Prophetic Names: For Your Consideration

This has been such an amazing series to walk through with you all.  Meanings are one thing, but prophetic destiny is another.  Your name is more than just a description, it’s a responsibility, it’s an identity and it’s you.

For my last post in this series, I wanted to share with you some names that I haven’t come across from any of you but that I’ve found that I really liked.  It’s funny to hear a name that sounds old or maybe even sounds funny, but woven into its meaning is something so rich!

I wanted to share with you 10 names whose meanings I like and ones whose legacies I find deeply prophetic.

Donald – Don, Donny, Donnie

“one who is the leader of nations” or “world leader”

I find this name personally inspiring because of the calling I believe I have on my own life.  I’m inspired by the idea of having a big enough anointing, a significant enough destiny, and a specific enough purpose to touch not just a person or community but the entire world.

Wyatt

“guide”

I like the destiny wrapped up in this name.  It presumes wisdom (for how else will you take people through the journey?).  It presumes successful experiences (you must have completed your own journey to effectively take others through theirs).  It’s a name of noble purpose and responsibility.

Clive

“he who lives near the cliffs”

Maybe it’s because I’m on a “fear” kick right now, but I’m inspired by this name.  When I was in Ireland a few years ago I got to go to the Cliffs of Donagal.  They were magnificent and dangerous and majestic.  There’s something about cliffs that I find powerfully prophetic.  It’s only when we fling ourselves off the cliff that we discover if God really is trustworthy, if He is who He says He is.  This act of courage and trust changes our lives forever.  May we never venture too far away from the cliffs.

Carlton – Carl

“from the free man’s town”

I immediately thought of Fresh Prince of Bel Aire (don’t act like you didn’t too…) but when I came across this name I was struck by the meaning.  I actually tried to find names that had to do with freedom.  Many names had to do with victory, but not actually freedom.  It’s possible my line of work makes me sensitive to those in need of freedom, but if I were to prophesy a namesake over someone, Carlton (a “free man”) would be an admirable choice.

Teresa – Theresa, Terry, Terri, Teri, Reese, Reesa, Resa

“harvester”

I’ve found and even preached some consolation for ministry which is merely “planting seeds.”  What you’re usually saying is that you didn’t see much fruit but your endeavor still had value.  Planting seeds has its purpose, but the harvest is really what we all look forward to most!  I hope a woman with this namesake would find tremendous purpose in being a “harvester.”

Penelope – Penny, Nel, Nels

“weaver of dreams”

I feel like this name gets used as that name when you’re trying to think of a ridiculous name.  It’s got a funny cadence to it, yet when I saw its meaning, I gained a new level of respect.  I haven’t found a name that reflects this idea of weaving dreams.  It’s such a powerful name and admirable charge.  Our generation has forgotten how to dream.  We’re lazy and unmotivated.  We don’t know what to do or where to go or how to do it when we get there.  This name is a charge to begin dreaming again.

Gabriel – Gabe

“able bodied man” or “hero of God”

Not only is this meaning powerful (“hero of God” … really?!) but there’s also the namesake of an angel wrapped up in this name.  Gabriel was a messenger.  He was entrusted with the word of God.  He’s the one who appeared to Mary encouraging her to have faith and believe that the miraculous, the IMPOSSIBLE was about to happen.

Josiah – Joe, Si

“the Lord burns/the fire of the Lord” or “the Lord heals”

Names that have alternate meanings have actually been fairly common in my research.  However, I’ve tried to pray prophetically into how the meanings might be connected.  Here I see “cauterization” or healing by burning.  You cauterize a wound to stem the blood flow and to seal a breach.  The “fire” here I think can also mean what it did for the Biblical eight year old King in Scripture.  Josiah is one of the only kings in Israel or Judah to make a thunderous statement about righteousness.  The failures of past kings were remedied by this young man of conviction and he was blessed because of it.

Gideon

“he that bruises or breaks” or “the destroyer”

So maybe there’s a trend here in these last couple names, but I’ll admit I like the power contained within them!  Gideon was a mighty warrior.  You remember the story, he puts the fleece out to get a word from God (I actually see this as doing an injustice to his faith, he wouldn’t trust God’s word to his heart and he put God to the test) and once he receives his confirmation he systematically whittles down his fighting force to the original 300 (take that Hollywood) and wins this unbelievable battle.  Gideon overcame fear, he learned to trust impossible assignments from the Lord and he went out victorious in the face of certain failure.

Issachar – Char, Issa

“reward, recompense”

The meaning of this name is okay, but taking a prophetic look at this name has had me inspired for over a decade.  In 1 Chronicles 12:32 there is a description of men from the tribe of Issachar.  They are described as “men who knew and understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”  Wow…I love this.  I’ve actually prayed this blessing over my own life.  Just like Solomon whose only request of the Lord was wisdom was an entire group of leaders who were wise, savvy and whose counsel was sound and respected.

Just because I don’t want to leave any out, here were a few other names I liked:

Ronald / Reginald – advisor to the king

Case -bringer of peace

Aiden – fiery

Rhys – fiery

Neal/Neil – champion

Riley – valiant

Next week we’ll start something new.  Stay tuned!

