Day 5- Namesake: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: namesake: a person or thing named after another person or thing and vice versa.


This is a concept I can relate to since part of my name comes from the names of other people close to me. The idea of namesake has many layers to me. To give someone or something your name is to endorse it and put it in line with your character and being. To have the name of someone else is to be influenced and or covered by that person with or without ever having known them. There’s power in a name and the giving of one. Ultimately, the idea of namesake makes me think of a love that is easy to accept, but difficult to understand.

Name of the day: Mira Brown.

Breakdown and meaning:

Mira is an easy one to figure out. Mira is derived from miracle and means miraculous. I also like the fact that Mira is the name of the first discovered variant star. I’m not going to explain what that is right now, but to me, Mira is very much like a bright shining star…And who is she?

Well, Mira is the heroine in my Eternal Curse Series. So, let’s take a look at her last name.

Brown is obviously a color, but perhaps it’s a bit more than that. With English origins meaning a descendent of Brun or of one with a dark complexion, there’s no major stretch in the meaning of this name. Fortunately there are many people around the world today with the name Brown whose skin has nothing to do with it. Oddly enough, Mira is a black/African character, though her name came from a non-black family.

Well, that’s it for Day 5. 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.