Prophetic Names: Ethnic Backgrounds

Up until now, many of the names I’ve posted are strongly European in origin and ancestry. Honestly, they’re pretty easy to find and research online. Smith, Johnson, Cook, all those simple names that aren’t too obscure (although some of you have me stumped, still looking into a few).

But some names aren’t European. Some of you come from families and places that aren’t European in ancestry and European’s don’t have the edge on strong namesakes. I wanted to dive into some names from other cultures to give you a comparison. These required me to go to some different web sites to say the least, but I’ve found some beautiful, powerful meanings that were inspiring to look into.

Adora Pei Yee Soon

Soon – Pei Yee was born and raised in Malaysia, however her namesake it Chinese in origin. Chinese names begin, unlike European names, with the surname first. It actually makes much more sense organizationally. You identify the family the individual is associated with before you determine which member in the family you refer to. In China, (correct me if I’m wrong), you’d actually be addressed as “Soon Pei Yee” yes? “Soon” has a variety of pinyin (English characters put to Mandarin pronunciations) spellings. When I finally found the etymology, however, “Soon” means “those who don’t yield to power.” Wow. This was one of my absolute favorite findings. This is the name of a revolutionary. For any of you who know Pei Yee, she’s one of the fiercest intercessors I’ve ever met. It’s your legacy and destiny to stand strong and firm. It’s a beautiful, powerful name!

Adora – It’s not uncommon for Malay people to have a European or “Christian” name. Adora means “beloved” in the same way that “David” means “beloved.” Adora comes from the word “adore.” Pei Yee, you are loved and adored by your heavenly Father. When you hear your name, you should be hearing “I love you” direct from the heartbeat of God.

Pei Yee – This name means “upholding friendship” or “loyal.” It’s a strong trait and a highly prized virtue. This can be a description of who you are or can be a reminder of how to prioritize and value your relationships. Be known as a woman who is loyal and “upholds friendships.”

Cinthia Flores

Cinthia – I loved this name! Cinthia is from a family of names that mean “the moon.” As I prayed into this, the word “reflection” came to mind. The moon reflects the light of the sun from a different angle and perspective every single night. It doesn’t generate the light; it reflects it. The moon doesn’t draw attention to itself, it’s only seen because of its willingness to reflect. In a prophetic sense, when you hear your name, you should hear the reminder: “Cindy, reflect ME.” Consider that you’re a mirror. To reflect accurately, you have to know intimately.

Flores – The Spanish word “Flores” means “flowers” in English. What I love most is your full name put together: the moon and the flowers. Both are incredibly beautiful. Flowers are beautiful and draw attention to themselves because they are the conduits of life. Think about bees who come to flowers to collect pollen only to go to other flowers to give it away. Without flowers, we’d need another way to propagate life. I see an incredibly artistic prophetic word here, a colorful, beautiful, expression.

Sara Jane Choe

Sara – I love the name Sara because of its connection to royalty. Sara means “princess” which is not only a position of authority, but it’s a common term of endearment from a father to a daughter. When you hear your name, do you hear “princess”?

Jane – This name means “gracious,” “merciful,” and “gift from God.” There are a host of good solid truths wrapped up in this name. I believe that there’s a reminder here of the character of God. When names like this are given, I believe they’re given as the charge to advocate for this perspective of God. Are you the proclaimer that God is “gracious?” Do you recognize the need for God’s “mercy” and our willingness to accept it? Are you sensitive when people don’t realize that they are a “gift” from the Father?

Choe – This Korean name has a variety of English spellings. It means “governor who oversees the land and mountain.” I can’t tell you how many analogies I got from looking into this. First, the responsibility of leadership. There’s a strong stewardship charge wrapped up in this name. Second, the mountain is an interesting place. You don’t often build a metropolis on the mountain. People come to the mountain to get symbolically closer to God. I believe, especially for you Sara, that there’s a charge to usher people into the places where God is close.

