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What does your name mean?

   Discussion: What does your name mean?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 13 years, 9 months ago
Most sources I've come across say that Gordon means hill, or rounded hill, or some variation on that. A few say that it means hero. They all agree it is a Scottish Surname.

My Hebrew name Gershon is more interesting, it means "stranger in a strange land." I've always thought that fit me well.

While I'm at it here is the Gordon coat of arms.
Andrea Krause Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I believe mine just gets to tag along with "Andrew" and means "manly and courageous". Yeah. That's me to a T.
Andrea Krause Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
And my last name means several things (thanks renita! :) ) but one site I checked said it's a descriptive surname meaning "with curly hair". Sooo....I'm Manly With Curly Hair. Go me?
renita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
that would actually fit very well with the translation of "ruff"

cool!
Andrea Krause Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

My middle name (Renee) means "born again".

Manly Born Again With Curly Hair

Starfox Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Since I'm Andrew, I'm "manly", and my last name, which is a slight mispelling, is roughly translated from French as "the horse's mane".

Now, I've been called the OTHER end of the horse before, but not the horse's mane. :)
Andrea Krause Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I guess in the end we're both hairy menfolk. :)
hkath Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Wow, thanks for posting this, Gordon. Otherwise I would never have found out that my name was actually misappropriated by the Romans (damn those Romans!), who covered up its actual root by adding an "h", thereby associating it with the Greek word meaning "pure, virginal" (ugh.)

Its actual meaning is derived from Hecate, who was a goddess associated with the occult, witchcraft and the underworld. We are apparently just discovering this. Woo.

And here's where I start translating from French websites. My last name comes from Normandy and Brittany (the place, not the person). People seem to think it's derived either from the first name "Matthieu", which comes from "Matthaeus" ('which is given' in Hebrew) or from the first name "Mathilde" (which comes from the German for 'might' or 'power').

Well, that sucked up a good twenty minutes I could have spent working! :D
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I just found that my last name Nash is derived from Ash Grove.
stealthlori Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

better an ash grove than an ash farm, or you'd be the attorney general.

then again, that's not such a bad idea.;)

danced with Lazlo Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Matthew/Matthaeus in Hebrew is Matityahu and means Gift of God.
hkath Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Please email the French and tell them :)
danced with Lazlo Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I just might. ;P
jacicita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
"damn to the depths whatever muttonhead thought up parley!"

"that would be the french."
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
my first name: From the Irish surname Ciardha, which means "descendent of Ciardha." The name Ciardha means "dark" in Gaelic.

and my last name comes from the irish surname Fearghaile, which is defined on various sites as "great strength" or "man of valour." here's our coat of arms, which i've always dug.

and since my first name is a last name (my grandma's maiden name, actually), here's the carey coat of arms, too. but. she was only a carey because my great-grandfather's name was changed to carey from carew (same pronunciation) at ellis island. so the carew coat of arms, which is pretty oogly.

and just for fun, the healey crest (mom's maiden name). my grandparents actually had furniture designed based on that. bah.

and i'll stop before i start linking you to walshes and barretts and havilands.

have i ever mentioned that my dad is a geneology FREAK?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Did you notice how similar the Healy Crest is with the Gordon one?
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
yup, i noticed that when i saw the gordon crest. i bet *you* don't have an ugly couch with those little guys carved into it, tho. :P
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
No, I have those ugly guys sitting on my couch.
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
liar. i've seen all your couches. you only have groovy girls and gorillas.
Janos Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Hannah means grace, I believe. My last name doesn't mean anything, I don't think... there are only 300 of us in the world ;)
Annika Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Annika - Root: ANIKA (Czech) Very Beautiful
Heather (British) Small shrub with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky areas
Nelson (British) Son of Nell
Schoenbeck (German) SCHOEN (German) Beautiful brook
(Schoenbeck would be my last name if my great grandad hadn't changed it during ww2)
Annika Back · 10 years, 3 months ago

Annika = Grace
Heather = Flowering Shrub
Nelson = Son of Nels

Mine sucks

Talcott · 13 years, 9 months ago
Talcott = Tall Cottage in old english

Nik Chaikin · 13 years, 9 months ago
My last name, Chaikin means seagull in russian.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
What I want to know is how do you say Russian in Seagull?
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
i believe it's "awwwwwk! awwwwwwwwk!"

tho it could be "aaaaaaaaaaaaawk! aaaaaaaaaaaaaawk!"

i haven't studied seagull since high school.
jacicita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
mine. *nods*
renita · 13 years, 9 months ago
some name books link it to Renee, or Renata. *yawn*
it which case it means, renew or reborn, or whatever.

