What’s in a name?

Last night my daughter, Sarah, and I got into a conversation about names.  My son and his wife already have names picked out for their future children (I’ll behave myself and refrain from divulging them here).  Still I must confess that I was positively bursting at the seams recently to give my daughter-in-law an adorable maternity shirt I found at the Motherhood store before they were married.  I couldn’t help myself.  It had Micky and Minnie Mouse on the front (their fave), and though they’ve only been married for two years and are not expecting children any time soon, I thought I showed great restraint to have waited this long to give it to them.  Bunny trail, I know.  Sorry.  Back to my story….

So I asked Sarah if she had any names picked out for her future kiddos.  She told me her choice for a girl name and her choice for a boy.  I thought it was sweet that she had already formed opinions about it.  I remember having her name picked out when I was in elementary school.  I reminded her it means “princess”…she smiled.  Then, I proceeded to google the meaning of her selected names on my phone as we enjoyed a meal together.  We had fun researching the names while sharing a big chocolate chip cookie.  I made sure she got the bigger half.

In a reflective mood this morning, I pulled out a sheet of paper someone gave me containing a list of the Names of God.  Reading them one by one gave my spirit the boost I was hoping for.  Adonai – The Lord, My Great Lord.  El – The Strong One.  El Elyon – The God Most High.  I smiled at the thought of Beth Moore’s quip, “Ain’t no high like the Most High!”   El Roi – The God Who Sees Me.  Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord Will Provide.  He did it for Abraham.  He continues to do it for me.  Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is My Banner.  Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord Who Heals.  I’ve used that one a lot in the last couple of years, because He does.  Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is Peace. 

Did you catch that?  The Lord is Peace.  He doesn’t just give it, He is it.  Mr. Peace Himself.  The Great Peacemeister.  PeaceMan. In other words, no Jehovah-Shalom, no peace.  Know Jehovah-Shalom, know Peace.

What’s in a name?  Today I was blessed to ponder a better question:
What’s in a Name?


Before I close, I simply can not restrain myself any longer.  I am positively bursting at the seams to share just one more.  Though perhaps less familiar, this Name of God is no less significant.  In fact, this Name speaks of what is true of me, only because of what is true of Him.  Jehovah-Tsidkenu, pronounced juh-HO-vah Isid-KAY-noo.  The meaning…The Lord Our Righteousness.  If He calls me righteous because He is Righteous, I guess that makes me His namesake (one that has the same name as another; especially, one called after, or named out of regard to, another).


Pondering that,
“Cheri” Louise (Anderson, my maiden name) Keaggy

Meaning of the name:  (English) Dear, (French) Darling, (Hebrew) Singer

5 comments to What’s in a name?

  • Steven Mark

    Couldn’t stop smiling as I read your Post!
    Seems like we both had the same idea.
    Hope you don’t mind that I re-Posted it here.
    BTW– A friend of mine gave me a copy of your CD a few days ago. EXCELLENT!
    WELL DONE!!:)

    What’s in a Name…?
    by Steven Mark on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 8:51pm ·

    The word *Bethlehem* is the English equivalent (though lacking the meaning) of the Hebrew words *Beit-Lechem*, which means *House of Bread*. The customary *B’rakhah*(Blessing)that Jewish people have said for more than two thousand years before eating their meal is this: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheynu Melekh-ha’olam, haMotzi lechem min ha’aretz. (“Praised be You, Adonai our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth”). Yeshua would have prayed this prayer as well, and you may want to keep that in mind the next time you’re reading the Gospels and you see Him “giving thanks” or “saying a blessing” before breaking bread. The SIGNIFICANCE of this (at least to Messianic Jews such as myself) is the fact that Yeshua declared Himself to be the “Bread of Life” that came down from Heaven (see Yochanan/John 6:26-35), and is also the *Living Bread* who was “brought forth from the earth” at His resurrection!(Pretty cool, huh?!:)

    But MOST IMPORTANTLY, and often overlooked– is not the earthly location of where Yeshua would be born– but His *DIVINE ORIGIN!*

    “Now gather yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; they have laid siege against us; with a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. But as for you, Beit-Lechem Efratah, though you are little among the clans of Y’hudah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One who is to be ruler in Israel, *WHOSE GOINGS FORTH ARE FROM LONG AGO, FROM THE DAYS OF ETERNITY.*
    Therefore He will give them up until the time when she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren will return to the sons of Israel. And He will arise and shepherd His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they shall abide, for now He shall be great the ends of the earth; and this One shall be peace. (Micah 5:1-5, *emphasis* mine)

    Some may say, “What’s in a name”? to which I would respond: PLENTY!:)
    B’Shem Yeshua, Sar Shalom! (In the NAME of Jesus, Prince of PEACE!)


  • Thanks for sharing, Steven.


  • Gayle Freude

    Cheri, when I was born I was not names for a few days due to the fact that I was a month early and they had not agreed on a name. So while my mom was in the hospital my dad poured through the baby name book and arrived at my name: Vivian (meaning lively) Gayle (meaning happy) my maiden name White (meaning pure). Then I married Larry and Freude means joy. So I guess there is a lot in the meaning of my name: Lively Happy Pure Joy!! Your friend, Gayle


  • I love it! And it definitely fits you:)


  • , God did extraordinary miarlces through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were to the sick Oh, to be used by the Lord like Paul was! And to have the faith that he did! Our Heavenly Father can do extraordinary things through each one of us, too. Believing is the key!Love and God Bless!Christy


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