogging,
    Anadæ Effro (•8-D}

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  2. But see, now that's an excellent name, and yes I believe its derivation. I can just not get over how many people get so stuck on silly things like being the "Pretty Rose" or "God's Princess" or the like.

    I'm so glad to have you as a reader. Feel free to check out the podcast! If you like the writing, you'll love the show!

    Love and Lyte,

    Fire Lyte

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  3. Does pain and suffering count in the case of middle names!?

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  4. How do you mean? In my case, my middle name came from my father's great-uncle that drank himself to death.

    Joy.

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  5. Look up the meaning of Sarah. It's hebrew and came from Sarai. It's biblical and means princess. I have even double checked this on every site.
    Sarah is: Princess. In the Bible, Sarah was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. Her name was originally Sarai (quarrelsome), but God commanded that her name be changed to Sarah before the birth of her son.

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  6. LOL... Yes, Sarah might mean Princess, but every single female out there cannot claim the same. I hope you got the point. Thanks for the post, though!

    FL

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