What is in a Name?

by admin on March 21, 2011

What exactly is in A name?

My husband and I named our son Fynn… obviously WE like the name.  We have gotten all kinds of responses when we tell people his name.  Everything from 'cool!', 'I love it!' to 'oh…' or a blank stare, really all I can do is laugh.  Me, a girl who grew up being called 'Maria' time and time again, 'MarLa, that's an L"  was a common phrase I uttered…and still do. (however, many times I have been told that I look like a 'Marla' hmm, points to ponder)  So why you ask did we do this to our son… we like the name, its cute like him.  I know that his name wont be programmed into anything (like the puppy he got for Christmas, Scout.  Fynns name song is simply the spelling with some beeboppy music), we will have to order pencils with his name, magnets when we travel somewhere, I know because that is what happened to me. 

Many may be wondering if we are Glee watchers, no actually we are not.  A few weeks after Fynn was born, the TV was on and Glee happened to be playing.  My ear twitched when I heard one character being called 'Fynn'.  I quickly called to my husband and we were both surprised, (especially since a second name we liked, Quinn was another character on the same show).  Quite honestly I liked Finnely, my husband however preferred the shortened version since he would be called that most of the time any ways… I gave this to him…pick your battles, I thought;) . 

So does a name really have any bearing on who you turn out to be?  The name Tyler for instance means 'tile maker, tile layer'.   Mia 'uncertain, often bitter'  Samantha, 'listener'.  I understand that this is the origin of these names, ok that is cool.  If you seriously think that these meanings will be what the child will be like, why are there any Mia's in the world? such a cute name, but if every single Mia is going to be uncertain, or bitter, why would you do that to your child?   Every Aiden will have a short temper?…Aiden, 'fiery one'.  David, 'beloved' well, I believe that we are all loved. 

I believe that all of our stories have been prewritten for us, our names, what we will be, who our parents and siblings are.  So does our name actually have a bearing on who we will be?  Personally, I don't think its the name that decides that.  That is in the hands of a power much bigger than what our parents choose to call us. 

What do you think?

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Belle's Books March 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I don't think our name has any bearing on who we will be. I think you said it perfect when you wrote: "That is in the hands of a power much bigger than what our parents choose to call us." Great blog!


admin March 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Thank you!


james samy March 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Marla for sharing this wonderful topic about "What is in a Name". Love your pic on FYNN.


Michele March 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

It is interesting that anyone would have an opinion about someone else's  baby's name.  When I named one of my sons I was warned that it was the name of a troublemaker. He has not been that at all!


Kathy March 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

We need to have that attitude towards our children. Love them, nurture them and lead them no matter what the name.


Elive March 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

You have such a wonderful sense of humour. I could just hear you as a little girl saying "it's MarLa, that's an L." I love the name Flynn too. Actually, I don't think that what we will be was written or preordained or is controlled by our name. I feel we have a choice based on the free will we were created with. But what I believe is neither here or there. With such a wonderful mom as you, I am sure Flynn is going to be a wonderful person! Love your writing!!


Elvie March 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Speaking of names…. did you notice what mine was? No, not Elive…. LOL
Sheesh, typing too fast. Hugs     L-V    


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