I’m still researching slowly but surely into your names and hope to respond to you if you’ve left a comment. If you want to add your name, just leave a comment (full, legal name, no commentary) and your e-mail!

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Prophetic Names: Joy and Faith

There was a rather overwhelming response to many of you who were interested in your names.  I’ve done some research and hope to follow up.  But I wanted to see what God put on my heart.

My mom and I have a pretty firm belief in prophetic names, mainly because of my two sisters and the names they carry.  I believe my sisters are excellent examples of why names might be a reflection of hope.  My mom told me yesterday after reading Wednesday’s blog that she’s always prayed that my sisters would be reminded of God’s best for them every time they hear their names.

Joy Marie McCarty Youell

Joy  – This name doesn’t need much explanation.  I’ve heard joy described as differentiated from happiness.  Happiness depends on your circumstances and is an emotion.  Joy is a worldview and preemptive state of mind.  I’ve watched this incredibly strong woman of God confront depression in her life and live as a woman of joy regardless of emotion or environment.

Marie – Marie is a rather common middle name.  It’s a derivative of Mary and Miriam in Scripture both of which mean “bitter waters.”  Scholars and theologians have debated for centuries why God chose a mother of the Messiah to carry the name “bitter waters.”  Mara is another derivative and is taken from Exodus 15 where the Israelites encountered the bitter waters of Marah.  I’ve heard spins and twists put on this to try and make it sound different or more noble than what it is, but “bitter waters” is what it means.  Moses was given a remedy for the bitter waters in Exodus, he was directed to a piece of wood which he threw into the waters and it became fit to drink.  There are bitter waters all around us.  Look at the hurt, offended, abused, violated people around us.  The healthiest might be able to live in hope of God’s redemption, the sickest tend to go into bitterness.  This name may be less about what it is and more about the unique ability to notice it, negotiate it and guide through it.  The bitter waters may be a choice both personally and in ministry.  Our family has been hurt deeply in our lives and may have many justifiable reasons to be bitter…do we choose Joy instead?

Faith Christine McCarty Cedela

Faith – What a beautiful name.  It’s such a powerful statement.  It’s the foundation of who we are as Christians.  Hebrews says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  We have a shield of faith with which we can extinguish all flaming arrows of the enemy.  My sister has used faith in her life to overcome fear and anxiety.  Our family has had a long battle with fear and anxiety.  Faith is a strong woman who has faced many fears and will face many to come.

Christine – Many names with the word “Christ” in them are rightly assumed to have some connection to Jesus.  Christine is no exception.  It means “Christ-bearer”.  I think of it in terms of wearing the most awesome name tag ever.  A Christ-bearer wears the name of Christ, is secure in that identity, isn’t afraid or ashamed to be associated and has even chosen their side.  When the chips have fallen and the line has been drawn in the sand, there’s a quiet security and visible understanding that the side of Christ has been chosen.

I said in my last post in describing my own name that McCarty means “loving”.  Joy and Chris have an insatiable love of the mission field.  They’ve both traveled the world and are currently investing in a community in Haiti.  Some of their favorite pictures are holding children in Africa, Cambodia, and Haiti.  Faith and Mark are about half way through a pregnancy that will deliver them a whole new precious person into their lives.  Faith has been working for the last several years with children and on getting her certification in preschool management.  To watch her look at a child or watch the gentleness she uses in caring for them is the most beautiful thing you can imagine.  I believe my sisters understand love in ways I’m still learning.  They’ve taught me more just by living their lives than they’ll ever know.

 

Many of you submitted your names in the comments but didn’t give your e-mail.  I plan on posting some of my findings on the blog, but I have some basic research into many of your names completed.  Shoot me an e-mail at whatistheverdict@hotmail.com and I’ll e-mail you what I find if I don’t end up posting here on the blog.  If you didn’t submit your name the first time around and still want me to pray into it, leave your name and e-mail in a comment.