I was told I was named by my grandmother, who's name I do not know, and somehow I have very little memories of her. I only know her as a woman of God, who had faith that can move mountains. She passed away when I was about 9 years old. And I've only met her a couple of times. I've heard stories about her. But there is one story that stuck to my head. The day she took her last breath, she yelled "Hallelujah" 3 times.
I don't understand why people have two names - the first name and a second name, others even have three names. But perhaps it is to make a person even more unique or it has just become a trend. I have two names. I was told my first name was taken from the bible. I do not know exactly who I was named after. But I know that my name is a kind of tree. It is a tree that produces nuts. Trees are steady, strong, deeply rooted to the ground. Trees go through seasons and change. I do not know if I live up to this definition. But I definitely like to keep my feet on the ground. I was told my second name was a mistake. My parents misspelled it and thus, I was given a boy's name. I did a little research on what this name means. It means woods or forest. Growing up, I disliked my second name. I've always left it out whenever I had to write or say my full name. I thought it was a bit too boyish. But as I grew older, I noticed how I'm not really a girly girl type of girl. I like things rowdy. I played the drums. I was in the basketball team. I loved skateboarding. I thought wearing baggy pants and huge shirts made me look cool. Thus, my second name suited me quite well.
When I was going through the phase of finding myself, I thought I'd come up with a nickname for myself. I made everyone call me by that name. It made me feel as though I were more special. I spelled it in a funny way too. I used 3 Es instead of just a plain Y. I have outgrown that phase but people know me by that name now. I realized those that know me well use that name to call me.
A name may be given to you but in the end, it is only you who defines that name. So what would you like your name to mean?