Day 15- Description: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: description: a picture in words, visual meaning.


I’ve discussed how people can be named based on what they do, but what if people were name based on physical attributes as a way to not only describe, but also, to identify them. Would people have names that resemble those of many native tribes around the world? Would “John the baker” become “Thick Hand Baker”? Would “Jane Dogwalker” become “Curly Hair Dogwalker” and so on?

I think it’s safe to say that descriptions don’t always make for the best names, but some people do describe other non-physical qualities with names. Consider a name like Bella, which most people know means “beautiful”, but that’s still focusing on the physical. I’m talking about people who give names that some may regret later on in life, such as: Precious, Prince, and Lovely. These are real names that are growing in popularity. I’m not sure what this says about the future.

Name of the day: Jeffery.

Breakdown and meaning:

This name has both English and German origins. Derived from the German Geoffrey, the name means either “journey of peace” or “pledge of peace”. The English derivative is similar with a meaning of “gift of peace”.

It’s too bad the character in my book didn’t pay more attention to the meaning of his name. Jeffery, in Eternal Curse, isn’t a villain, but he’s not a good guy either. He starts out as an agent of peace, but later become a pain in the…

Well, that’s it for Day 15. See you tomorrow.


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