What's in a Name?

Here's a WHOLE set of gentlemen's names for you, dearies!  Enjoy.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  EE-vi (like Levi, LEE-vi)

Meaning & History
The given name of a King of Midian, one of five Midianite kings killed during the time of Moses by an Israelite expedition (Numbers 31:8, Joshua 13:21).  Means "my desire.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (Archaic)
Pronunciation:  RAY-nǝr

Meaning & History
From the Germanic name Raganhar, which is composed of the elements ragan "advice" and hari "army."  Brought to England by the Normans, it was fairly common but became rare by the end of the Middle Ages.  

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  GER-ik

Meaning & History
Variant of Garrick, which was originally derived from a surname and the Occitan garric meaning "oak tree grove."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical, Ancient Hebrew
Pronunciation:  CAY-nan (English), cay-NAH-ahn (possibly)

Meaning & History
Possibly meaning "land of purple."  This was the name of a son of Ham as well as that of a land (or region) in the Old Testament.  


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


  1. Thank you for doing these 'What's in a Name' posts.
    I really find them fascinating!

  2. My pleasure! Thank you for commenting, dearie! :]


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.