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: 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.