HOWEVER.

I have also seen it linked back to the Latin
renitor -i dep. [to oppose , withstand, resist].
and that book said it meant rebellious rebel.

and that's the one I choose to go with, yo.

RENITOR! Burninating the country-side.
renita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
hrm. another site has it as "poised", as if, *rolleyes*

and my last name means "tall" sigh, big surprise, and bigger joke :p
nate... · 13 years, 9 months ago
According to behindthename.com:

NATHAN m English, Biblical
Pronounced: NAY-than
Means "giver" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a prophet and also a son of King David.

Ain't got nothin for DeRose, though.



Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I'm pretty sure DeRose means of rose, or perhaps of pink. I'd bet on the first.
I can see the bunny Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Leanne is a combination of Lee (varient of the Old English 'leah' meaning 'meadow') and Anne (French, English, German and Scandinavian form of Hannah meaning 'favour' or 'grace')

Elizebeth (which normal people spell Elizabeth - I have a feeling my parents just can't spell) is a form of Elisabet, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheba meaning "God is my oath".

Davis is derived from Davies and originates in Wales. I haven't found out who's responsible for the surname shift yet (either my great-grandfather or his sons). It's defined as "Son of David" meaning 'beloved'
*joolee* · 13 years, 9 months ago
*grumble* So, I looked up Julie, which is a form of Julia, which is a form of Julius, which means - "downy-bearded"

Harumph!
nate... Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
heee!
You're the bearded lady!

:D
It's a girl! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Joolee: according to my baby name book, Julie means "youthful" Perhaps "downy-bearded" refers to a young man who still has peach fuzz rather than a full beard
Kris 'engaged' Bedient · 13 years, 9 months ago

Kristin (though I usually just go by Kris): German form of CHRISTINA: Feminine form of CHRISTIAN

Laura (also my mother's first name): Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". In ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands.

Bedient: a german word meaning "served" or "to serve"

So this makes me a victorious christian servant? Yeah.

Sara Woodward · 13 years, 9 months ago
Sara means princess, last name used to be Pfeifer, which is something like Pepper Maker. Woodward, I don't know yet, haven't thought to look.
Talcott Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Hmm... I always figured that woodward would be like a ranger. A ward of the woods.

But then, that's a complete guess ;-)
renita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Pfeifen, in german is to whistle. so pfeifer would be one who whistles.

Pfeffer is pepper.

but where does your last name come from?

if it's not germany, then, well. ignore everything I just said ;->
Mamalissa! · 13 years, 9 months ago
My English name, Melissa, is from the Greek meaning "honeybee". The latin word "melior" also derives from the same Greek word, and means "sweet"

My Hebrew name, Miriam, means "bitter sea." I've always thought it funny that my names were opposites. I'd rather my Hebrew name were the translation "Devorah" which means "honeybee," and the related word "d'vash" means sweet. Then again, I'm not sure I'd make a good Debbie.

Interestingly, when I looked up "Miriam" on behindthename.com, it said it was a form of Mary, and then linked there for the definition. It provides the definition "sea of bitterness" among others, but ultimately concludes that it's a form of an Egyptian word for "mr love" or "my beloved". I've always heard that Mary is a form of Miriam - it sounds like an attempt to move the name away from the concept of bitterness to me.
lawrence Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
so in other words, your name is bittersweet?
Mamalissa! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
you got it!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I'm calling you dark chocolate from now on.
Phoenix · 13 years, 9 months ago
Reinhard is from the Germanic name Reginhardus, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and hard "brave".
This name was borne by Reynard (English) (or renard in French) the fox, a sly character in fables like Le corbeau et le renard par Jean de LaFontaine. In contemporary French renard (=fox) has completely replaced the word goupil that was predominant in Old French.

