What’s In a Name?

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Remember the original CSI/Crime Scene Investigation program’s theme?

The rock group sang, “Whoo-ooo-oo are you? Whoo-ooo-oo are you?” Of course, for the program it meant they would identify the victim and the perpetrator of a crime.

For most of us, it comes closer to home.

You see, we don’t really know who we are. We know things like what we do, what family we come from, our likes and dislikes—but do those things tell us who we are?

Yes, we’re back on the identity series, and one thing that can help us discover our identity is our name.

For all my growing-up years and early adulthood, I firmly believed I should have been born a boy. Knowing my mom wanted a girl didn’t help. The abuse I suffered at the hands of my grandfather and his cult buddies convinced me it wasn’t safe or good to be a girl. It was dangerous to have that vulnerability. Besides, boys got all the advantages in life.

Then I attended my first Ancient Paths conference, through Family Foundations, Intl. This was (and is) an amazing inner healing seminar. The last thing they do for every participant is to give the meaning of their name. That was when I discovered that God had named me. He, the all-powerful and all-knowing one, had intended  me to be a girl.

Gift box My parents couldn’t agree on a name for me. My father wanted me to be a Martha, and my mom had her heart set on Cynthia. The meaning of Cynthia relates it to the Roman goddess Artemis, and Martha means “woman of the house” in Aramaic. I don’t believe either one is a family name, so I have no idea where they came from. They compromised and named me after the daughter of the lawyer who was settling my maternal grandfather’s estate. Big whoop, right?

It was, a very big whoop. Even a “whoopee!”


My first name means “noble and womanly”, or “noblewoman”. It’s taken from Charles, meaning “strong”. My middle name means “faith”. So, taken all together (with a bit of poetic license), my name means noble woman of strong faith. I like that! cross in sunlight

Check out the meaning of your name. If it seems disappointing, ask God for revelation. He knows everything about you. He was there at your birth.

And He knows you by name.

This is part 10 of a series on Identity

Part 1| Who Do You Think You Are?

Part 2| Did Your Parents Dictate Your Identity?

Part 3| Did Your Cultural or Religious Upbringing Dictate Your Identity?

Part 4|Is Your Identity Tied to Family History?

Part 5| Is Your True Identity Submerged by Your Important Life Roles?

Part 6| Is a Career Becoming Your Identity?

Part 7|Calling, Role, or Identity? Ways to Know the Difference

Part 8| Lies Cause the Strongest False Identities

Part 9| Speak the Truth to Your Identity

Part 10| What’s in a Name?

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