what is in a name?

…”a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” wrote william shakespeare from romeo and juliette, 1600.

names have always fascinated me ever since i could remember. as we learn new languages we are also becoming familiar with new names. names with meanings such as “from a noble house”, “beloved”, “much-desired”, “life”, “melodious” and “prayer” are poetic. i discovered that my name, when translated from hebrew to hindi is मधु मक्खी which means “honey bee”. when i use my hindi name with new acquaintances, there is often a smile (followed by a questioning look possibly meaning ‘who would name their child like this’?) i happen to love honey bees!

what does your name mean?

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