The last name is more complicated though. My dad's family is from the Poland/Baltic area and the name is said to mean something like the man from the wood. Liekomg a frvous reference!
Mamalissa! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
You're from the wood? 'Cause my mom's from the apple orchard! Her maiden name is Obsgarten. (Or Obstgarten - depending on the branch of the family. That is, which grave you're looking at.)

Schick is made up. It was Szyja in Germany (pronounced Zheeya...hey, if I took that back and named my kid Jian, they could be Jian Szyja!). Even before that, in Poland, it was something like Szyjahubayevitch.
Phoenix Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

Really intriguing... Btw Obstgarten would be correct for apple orchard :)
And I like the special emphasis you can give to Jian Szyja. It really wants to be sung... My last name went through a lot of "transformations" as well Lec, Liec, Liess (thats my name).

soul groove feline Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
dude. another partly-Baltic fruhead.

sventas bezdzionebalius.

that's "holy monkeyballs", translated directly into Lithuanian.

it loses something in the translation, methinks :P
It's a girl! · 13 years, 9 months ago
Ellen is a variant of Helen, which means "light"
My middle name is Marie, which means "bitterness"
Rowland means "famous land" and I assume World is self defining.


Madeline means "from Magdala" and is a reference to Mary Magdalen. (I didn't necessarily pick it for that reason, but I'm fine with it)
Rose is, well, rose.
Likewise with World.

Jºnªthªn · 13 years, 9 months ago
Jonathan - from the Hebrew Yehonatan or "God has given"
Noah - from the Hebrew Noach or "comfort"
Simon - from the Hebrew Shimon or "listening"

My brother is Michael ("who is like God?") Aaron (brother of Moses)

Many of these names are common to Christians, Jew, and Muslims. I wonder if Mollie's sister knows that she named her son after the angel who dictated the Koran to Mohammed?
Deacon Nailbat · 13 years, 9 months ago
David = Beloved
Schoeneck = (approximately) beautiful corner.

woosh

I couldn't feel cooler than being named for a "special intersection".

Bender · 13 years, 9 months ago
Leah means "weary" . Yup. Somewhere, I've read "queen" or "cow", but usually weary.

Bender is an interesting story. I was told once by some Israeli guy who I think had tertiary syphilis or something that it means "of the next generation", and I can soooort of see what he means, but he was out of his mind. Just recently, I learned that the original pronunciation of Bender, kind of like Bnder, is a common Russian (but not usually Jewish, oddly enough) name. It refers to the profession of making large buckets. Not regular buckets, mind you. Large ones.

Therefore, I'm the weary bucketmaker.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I always liked the cow theory since it goes along with Rachel meaning lamb. (waits to be corrected).
Bender Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
I have a new name to add to the list, so it's great this forum's been bumped.

Bestekeni, my Kemetic name, means "Bes is near (me)", Bes being a fairly obscure Egyptian god.   I received this name in late December and in the temple, usually go by Tekeni or Tek.
jacicita · 13 years, 9 months ago
jaclyn -> jacqueline -> jacques -> jacob -> the supplanter. as in jacob have i loved, esau have i hated. which is sort of amusing considering my family.

last name, no clue. but it's rare. making me easy to find on the internet.
renita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
dang, now I have that book in my head.

and i have no access to it. :/

it'll have to wait until I get home :)
stealthlori · 13 years, 9 months ago
Loretta = pure, virtuous, and victorious, as a Latin derivative. It's related to Laurel, Lau/Lawrence, Laura etc. My paternal grandfather was a Lawrence, but I was named for my mother.

My natal surname, which is now my middle name, is Haines. Several derivations there. The Saxon derivation is from Ainulph, and means "does not need help." (HA!) The Haine is also a river in Belgium, and haine means hate in French. Finally, from the German, Haine is a wood, forest, thicket, grove. Since I don't have any French or Belgian blood, but am English and German through that line, I tend to credit the self-sufficient or forest meanings.

My married last name, Martin, is excruciatingly common in French. It jumped the English Channel with the Norman Conquest, and it means "martial". So I used to be purely and virtuously woods (virgin forest? I like that) or self-sufficient, but now I'm purely and virtuously (and victoriously!) martial, which I find pretty darn funny. Martin is also the 11th most common surname in the US. I'm surprised there aren't more of us on fhdc (except I suppose there's nothing common about fhdc denizens.)

