What's in a Name?
What do our names mean? And beyond that, where do they come from? Ever since I was a young child, I remember wanting to know the meaning of my name. Imagine how surprised I was after reading the family Bible that my name meant "bee" and it was a derivative from the Hebrew language. Why did my Catholic parents give me a Hebrew name? Time to further my knowledge. Back to the Bible to learn that Deborah was the Biblical prophetess who summoned Barak (hmm...Barrack?) to battle against an army of invaders. After the battle she wrote a victory song which is part of the Book of Judges. I'm liking this name more and more!
One day, I asked my mother how did she come to name me Deborah? Did they love honey? Did they secretly want to be Jewish? No, none of those silly ideas were true. Turns out that Mom wanted to name me Carol but my dad really was enamoured with Debbie Reynolds! To this day, I meet so many other "50 something" Deborah's, Debbie's or Deb's whose fathers fell in love with the movie star Debbie Reynolds!
I still prefer the warrior, prophetess, song writer part of me much better!