Name: Does the Meaning Matter?

Name is the prompt word for Five Minute Friday this week.  Names are full of meaning. It might be fun to do a little study to see if the meanings of our names actually fit who we are.


I had a little fun and wrote a short poem. It includes some questions, speculations and even tells you how I got my name.


What is in a name
Are we bound to its meaning
For identity

Do you like your name
Does it seem like it is right
For someone like you

Each name has meaning
Though we may be unaware
What is my true name

We have given names
Picked out by our moms and dads
What influenced them

Maybe it’s a fam’ly name
Passed down through generations
It could be special

I do like my name
It came from both my parents
James, Gay – Jamie Gayl

I hope you enjoyed my fun poem. Seriously, though, names do have meanings, but today we don’t always give them based on their definitions. But in ancient times, names were significant. My poem took the full five minutes so I don’t have time to delve into specific names.

There is one special name for those who worship God. Here are two Old Testament prophecies:

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 7:14 (AMP)

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel. (God with us).

The Name of Jesus

Years later, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, proclaiming that she was the virgin who would bear God’s son.

Luke 1:30-33 (CSB)

Then the angel told her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.”

Jesus fulfilled many prophecies and is now at God’s right hand, interceding for all those who believe on His name, those who know Him as Savior and Lord.

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday

18 thoughts on “Name: Does the Meaning Matter?

  1. You do, in fact have a beautiful name! Back when I was a preschool teacher, one of the parents in our program refused to call me by birth name “Tondra” because he said that “tundra” meant dry and barren land. He said that since I was neither one of those things, he would call me “Tropics” instead. That was over 20 years ago, but I have since learned the value in learning the meaning of names. I do believe it matters…

    1. Thank you so much, Tondra! I like your name, but that parent had a good idea, because Tropics does sound lovely. 🙂 I do enjoy learning what name meanings are. Sometimes it’s interesting how the name really does match the person, but sometimes it doesn’t. Thanks for visiting today. Blessings to you! I’ll try to hop over to your site and visit, too!

  2. I was a surprise baby for my parents. I have two sisters. One is 12 years older and one is 17 years older. When I was born, my parents let my middle sister name me. Melissa means “honeybee”. 🙂

    1. Wow, guess there is quite a difference in ages between you and your sisters. Your sister picked a good name. 🙂 I bet she felt special to be able to give you a name. Thanks for visiting and sharing that! Blessings to you!

  3. Gayl, that was beautiful. I love poems because you can say so much with just a few words. My mother’s name was Gayle, it was a name her mother loved. Thank you for the reminder of Jesus Christ our Immanuel! Susan

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! I think that’s what I like about poems, too, esp. the haiku style. Aw, I’m glad your grandmother loved the name Gayle. 🙂 I’m so glad you visited today, Susan. Blessings to you!

  4. You have a beautiful, deeply personal and meaningful name, Gay! It’s lovely to hear of its history via the medium of your lovely poetry. And the name of Jesus is so precious to us. I appreciate the biblical reminders here. Thank you for the lightly humorous questioning. I think I’ve already answered it in my own post on the prompt of name! xo <3

    1. Thank you, dear Joy! I’m glad you enjoyed the poetry. Yes, the name of Jesus is such a comfort because of who He is. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  5. Oh I think your name is such a lovely combination of your parents’ names, but with your own unique beauty! And yes, I too think it’s so fascinating to look at the meanings and value of names–especially the name of the One who is King over all. Thank you for sharing these great thoughts for pondering in your poem today! Love and Hugs to you my dear Jamie Gayl! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie, thank you so much! I would love to do more research on my family names just to see how the meanings fit in. You know, most of my relatives on my mother’s side would always call me Jamie Gayl, whenever we saw them, which wasn’t very often. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, too. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear Bettie, my sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  6. Love this, Gayl!

    My original Mongol name is kind of hard to pronounce, so now I settle for ‘Andrew’ (never really identified with it), or ‘dude’, or, best of all, ‘bubba’.

    1. Thank you, Andrew! I do like the name Andrew. And, of course, bubba is great for an all round friendly name. 🙂 So glad you visited and I pray for you and Barb in these difficult times. May you still find small blessings each day and keep your sense of humor!

  7. I was named after my grandmother and her grandmother. Amanda means Worthy of love. It helped me through those years of low self esteem,

  8. Great poem! It was fun to read about how you got your name. I got my name from a soap opera character! 😛

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