Day 6- Character: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: character: reputation; quality or level of morality or ethics.


There are certain names that automatically bring forth the idea of a particular character trait. Some people have become so famous or infamous that their names are now associated with character traits in others. To be called the Gandhi of your time would suggest that you are an honest, fair, and peaceful person willing to sacrifice for the peace and freedoms of others. To suffer the Napoleon syndrome could mean a variety of things, but ultimately, you are smaller than your ego and perhaps you are taking things too far.

Character is important and impactful. Sometimes the name you are given can shape your character and sometimes it can be an obstacle to rise above.  Icabod, derived from the Hebrew Ichabod is not necessary a name with great character implied. The name means “woe to God”, “the glory of Israel is gone” and “son with no family or god”.  This may be why more people haven’t been name this as of late, but not everyone does their research. Thanks to the popularity of the new “Sleep Hallow” TV show, in about five years I’m sure there will be quite a few Icabods starting kindergarten.

Name of the day: Abraham Kingston.

Breakdown and meaning:

Abraham is another strong name with Hebrew origins. The name means “exalted father” or “father of nations”. I guess President Lincoln’s parents had done their research before naming him, but they probably didn’t realize what a blessing and calling they had placed on their new-born son at the time. Abraham is not only the name of one of the U.S. “founding fathers”, but is also the name of a pivotal personality in the history of the three major monotheistic religions.

The name Kingston is something I just like the sound of. It, for obvious reasons, makes me think of island life, but it also makes me think of royalty, European influence, and something grand. The name actually means “from the king’s village or estate” and has English origins. Kingston is typically used as a boys first name, but I’ve used it as a surname which was popularized in the U.S.

Abraham Kingston is a major character in the first book of my Eternal Curse Series. With an Italian mother and an English father, both immigrants, Abraham’s name is a melding of his two cultures.

Well, that’s it for Day 6. See you tomorrow.


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I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.