What's in a Name?

Woohoo!  It's back!  

Welcome, my lovelies, to the latest post of Names.  

Be ye a writer or simply one fascinated by names and their meanings, then these posts should be an awesome resource for you.  I had regrettably gotten out of the habit of posting these, but I'm hoping to start again each Monday.  So don't forget to come again!  And if you have a request, whether it's your own name or you need a fresh list of possible character names, then give me a shout!  I would be more than happy to help.  Enjoy.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  JOE-nan

Meaning & History
Means "Jehovah is a gracious giver." This was the given name of a son of Eliakim and ancestor of Joseph (Luke 3:30). 

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  JAY-mah

Meaning & History
Variant of the given name (or nickname) Jamie, which is a diminutive of James, ultimately meaning "supplanter."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  MER-ik

Meaning & History
From a surname, originally derived from the Welsh given name Meurig, which is the Welsh form of Maurice ultimately meaning "dark-skinned."

Sarah's notes: I know, I know.  This guy isn't really dark-skinned. . . But I thought this would be an awesome Medieval name, hence the viking man. ;D

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian
Pronunciation:  mee-RAH (possibly), or MIR-ah, MIE-rah

Meaning & History
Means "sea, ocean" in Sanskrit.  

Names and meanings via behindthename.com & the book 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson publishers.
Photos via Pinterest.

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  1. I love "Jonan"! I may have to use that one in a book someday. :)

    I've never seen that spelling of "Jayma" before. Very pretty!

  2. Me too! And please, be my guest! I'd love to know what type of character you'd make him to be :] Yes, it's a pretty spelling. You can also try it like this: "Jaema."


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