‘That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet…’ Romeo and Juliet
Hmmm… My name is Elizabeth, which various sources name as meaning ‘God’s promise’, ‘Consecrated to God’, or ‘my God is abundance’. Certainly Mom always said it meant ‘Consecrated to God’, which is lovely. Oooo – and according to Margot’s Magical Letter Page:
A ‘Beth‘ is an initiator who channels her energy toward a specific goal.
Richard means variants of ‘brave ruler’.
Charles is ‘manly’ or ‘free man’, and the third most common given name in Canada, according to Wikipedia…
I like Michael: ‘who is like God’ and Ella: ‘torch’ or ‘bright light’.
If we’re going for a more ethnic feel, there’s Iestyn, the Welsh form of Justin, meaning ‘fairness’. Or, simply the Hebrew pronunciation of Elizabeth, Elisheba.
This all started because I have a student in one of my classes called Imani and I was curious as to what it meant… It’s ‘faith’ in Swahili.