Another baby name book read and still no closer to selecting a name for Child #5. However, I like What’s In A Name? and wanted to share it with you (you can get a used copy from Amazon for 1 penny right now).
Consider this excerpt from the Introduction:
Most name books give mainly literal or cultural meaning. Some will list beside each entry, famous people having had that name. Some will add quotations from well-known literary works. These books are, in a sense, impersonal name dictionaries and are not intended to be otherwise. This book is different!
Throughout the Bible are countless instances revealing God’s interest in individuals in their names. So deep was this interest, He sometimes changed names in order to better work out His plan in their lives. He’s also interested in you. We believe God has made you a special creation. He has a unique love for you. He wants you to live up to the potential He has placed within you. He wants you to live up to your name.
Every name has a meaning drawn from the language of its origin. Sometimes that meaning is obscured because of changes in the culture of in the customs. There is more to a name than its literal meaning, however. Each name can and does suggest a character quality–a goal for which to strive. That’s why this book is different. It features your name, the literal meaning, the character quality and an applicable scripture verse. This compilation will help you to understand the significance of your name and inspire you to live up to the character quality it suggests.
And, let me provide an example. I will use my youngest child Gabriel Paige:
Literal Meaning – MAN OF GOD
Suggested Character Quality or Godly Characteristics – MAN OF GOD
Suggested Lifetime Scripture Verse — Psalm 119:73
“Thy hands have made and prepared me; give me understanding, that I amy learn Thy commandments.”
Literal Meaning – ATTENDANT
Suggested Character Quality or Godly Characteristic – OBEDIENT SPIRIT
Suggested Lifetime Scripture Verse — Proverbs 15:33
“Reverence of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, for before honor must be humility.”
Moses Whitecotten: Have you thought of a name yet?
Novalee Nation: Well, I was thinking about Wendi with an “i.”
Moses Whitecotten: Oh no, don’t you dare.
Maybe we should follow Novalee’s example and add Americus to our short list which so far only includes Doodlebug.