Day 25- Language: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: language: the system, set, or nomenclature of communication by a community of people with a shared culture and or geographical boundary.


Throughout this little study of mine, I’ve made a point to look into the origins of the words and names that I’ve been focusing on. So far, all the names have either been relatively common names from Western civilization or names easily derived from material things and situations.

Now I want to consider the differences and similarities the meanings and or spellings of names derived from non-romance languages, Greek, or western civilization, which are similar to ones I’ve already discussed. I know that was a mouthful, but follow along anyway and you’ll see what I mean.

First up is the Indian (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, or Jain- language not specified) equivalent of Giovanni. Since my research has been very brief and limited to a site I found a few days ago, I can’t be sure of how accurate it is. Arul means “God’s grace or God’s blessing” which is the closest I could find to “God’s gift or gift of God”, which of course are the meaning of Giovanni (Latin) and Jack (English).

Below are two Japanese names with similar meanings to Giovanni.

Kei (1-恵, 2-佳, 3-敬, 4-圭, 5-慧): 1) “blessed, lucky,” 2) “excellent,” 3) “respect,” 4) “square jewel,” or 5) “wise. Hiro (1-裕, 2-寛, 3-浩): unisex name meaning 1) “abundant,” 2) “generous, tolerant,” or 3) “prosperous.”

Next is a Russian name with a similar meaning to Giovanni and a bit of its origin.

Faddey is derived from Thaddeus, the Aramaic name of, ‘Lebbaeus’, which has a Greek origin. The name means “gift of God or given by God”.

All these beautiful and unique names with similar meanings let me know that even with all our differences, we are more alike than we often realize.

Indian-Hindu name found at
Japanese name found at
Russian name found at

Name of the day: Winslow.

Breakdown and meaning:

Winslow is an English name that means “hill of victory”. In my Eternal Curse Series, Winslow will make a brief but impactful appearance in my second book that will keep my readers wondering what’s going to happen in the third one.

Well, that’s it for Day 25. See you tomorrow.


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Outside of my own personal search throughout the years, basic meanings and definitions of the terms used here can be found at the following websites:, Google search, and

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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.