What's in a Name?

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Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  JAH-shǝ-wǝ, JAW-shwǝ

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Yehoshu'a, meaning "YAHWEH is salvation."  Joshua was the given name of one of the twelve spies sent to Canaan under the orders of Moses, as recorded in the Old Testament.  After the death of Moses, Joshua was called by God to succeed him as leader of the Israelites.  As an English name, Joshua has been common since the Protestant Reformation.

The name of our Savior, Jesus, comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form Yeshu'a.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Japanese
Pronunciation:  hi-KAH-ree

Meaning & History
Means "light" in Japanese.  It has often been written as ひかり using the hiragana writing system.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Irish, English
Pronunciation:  LEE-ǝm (English)

Meaning & History
Irish short form of William, which comes from the German name Willahelm, from will meaning "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection."

This is the given name of Irish actor Liam Neeson, known for portraying Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, Jean Valjean in Lés Miserables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars, and the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, among many other films.

Prima Ballerina - Maria Tallchief
Gender:  Feminine & Masculine
Usage:  Italian, Portugese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Icelandic, Corsican, Basque, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Pronunciation:  mah-REE-ah (Italian, German, Dutch), MAHR-ya (Polish), mǝ-REE-ǝ (English)

Meaning & History
Maria is the Latin form of the Greek Μαρια which comes from the Hebrew for Mary, whose meaning is uncertain but is most likely an original Egyptian name derived from myr "beloved" or mr "love."  Maria is the usual form of the given name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages including English, where it is most common as Mary.  In other countries, such as Germany, Italy, and Poland,  Maria is commonly used as a masculine middle name.

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Bearers of this name include two ruling queens of Portugal, the Hadsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, began the War of Austrian Succession.

A lesser-known bearer of this name is Maria Tallchief (1925-), a Native American ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma to a chief of the Osage Nation and a Scots-Irish mother.  She became the first Native American to carry the title Prima Ballerina.

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To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.