A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter N – Names


A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter N – Names




It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter N …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter N




I’m fascinated by names. Names of people, animals, and things, are so interesting. I like to look up the meanings of names, how they evolved, and how they are spelled. There is a list that comes out every so often, that shows the most popular names that have been used to name new babies over the years. Some are always on the list, and some are new.

There are lots of books on what to name the baby, the meanings of each, and where it originated. Have you looked your’s up? Mine, Barbara, is from the Greek, and means foreign or strange…traveler from a foreign land. Does that fit for me? In some ways, yes.

Some people carry on a name throughout generations, adding a junior, or a number after the name. It’s funny, too when you find someone that has the same name as yours. I know in our city there are at least two. I sometimes get a phone call intended for the other one!

I like naming things. Our cats each had a name, but we call them all kinds of different things. It is fun to make up their ‘old west’ name, or their ‘pro-wrestling’ name, etc.

Have you seen the name games that pop up on Facebook or Pinterest? They say to find your Royal name, or your Elf name, and all other kinds of funny ones.

How about nick-names? Do you have one? Why did someone start calling you that name? I never really had one, just a shortened form…Barb. My husband’s family, however, give almost everyone a nick-name. I finally figured out who they were talking about!

Do you use pet names for your significant other? They can be sweet and endearing, or cute and silly.

And of course, there are derogatory names…names that hurt…names that label people. These are abhorrent to me.

But, mostly, names are fun and interesting. I also wonder how some things were named. Why did someone call a tree, a tree, and why did it stay that name? I know some surnames come from a person’s occupation…a tailor would be known as ‘Joe, the tailor’, and later, just Joe Taylor.

So, yes, all facets of names are interesting, as you might have seen in an earlier post about horse names…:)

William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” from Romeo and Juliet ~


11 responses »

    • I love thinking up cool names, and for just about anything. We had names for our cars, too. Characters in our writing are fun to name. Oh, even my blog name took awhile to come up with something I liked! 🙂

    • Thanks, Janet! That is interesting how y’all all have J names. My aunt’s children were all named with J, too, except the last one. haha! Oh, and she and my uncle both had J names. 🙂

  1. Names are interesting. My great nice asked my the other day why Grammie ( her great grandmother) was named after my cat Joanie. 🙂 I guess that would make my cat pretty darn old. XO

  2. My mother and her siblings were Genevieve, John, Catherine, Mary Virginia, Alice, Maureen, and Carol. The names we know them by are Bunny (that was Mom; she was born on Holy Saturday), Jack, Jill, Jinx, Alice, Moe, and Bitsy.

    Our first cat was Kismet, but we called her Kittyface. I think I already told you that…

    • Thanks, John! Isn’t it funny how people are named one name, and everyone calls them a different name. And everyone knows who you’re talking about, too. I like having that happen. 🙂

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