I Stumbled Upon this page and it got me thinking about the weird names of my friends and me. I won’t use last names unless the other people say that it’s okay. Except for Bjorn since his is quite interesting.
Joshua Michael Armstrong – my dad, Michael Lee Armstrong, named his sons after old testament prophets: Elijah and Joshua. To my knowledge we both have the middle name of Michael since that was his name and his family tradition dictates that sons be given middle names the same as their father’s first. Then again, his family tradition was being given the last name of his mother so as not to taint the family name of his famous folk singer father. Incidentally, my dad was also a folk singer and was neither rich nor famous even though he had immense talent and could have easily made a living off of his songwriting. Instead others made millions off of his talent. It never bothered him, or so says my mom.
Wick was Old English for “dairy farm.” Chad comes from the Welsh word meaning “battle.” In its most modern incarnation, Chadwick means “Chad’s Dairy Farm.” I’d like to mention that Chad’s last name is the Anglicized form of the German word for “miller.”
Anglicized form of Krista, German familiar form of Kristina, meaning “Christian.”
Bjorn’s original spelling is BJØRN, which is the Norwegian form of the Swedish noun, BJÖRN, meaning “bear.” Bjorn’s middle name is Terren, which is the Norwegian tradition of naming the son after the father, in this case, Terrence. Bjorn’s last name is an Anglicized and shortened form of the Polish Kasimirski, which means “son of Kasimir.” Incidentally, Kasimir came from old Slavic and has two different origins, one meaning “great destroyer,” the other meaning “bringer of peace.”
JBradford Van are his first and middle names. You can ask him about that one. Yes, that really is JBradford – that’s not a typo. He really has two capital letters beginning his name.
Paul Gustav are his first and middle names. He doesn’t like Paul so he takes his middle name. Except it isn’t “goo-stoff” like everyone thinks. It’s “gust-uf.” He just prefers Gus.
Well, I’d suppose he’s named for the city in England. You’d have to ask him.
Both fine Irish names. Seán is just the Irish form of John. Erin is the Anglicized form of Éireann, which is the genitive case form of the Irish name for Ireland.
Kurt is a German contraction of the name Conrad, which came from Old Germanic and means “brave counsel.”
And early Old-English (or possibly Scottish) UPDATE: It’s confirmed as a Saxon transliteration of the Greek name Ανδρεας, which, as used in the New Testament for the apostle by that name, was either a nickname or an approximate meaning of his Hebrew name, the record of which having been lost to the ages. In any case, the Greek Ανδρεας means “concerning a man.”
Jedidiah is a direct transliteration of the Hebrew name יְדִידְיָה, meaning “beloved of יהוה.” יהוה is the Hebrew name for God. It is usually transliterated as either YHVH or YAHWEH. Its meaning and origins are a source of fiendish debate among linguistic scholars. So, in essence, Jedidiah means “beloved of God.”
Two different origins here. One is Hebrew, meaning “bitter” and was one of Naomi’s adopted names in the Old Testament. The other origin is Hungarian (written MÁRA) and is the transliteration of Mary.
Means “small” or “humble” in Latin (Paulus). Was usually a family or surname.
From the Greek word “Φιλιππος,” meaning “friend of horses.”
Are there any others I’m missing?