My born middle name is Ann, "favour" or "grace". As in St. Anne, and as in practically every girl-child born in the early sixties was given Ann(e) as a middle name or as a suffix appended to her first name. My aunts, uncles, and cousins on my father's side of the family still call me "Lori Ann", which makes me feel like I'm about 4. ;)
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
everyone in my family still calls me "carey anne." gagggg.
Phoenix Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Ew. Capital punishment. I hope you are not likely to get carey'd away ...
Beth Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

My cousins' grandmother used to call me Beth Ann all the time.

But my middle name is Jane, and she knew itl.

Bender Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
wait, you're not about four?
stealthlori Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
we're about 9. duh.
Annika Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

*laughs*

danced with Lazlo · 13 years, 9 months ago
My first name is Yiddish and means a girl with golden hair.

My middle name, Rachel (Hebrew pronunciation) means ewe.

My last name is an Ellis Island mistake. My family name in Poland was Susel. We don't really know what it originally meant. In Yiddish, it might mean something like sweet little one.

I recently found out though that in Russian, Gella is the name for Helle, the cousin of Jason of Jason and the (countless screaming) argonauts, who drowned bringing the Golden Fleece to the grove of Ares or somesuch.

I also found a coat of arms for Gella which is apparently a Catalan name. No clue what it means.
hkath Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I just noticed last week that I think there's a character on Gilmore Girls named Gella... except she appears to pronounce it "Jell-a", which is just... so. Wrong. I hope I heard wrong. It's a minor character, so there wasn't a lot of repetition to check.
stealthlori Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

for a long time before i met our gella, i thought she was pronounced jella. so when she finally introduced herself to me, we had a whack conversation. (it was noisy, at the keswick.)

g: hi! I'm gella!

l: oh! hi! jella from the newsgroup? you make some great posts!

g:no. Gella.

l. oh. Della! sorry, I was thinking about someone else I guess ...

g: no, you're right about the posting. it's me. I'm Gella.

l: *tries to crawl under seat"

I also recall that Gella was very impressed with Jian's attention to detail because he got her name right the first time.

so maybe the character on Gilmore Girls is really Della. ;)

danced with Lazlo Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Yeah, well... his name is Jian. Come on.
Bender Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
dude. yesterday, I saw a guy with "Jian" tattooed on his neck. I forgot who I told about it. Gordon doesn't believe me because he was in the bathroom. I did a triple-take and nearly choked.
danced with Lazlo Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
You told me.
Bender Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
okay, so I repeat myself. I only have so many stories, you know ;P
stealthlori Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
and me. ;)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
I still don't believe you :-)
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
*cracks up*

of course, i thought it was "jella," too.

and we won't even get into "jay-cee." :)
nate... Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
actually, i always thought it was "ja-cee".... rhyming with "chassis" or "lassie".


Phoenix Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
me too - until I overheard  monkeys+eggs=perfection pronounce it differently...
jacicita Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
can opened, worms everywhere
trunger is counting... · 13 years, 9 months ago
trung = loyalty
Sarah THE chicken · 13 years, 9 months ago
My name happens to mean princess...which is just a bit ironic. My brothers name means little King, which is more fitting..he likes to be waited on and obeyed. Hoy...the family!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
My friend's name is Aubrey and his father's name is Alfred. I always loved that as Aubrey is from the French for Elf King and Alfred is from the Old English for Elf friend. I'm guessing this is just a coincidence.
Pacho · 13 years, 9 months ago
MICHAEL m English, German, Czech, Biblical
From the Hebrew name Miyka'el which meant "who is like God?". This was the name of one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers. This was also the name of nine Byzantine emperors and a czar of Russia. Other more modern bearers of this name include the 19th-century chemist/physicist Michael Faraday and basketball player Michael Jordan.


DONALD m Scottish, English
From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the Old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". Two kings of Scotland have borne this name.


