Day 31- Names: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: names: a word or words by which someone or something is called or known.


So after all this time I think it’s pretty safe to say that there’s meaning in a name. Names, words, sounds, actions, and personalities all make us uniquely who we are. I for one also believe that there is power in a name and not just because it makes for good fiction. There are many tales of faith, myth, fiction, and more that proclaim the power one possesses in the knowing and using the name of something, not to mention giving something a name.

Giving something a name offers a sense of validation, understanding, and or closure that can’t always be explained, but is something we as humans greatly desire. Not that some of these things aren’t still scary, but imagine for a moment how terrifying the world would be if we didn’t have names for things like: cancer, AIDS, terrorism, pollution, and so on. Understanding what these bad things are may not make them go away, but it helps.

The same goes for all the good things too. Confusion is the most frustrating state for humanity to be in. We, humans, are designed to explore, develop, and evolve intellectually. When we don’t have a name for something, no matter how wonderful, it bothers us. Aren’t you glad that we have a name for: adrenaline, endorphins, love, and so much more?

This is the end of my month-long focus on names and what they mean. I will share one more name to close out this challenge post. Thank you all for sticking with me through this, hopefully, educational and entertaining journey.

Name of the day: Edward.

Breakdown and meaning:

Edward has both English and German origins. In English the name means “wealthy guardian” and in German it means “strong as a boar”. In my book, It’s Like the Full Moon, Edward is a wealthy character with a strong will and bold presence, even as a feisty old man. I’m sure he’ll be a favorite among my readers when the story is released.

Well, that’s it for Day 31. It’s been real! 😀


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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.