February 3, 2012

Fun Friday: Does Your Name Fit?


When I was little, I was a drama queen. Bossy. A bit of a know-it-all. (OK, OK, probably not all of this is entirely in the past…nobody’s perfect!)

And guess what Lindsay means?

Peaceful isle.

Bahaha.

I always thought that was the utmost of irony. But as I grew, I became calmer (well, relatively speaking). Less bossy and more of a listener. More of a peacemaker.

Funny how I grew into my name.

On a side note, for years, I thought that I should have been named Elizabeth—not necessarily because of its meaning (God is My Oath), but because I read a book series (Sweet Valley Twins, anyone?) with a key character who resembled me in terms of looks and behavior. Plus, hello, Elizabeth Bennett, anyone?

But you know what? I think my parents chose well.

Because I just can’t be anyone but Lindsay.

What about you? Does the meaning of your name fit you? What name might fit you better or what name did you always wish you had been given?

* For the record, a recent post by Beth Vogt got me thinking on the subject of names.
** This topic of names makes me think of Anne of Green Gables: “Would you call me Cordelia?” He he.
*** Photo from freedigitalphotos.net

23 comments:

  1. Cool thought! Susan means "lily" which reminds me of Matt 6 (Sermon on the Mt): Jesus said that God watched over them and helped them grow, and they didn't work or worry. I still have to work, but I've learned to to worry (too much).

    My middle name is Hope and that name has definitely shaped me.

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    1. What beautiful meanings, Susan. God's promise is so great, isn't it?

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  2. Heather is a flower that thrives in barren lands of Scotland. Hmmm. I can make that work. I might have to think on this one a while.

    I love how you say you've become "less bossy." :)

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    1. What a lovely meaning, Heather. So strong. Thriving despite difficulty. Making it through and not only surviving, but thriving. So cool.

      And yes, if you'd seen me as a child, "less bossy" definitely describes me now. Which, of course, implies that I'm still bossy...just only when I have to be. :)

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  3. Okay, Melissa means...honey bee.

    Honey bee. Yeah.

    Oh, but I loved the Sweet Valley High shout-out! Hilarious!

    Are you liking the Noble book so far?!

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    1. Ooo, you just spread sweetness wherever you go, then? :P

      And yay for Sweet Valley! Did you ever watch the TV show? Ha.

      And I'm liking it so far. Haven't gotten very far, but liking what I read!

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  4. It works for now. I think of wending around curves and I believe it means fair (as in skin tone) but I like to imagine it the other way.

    I identify more w/ my middle name though...Shannon.
    ~ Wendy

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    1. It's great you have so many meanings to choose from. :) I always laugh...my brother's name (Cameron) means crooked nose. Yep. There's probably another meaning out there too, but that one takes the cake.

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  5. Wait, I just read your footnotes! I LOVE Anne of Green Gables. Pretty sure I have the movies memorized...Cordelia, LOL!

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    1. We must be kindred spirits, then! :) Yay for Anne with an E!

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  6. My name supposedly means loyal friend?? I hope that's me. But I always felt my name was old fashioned.

    However, I spent 2 years studying the Book of Ruth in the Bible and gleaned so much from that story. Now I appreciate the name all the more.

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    1. That name TOTALLY describes you! I'm glad I'm one of the friends you're loyal to. :) And yes, Ruth of the Bible was an amazing woman for sure.

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  7. Keli (or Kelly, for those whose mothers opted for the more traditional spelling) means war or strife. While I've fought some tough battles in life, I'm pretty much a non-confrontational person, so I don't know how well the meaning of my name fits me.

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    1. I like the way your name is spelled. And yes, you seem a bit too calm for your name to mean war!

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  8. My name means "stranger in a foreign land," and I can totally identify with this, as I often feel like the odd one out.

    Last year, right around this time I wrote a blog post almost identical to yours today, questioning whether or not my name fit. Maybe it's a February thing? LOL

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    1. That's so cool that your name fits you AND that you blogged about the same thing a year ago. Ha. Maybe we have some subliminal messages flying back and forth between us. :P

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  9. I never looked up what either of my names mean until now. Oddly enough they both mean the same thing, consecrated to God. That is the Biblical meaning for Elizabeth and there is only the Greek meaning for Kristin, which is the same. It also refers to a variable for Christine - which means Christ like. I have a lot of big shoes to fill.

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    1. I guess I do too, since Kristin is my middle name! :)

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  10. My name (Nathaniel) means gift of God. so, um...anything i say is going to sound like bragging. Do you think it fits?

    "throw it up!"

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    1. Lol, Nate, this cracked me up!! Throwing it up right back at ya, my friend!

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  11. What an intriguing blog post.
    My name, Beth, means "house of God."
    As a believer, I always thought that was significant -- that God dwells in me. My full name is Mary Beth, but I legally changed it several years ago (I asked my parents first, after all, they named me) and dropped the Mary. A lot of people naturally assumed I went by Mary and it messed up legal docs and such.

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    1. Oh -- and originally my parents were going to name me Patricia Ann, but my dad changed his mind at the last minute.

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    2. I love that...house of God. Quite meaningful, like you said! And that is so interesting that you changed your name. I haven't known many people who have done that. But it sounds like you had a good reason!

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