CARR (KERR) m Scottish, English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from a place name meaning "rough wet ground" in Old Norse.
Annika Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Heh. So you're "Like god, who rules the world on mud and rocks"?
Phoenix Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Wasn't that rocks and trees and waterrrrrrrr?
goovie is married! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
hee!

that's exactly where my mind went, too.
Phoenix Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Cool. Great minds think alike :)
zil · 13 years, 9 months ago
ZILPAH f Biblical
Pronounced: ZIL-pa
Means "frailty" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the slave-girl who was given to Jacob by Leah.

not exactly my name but we're pretty sure it used to be spelled Zilpah. frail?! meh, I'm as healthy as a horse!! riiiight, except not. me=weak.

by the way: HI EVERYONE!!! her from my friends puter. missing you.
zil Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
also ZILAH meaning: Shadow.
Prinut · 13 years, 9 months ago
My name, Priya, in Hindi means "sweetheart" or "darling one"
My parents beg to differ most of the time...
I like my sisters name...Chaitali...it means "inspiration" ...although she isn't.
Joy- new picture! · 13 years, 9 months ago
Take a wild guess...
danced with Lazlo Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Your name means Gila.
nitsita · 13 years, 9 months ago
nitsa -> greek diminutive of Helen, meaning light, so "little light"..
helena -> another form of Helen.. again, light. duh.
ortmann -> German. Ort means place, Mann is ..well.. man.

so. recap. I'm the light of the man of the place.

lantern, anyone?

nitza (with the z) is hebrew for bud from a flower...
Joy- new picture! Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

ManPlace!

(not as good without the deep growly orc voice. or, for your Orc on a diet...)

Light ManPlace. Yum.

Will work for anime · 13 years, 9 months ago
AMY English
Pronounced: AY-mee
Derived from Old French aime meaning "beloved".

THU GIANG Vietnamese
Pronounced: To-Yaong (or there abouts)
it either means autumn moon or autumn river...my mother's middle name is very similar and means the other, but i can never remember which one's which

i've never found out what SCHRADER means (except it's german -duh)

i know for a fact that my married name CHAPLIN had absolutly no relation to Charlie...unless you're refering to Richard's cat
stealthlori Back · 13 years, 9 months ago
Amy Schrader omg it's you! hi!
Will work for anime Back · 13 years, 9 months ago

Lori?????????

LORI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *massiveBIGfruhugs* :-)

HI :-D

sheryls · 13 years, 9 months ago
from the link from nate (behindthename):

SHERYL - variant of CHERYL

CHERYL f English
Pronounced: SHER-il
Meaning unknown, perhaps a blend of CHERIE and BERYL
CHERIE - Derived from French chrie meaning "darling".
BERYL -From the English word for the pale green precious stone, ultimately deriving from Sanskrit.


JEAN - Medieval variant of JANE
JANE - English form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Johannes (see JOHN).
JOHN - English form of Johannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name Ioannes, itself derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".

STOLLER - man, i can't find crap on Stoller! what's a good website to find this? as far as i know, it's a variant of the russian word "stol" which is "table", so perhaps, one who makes tables, or a carpenter, but carpenter is "ݧߧڧ" (plotnik).

*sigh*
Matthew Gordon Hauge · 10 years, 3 months ago
My name would be:

Matthew = Gifted, the gift, Gift of God.
Gordon = Hill, Rounded Hill, Hero
Hauge = Hill, place of many hills.

The Chinese don't use names like we do. When you meet a chinese person who tells you that his name i george, it is usually a western, short name, he calls himself so you can understand him.
The Chinese use a whole sentence that tells something about a person. A Chinese name is very personal, and few people have the same name, in china.
I have been told that my name would be "The gifted hero standing on the hill."
The Chinese would then have a written one sumbol name for me, that I would be able to use as a signature. They often make stamps that are used as signatures, since it is a personal item that can't be copied.

The next person with the "same" name would get a variation of the sentence, so his name would not be accurate like mine. His might be " The gift to the hero who lives on the hill".
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
What led you to resurrect a three-year-old forum?

As you gave your last name I'll say what mine means.

Nash = Ash grove.

Ashcroft means Ash farm, almost the same thing. I think I'd have made a better Attorney General.
trunger is counting... · 10 years, 3 months ago
My name means "loyalty"
My last name is a given name which dates back to one of the kings from Vietnam. Apparently it was a name of favor bestowed upon those he liked. It's kinda like "Sir blah blah" with Europe. Pronounced in Vietnamese, my name is said in reverse. Meaning that it pronounced Tran Minh Trung. And if you wanted to translate it would be Sir Minh Trung. And no, if you know a Tran I probably don't know them or are related. :p

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