Monday, March 2, 2015

just for fun - Today is Fun About Names Day

When we had our first baby, a girl, my husband and I named her Tiffany Mabel Ann Freeman - Tiffany for herself, Mabel for her great-grandma and Ann for her grandma and another great-grandma. We named our son, David Lee Freeman, Jr - since his dad was David Lee Freeman, Sr! We chose names which had meaning to us for our children. Our son gave his sons (our grandsons) their own first names, but middle names for family members or friends.

It can be fun to think about the meaning behind the names we have or have given to our children and the names of our grandchildren as well. Especially on a day such as today . . . Fun About Names Day. I looked up some fun "names" facts on-line and am happy to share them with you today. Did you know . . . 
  • "Jake the Jailbird" is the name of the guy in jail on a Monopoly board.
  • The police officer in the opposite corner on the Monopoly board is "Officer Edgar Mallory."
  • According to Baum Family legend, the name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
  • Dandelion was called "lion’s tooth" in Britain. The French translation is "dent de lion," adapted by Americans as "dandelion."
  • The piggy bank got its name from the clay called "pygg" used to make jars in which people stored money.
  • In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid." (Disney backwards.)
  • Only two states' names begin with double consonants: Florida and Rhode Island.
  • The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with, e.g. Asia, Europe.
Which fun fact is the most interesting or surprising to you? I thought several were, but if I had to pick one I guess I'd pick how all the continents start and end with the same letter! 

So, on this day where we pause to think about names, I thought along with a few fun name facts, it would be fun to find the meaning of my name (and the names of my family) and found a great site for doing so. (You'll find it at this link.) 
  • My name - Lynda Aileen means; Soft, tender, beautiful and desired
  • My husband and son - David Lee means; beloved and clearing
  • My daughter - Tiffany Mabel-Ann means; appearance of God, loveable and grace
  • My daughter-in-law - Jackie Elizabeth means; may God protect and my God is abundance
  • My grandson - Josiah Lee means; Yahweh supports and clearing
  • My grandson - Caleb Andrew means; all of his heart and man
  • My grandsons - Shane Alexander means; Yahweh is gracious and defender
All great names! So, what about you? What does your name mean?

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