What’s in a name?

At the start of last summer (which never really was a summer), my dad’s sister died. For mysterious reasons (probably called “mama”) we hardly ever visited his side of the family. I went to the funeral anyway. The eldest son gave a touching eulogy to his mother, who had been a widow and raised two sons on her own. He talked about her name Irene, which means “peace” and how she really was a peace maker during her life. I wish I had known her better, as I have so many questions. This eulogy made me think again about the meaning of names. Most people choose a baby name because they like it. It’s fashionable. It’s a statement. It’s in the family. I chose my children’s name based on their meaning. My son’s name means “victorious” or “conqueror”. I want him to conquer all in life, to be strong. My daughter’s name means “greatest”. I want her to excel in everything she does. And I don’t mean I want my kids to be rich, famous, unscrupulous. On the contrary, I want them to be good people. Good conquers all. Good is the greatest.

My name means hope. It always kind of stuck with me since I realized it’s meaning. Hope to realize my dreams. Hope to be happy. Hope to be a great mom. Hope for a great life for my kids. Hope to be a great friend. Hope to achieve wonderful things. But I have 4 names. Yes, four!

Claire is my second name. It means illustrious, clear, bright, famous. When I looked in the dictionary it said:
illustrious [ɪˈlʌstrɪəs]adj
of great renown; famous and distinguished
glorious or great illustrious deeds
3. Obsolete shining
I like to think I can do some illustrious deeds. If I ever am famous or distinguished, let it be for this reason.

My third name means “lion-like”. Which is funny. I am a scorpio, ascendant lion. And some people have commented I have lionesque manes (my wild curly hair).

My fourth name means “king”. Let me be the king/queen of my life!

Now my mother’s name means BLIND. Enough said.

Good night!


About Claire

As an eternal traveler and restless soul, I am always searching for ways to design my life. I have lived and worked in 7 different countries, and traveled to many more. Discovering new places, new people is what I love. My favourite thing is checking out local supermarkets for food products, have a taste of the local cuisine, and look at the arts & crafts shops. Of course a bit of sightseeing (historical, cultural, pure design, artistic,...) is a must too. Inspired to work with semi-precious metals, wood and other recycled materials, I have turned my creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in the countryside. Appropriately, My name means Hope. "Hope is the dream of a soul awake" is the personal statement. With Eternal Traveler - Design your life! I aspire to create a creative environment for functional art and life design. And with this reach out to like minded people.
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4 Responses to What’s in a name?

  1. Rayne says:

    What a great post. I have a name that my dad made up. Now, there are more Rayne’s – and the thing I like about my name is that it was waiting for me to define it. Nothing set in stone, nothing pre-determined. I got to blaze my own trail – name-wise. My mother’s first name was…… Norm. Enough said.

  2. Claire Claire says:

    Thanks Rayne. I think we all are meant to define our name, and leave our own trail. I hope you are advancing with your book editing!

  3. Susievintage says:

    Hi Claire
    My name is Susan. My mother always told me that I had been named after the beautiful and popular actress Susan Hampshire. But after she (my mother) died, her brother let slip that actually she had liked the name because it was the name of the Queen’s favourite corgi!!! So I am named after a short, bad-tempered little hunting dog – what does that tell you about my destiny! (It’s true about the short legs….)
    Love from Susan

  4. Claire Claire says:

    Susan is a Hebrew name meaning Lily. Which is a lovely delicate flower, unlike the short, bad-tempered little hunting dog! There is a whole lot about the symbolism of the lily flower too. So forget about the Queen’s corgi, and read up on the Hebrews, Greeks and Christians 😀

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