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.
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.
“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
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.
“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
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!