The origin of names


Son of a name

Like literally


In East-Asian, and possibly many other languages it's very easy to tell what names mean. For example, in the Chinese language, names are made up of the words in the language, where each word or phrase has a meaning. It's easily or perhaps with a bit of effort discovered. However, turning back to English, and perhaps even broader, European and related names are very hard to tell.

Surely, you can open a dictionary or an encyclopaedia and say look up the name Samantha and it'd give you the meaning, but that's a lot of hard work especially if you're trying to name a child with meaning. You'd have to look up every single name out there before being able to decide or consult a name expert if there's one.

And what oes the name Samantha mean? According to some sources it has to do with a woman asking God for a son. I really like this name, so don't get me wrong, but the meaning is crazy. Woman asking God for a son – ok it is God so I can't comment, but if the woman was asking a normal guy for a son, it'd literally translate to a woman asking for sex. Seriously, no offence to the name or God, but see these meanings are a little obscure. The name besides being cool has the best advantage that it has morphing abilities – what abilities? Yes, it can become Sam, Sammi or whatever other derivations you like.

So what the heck do you do if you can't dig through these obscure meanings to name your child?

Now, true story, but one day someone by the name of Richard had the same problems. He literally ended up with a room full of books and his computer out of memory (ok, it was ancient times and there was no computer, but you get the deal).

"What do I name my son? Oh my dear dear son," said Richard to the books. "I'm Richard, and my son is Richard's son. Richardson. Splendid name!"

Done deal.

See, his parents must have gone mad as well to have finally called him Richard, so it must be the best name. If his son inherited the name with the patent pending 'son' suffix, he would rule.

Right?

Who knows.


Author's Notes:

I originally intended to talk about Richard alone, but ended up talking about another along the way. As said in the last entry I did want to talk about female names and it just magically happens. Oh well.

I'll apologize again if anyone has any issues with my fiction on the 'Samantha' name, but I'm not taking it down. It's fiction after all. The meaning of the name according to my memories of another source is a 'good listener' or something along those lines.

Is this what you call double standards? You say sorry and you continue to do it.