Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's in a Name?

"King Ahab Seeks Counsel" engraving by Otto Elliger
Micaiah
Gender:  Masculine & Feminine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:
mie-KAY-ǝ (English)

Meaning & History
Means "who is like YAHWEH?" in Hebrew.  This name appears in the Old Testament, belonging to both males and females.  (1 Kings 22)(2 Kings 22:12)(2 Chron. 13:2; 17:7; 18:7-8,12-14,16,18,23-25,27)(Nehemiah 12:35,41)(Jeremiah 36:11,13)

In the image to your right, the prophet Micaiah, son of Imlah, prophesies before King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah (1 Kings 22).


Parvati
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian, Hinduism
Pronunciation:  PAHR-vah-tee

Meaning & History
Means "daughter of the mountains" in Sanskrit.  Parvati is a Hindu goddess, the wife of Shiva - which means "benign, kind, auspicious" - the god of destruction and restoration.  She is also the mother of Ganesha (pro. ga-NAYSH) - which means "lord of hordes" - who is the god of wisdom and good luck.  Her son, Ganesha  is depicted as a stout man with the head of an elephant.  O _ o



General Omar Bradley (1950)
Omar
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Arabic, English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  O-mahr (English), O-mǝr (English)

Meaning & History
Means "speaker" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament, this was the name of a son of Eliphaz.  (Genesis 36:11,15)(1 Chronicles 1:36)

In Arabic, it is a variant of the given name Umar meaning "populous, flourishing".  This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name.  Another notable bearer is the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).









Lyric
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern)
Pronunciation:  LIR-ik

Meaning & History
Simply means "lyric, song-like" from the English word, ultimately derived from the Greek lyrikos.






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