Prophetic Names: Mighty Warriors

Having such a variety and quantity of names to sift through (almost 30 of you responded with your names!  whoa!) there were some interesting trends.  I was trying to figure out how to focus the energies of this blog series and I think I’m going to start out with some commonalities.

As you look into your name prophetically, I’m starting to gain an understanding that your name can fall into a few different categories:

1) Descriptive – Your name might be (strangely coincidentally or prophetically…wherever you fall on that spectrum) exactly who you are.  It’s your personality, it’s what you do with your life, it’s how you see the world instinctively, etc.

2) Redemptive – Some of you have names that describe someone completely opposite of you.  As in my last post, my sisters I believe have redemptive names.  The challenges in their lives and the enemy’s assaults on their minds and hearts fly dramatically in the face of their namesakes.  It’s a good thing they’re hearing their names so frequently.  God is redeeming.

3) Destiny – Some of you have names that are choc full of destiny.  As in today’s post, some have an assignment wrapped up in the prophetic nature of their name.  Battles to fight, beauty to recognize, people to protect, issues to overcome, I think there are many of you who have the opportunity to embrace a greater calling than you’ve currently realized.  Your name says it all.

4) Legacy – Many of you have names that describe where your ancestry was from.  Whether or not you care about ancestry or even know about it, there’s a spiritual legacy that you descend from and a legacy you have been charged to leave.  I’ll explain more on this in a later post.

I’m still sifting through a lot and having to do a lot of research beneath the surface of your names.  I think that various combinations of the above can be present in one name.  I’m not sure how valuable it actually is to try and break it down because the prophetic side of things is so unique to who you are as an individual.

Nevertheless, I want to feature a few individuals whose names I have been truly inspired by.  In noticing some trends, these few individuals areWARRIORS!  Their names are about battles and victory and about defending the defenseless and living in victory!  The charge to all is the same: you are protectors of the things that are important.  Thank you for embracing that and know on behalf of us all that it means a great deal to see you walk in your destiny.

Dustin Cole Suttle

Dustin – Warrior.  That’s all it says in every place I look.

Cole – Warrior.  Two for two man!  Did your parents know?!

Suttle – This surname has an etymology that is defined as “cunning and clever.”  As soon as I read this (after having researched your first and middle name) I got the sense that you’re like Sun Tsu, author ofThe Art of War.  He is known as a brilliant strategist in war and an unprecedented understanding of psychology given his time.  Dustin, I believe that the battlefield is your choice, but that the charge on your life is to do as God to Adam in the Garden: take dominion and subdue.  Your last name, though, says that this is not about being a caveman with a club or a brute.  I believe you’re more like a ninja.  There’s a finesse and sophistication to your tactics.  Be sure to find yourself on the battlefield somewhere for you are a warrior my friend.

Kelly Lynn Chadwick

Kelly – Whether a name for a male or a female, Kelly means “warrior” and “defender”.  I see this as a descriptive name.  One of Kelly’s signature strengths is “Command.”  You are a woman of conviction and a woman of passion.  You choose the hills you’ll die on strategically and intentionally.

Lynn – This is a somewhat common middle name for women.  Lynn means “waterfall.”  While many names have to do with rivers, oceans, waters, I think I like this one the best.  I believe this is the artist that is manifested in your identity.  Water is movement, a waterfall is constant, it leaps from the highest of heights in an exhilarating free fall no matter how deep the depths.  It’s a display of beauty and courage.  People go to great lengths to see a waterfall.  They’re majestic and command attention.

Chadwick – I found a few descriptions of Chadwick, but the one that came up most often was “from the warrior’s town.”  There’s a beautiful legacy here Kelly.  I believe there’s a prophetic word here: you come from a place where you are identified as a warrior, and find yourself amidst other warriors, these warriors are your family.  You are not alone, you are a part of something larger than yourself and these are not people you’ve found and collected, they’re your people.  It’s almost as if you can’t really remember who found who.  But the past is never as important as the future, and the battle that will soon begin.

Matthew David Williams

What a great name my friend.  Williams, as a surname, means “resolute protector.”  There’s actually a root there of the word “helmet.”  It means you are a man of conviction, determination and resolve.  Red hot heart, ice cold mind.  Matthew means “gift of God” and David means “beloved.”  Both strong names.  You have a tenderness to you, but the beast emerges when those you care for are in harms way.  Walk in the identity and understand the destiny.

Alexandria Nichole Hiers

Nikki I love your name!  Both of your first names have roots in the male version (Alexander and Nicholas).  Alexandria means (get this) “defender of mankind.” Nichole means “victorious”.  Both are names with big callings and ones you may need to evaluate as you pursue the next seasons of your life.  Your name says that you are already victorious but that your calling is to defend others.  I believe Alexandria may even be a call on your life for intercession and understanding spiritual warfare.  I believe there’s a discernment that’s going to get developed as you allow it.  What do you defend mankind against except for the accuser of the brethren?  Hiers I think is an interesting balance.  It literally means “one who grows hay.”  There’s a sustenance there, a strong, faithfulness.  One who grows hay feeds, provides stability, is a person of discipline and sees value in giving care.

I’ll keep the door open to any of you that want your name prayed into.  Just leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll look into it.  Remember, full legal name, no commentary.