Prophetic Names: Legacies

I’m super excited for next week’s Prophetic Names.  I have some special families I will be spotlighting who not only understand prophetic names but who are walking in those names in beautiful, inspiring ways!

This week’s second post, however, I wanted to take a look at the names we receive that we inherited, not ones we were given.  Surnames (last names) have not actually been around that long.  They were brought in functionally (from the European side of things) only a few hundred years ago.  Many names were locational in nature (“the family who lived near the meadow”), occupational (“the family who bakes bread”), or sometimes meant nothing more than family line (“son of John”).

Prophetically, however, there are some incredible family names that I’ve prayed into.  We don’t look as often into our family names, yet these might be the most insightful of all.

Caroline Hall Crawford

Crawford has ended up being one of my favorite surnames to research.  The etymology comes from “craw” and “ford” which comes out to “crow’s pass.”  When a reference to a person, it means “one who comes through the crow’s pass.”  Okay, follow me through this.  I did some research on crows.  First, they are some of the most intelligent animals on the planet.  They can make literally thousands of unique noises even copycatting other bird’s calls (they’re voices are deceptive).  Second, birds in scripture have often been seen as representative of demonic activity.  Third, crows in a host of cultural histories have a strong mythological representation (the “Morrigan” was the goddess of death and war and used the crow as her symbol).  Now look at the name’s meaning: “through the crow’s pass.”  This is literally Psalms 23, “even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”  Caroline, this name is so deep.  The prophetic truth wrapped up in this is somewhat sobering: you are the one walking through the path of the crows, which is dark and intense.  But look at the definition: “one who comes through.”  Your name is a prophetic word: you come through it.

I believe that your first and middle names are a beautiful match to this surname.  Your middle name Hall means “of the manor.”  I think that there’s a before and after meaning here.  You come “from the house” but you’ve also returned to it.  Christ said “I go to prepare a place.”

Caroline is a gift of the Lord as you walk through this journey: “song of happiness.

Braedon Edwin Tabor

Tabor was inspiring to me as well.  It took some digging, but I found this etymology: “a military drummer.”  At first, it seems like another simple meaning, but for those of you who know Braedon (and Andi) this is such a beautifully apropos name.  I went and did a little historical research about military drummers (we really only use them ceremonially nowadays).  Drummers had a few different roles: 1) the drum cadences provided a steady marching pace, 2) the rhythms were used to elevate troop morale, 3) in some armies, drums also assisted in combat by keeping cadence for the timing of firing and loading.  Braedon, you’re a drummer.  You and your family are charged with keeping a cadence for the rest of us.  You are there to lift spirits and to keep us fighting in synchronization.

Braedon means “from the wide valley or broad hillside” which I find inspiringly artistic.  I picture people picnicking, rolling down the hill, laughing … just like a painting.  Edwin means “one who is rich in friendships.”  You are an intentional, caring friend and “rich” is the perfect way to describe the relationships you have with those close to you.

Emily Diane Tuttle

Tuttle means “a look out from a hill to spot the approaching enemy.”  I loved this name when I looked into it because of the very specific nature of the family charge.  This meaning paints the picture of a fortress built on a hill (sound familiar?  Matthew 5 “a city on a hill cannot be hidden”) and the role of the “Tuttles” was to look out.  Unlike some meanings that talk more about a linear journey, this name talks about a 360-degree observation.  The position on a hill gives you an excellent vantage point in the distance.  Prophetically, I see this meaning as the role of one who sees danger coming a long way off from the vantage point of seeing the future and the past (360 degrees).  It’s a calling as much as an anointing.

Emily means “industrious” or “hard worker.”  Diane is a derivative of Diana, which means “divine” (a beautiful name of identity).

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Prophetic Names – My Name

I’ve been on this kick lately of being obsessed with people’s names.  There’s something deeply prophetic about names.  I don’t know how much spiritually gets transacted when someone is given a name, but I’ve been given too much evidence that your name says something about you.

Either names make the person or the person becomes the name, but I believe even in the garden, it was important for things to have names.  Adam’s first assignment was to name the animals.  Every time God created something in Genesis 1-2 he “called” it something.  And at the end of it all he said this: it was good.

I have an obsession with naming things.  I recently got a fish tank and even though several fish have died, my first agenda upon purchasing my first eight fish was to promptly name them.  It’s been a fun task and my roommates and I have agreed to name our fish after our mutually favorite sit-com characters.  I like things having names.

I’ve recently done some research into the meaning of my name and several others around me and I’ve been astounded at how accurate and insightful they have been.  For example, here’s my name and what I’ve found:

James  – I’ve always liked the name Jesus gave the brothers James and John (his disciples) which was “Boanerges” which meant “sons of thunder”.  I’ll take it!  That sounds awesome!  But James is traditionally understood as a derivative of Jacob which means…get ready… “supplanter.”  I can’t tell you how disappointing that has been every time I’ve looked it up because really, I’ve had no idea what its meant…until recently.  “Supplanter” means to overthrow and take the place of another.  Think back to the story of Jacob and him taking his brother’s birthright.  I always saw this as an undesirable namesake, who wants to be that guy?!  But recently I had someone explain a different perspective: what if you were supplanting something that was supposed to be supplanted?  For example, if in Matthew 4 Satan was correct when he said that all the kingdoms on earth had been given to him, then wouldn’t he be worth supplanting or dethroning?  ABSOLUTELY!  I want to be THAT GUY!  Now, while that might be one interpretation, I believe at the very least that “supplanting” is my choice.  If there’s a prophetic edge to this, it’s my choice to determine what I’ll do with it.  I don’t have to be this person, but it might be that I’m supposed to be.

Patrick – I got some strong family heritage in this name.  There’s a whole wing of the family with the last name Patrick.  Simply put, it means “nobility.”  This is getting better and better, dethrone the enemy and take that throne for the kingdom of Christ!

McCarty – The “Mc” is an Irish thing.  When the Irish immigrated over to the states, many of them added the “O'” or “Mc” to the front of their name so they could hold on to some heritage (I’m okay knowing where I came from…that’s good stuff).  But McCarty is basically “loving.”  There it is.  I knew there was some pastoral truth tied up in there.

It’s possible that my name (especially given that I’m a “Junior” as well…carrying on my father’s legacy) could be part of my destiny.  Usurp the enemy’s entitlement to spaces and hearts.  Take the throne of those spaces and living like royalty (which comes with its expectation of leadership, governance and oversight).  And above all else: love.

Wow…that’s powerful (and I wrote it… LOL).

I’m convinced that names are either going to be highly reflective of what is obvious, or are going to prophetically speak what is most challenging to overcome.  Living up to a name is an admirable endeavor.

I’d like to do a couple of blogs where I pray into the meaning behind some of your names.  If you’re interested, leave me a comment or e-mail me and I’ll see what I can do.  Be sure it’s your legal name and include your middle/first name (depending on what you go by).  Don’t give me any commentary, I want to pray into it and see how the Lord speaks.  I’d like to post what I find here so be sure to let me know if that’s okay with you.