So what’s in a name? Is it so important that we somehow particularly want others to spell it right? Well, we are all born unique and given unique names or what our parents think unique. Names come with our personality and I cannot vouch if it’s true but name meanings may come bearing or define character. What say you?
I definitely like Starbucks’ take on naming cups and the fact that they don’t really spell them correctly adds fun to it. Marie is my second name and because I haven’t really developed a liking to it, I chose a domain name for it to change that. So when a barista asks for my name, I automatically reply Gizelle, short form of Gizellae…what family and friends had called me since. I also got to be called G – following the fame of celebrity Giselle Toengi. So above, you see it spelled Giselle, not that I complain – it was spelled Crissel one time. ^_^
As a blogger, I have also have encountered advertisers who give it an interesting spin, like Giz or Guizelle. How about you? Do you care at how other people spell your name? Or pronounce it? I think, even just a bit, we all do. Because, even our creator particularly gives his name utter importance. The tetragrammaton refers to the Hebrew theonym (Hebrew: יהוה) transliterated to the Latin letters YHWH- it is God’s name although not all scholars or perhaps hard-headed people would agree. It is derived from the Hebrew verb that means “to be” and from how YHWH acted throughout the Bible, it means “he who chooses to become.” The most widely accepted pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton is Yahweh and Jehovah but for many years many Bible has been published with it replaced with “Lord”, an old tradition following one of the 10 commandments – to not use the name of God in vain. Jesus himself made his Father’s name known (John 17:26) both the literal name and his characteristics through his actions and obedience. I guess, it is important to him too, for Jesus is a name derived from his Father – it means Jehovah saves.