“We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
Some of us come into the world and embrace the names our parents bestow on us, whilst others begrudge our parents for giving us names we don’t particularly like. Whether we like our names or not, the fact is that until we are able to choose a pseudonym or change our name completely, we are stuck with it. My mother named me Elizabeth and, as much as I didn’t care for the name as a child, everyone around me, including my parents, told me what a magnificent name I had. I wanted a different name… I just didn’t know which one; anything exotic and unusual would suffice, I used to say.
According to Behind the Name,
“Elizabeth is From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע (‘Elisheva’) meaning “my God is an oath” or perhaps “my God is abundance”. The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.”
It is a lovely name but I always wanted something… more. You know, like Zandra; a name I fell in love with after I fell in love with designer, Zandra Rhodes’, gorgeous silk dresses and outrageous/creative spirit. There was a certain je ne sais quoi ring to that name, and I loved it for quite a while until life, and other far more important demands, distracted me. 😉
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When I finally asked my mother why she chose the name, (my dad gave me other legal names), she informed me that because I was born in England, she had taken the liberty to name me after her favorite queen; Queen Elizabeth I. She had studied about her life in school and admired her gumption and her trust in God. Queen Elizabeth II was equally admired, my mom assured me, “but I named you after Good Queen Bess, the virgin queen…” I couldn’t argue with that…. From time to time, I imagined having other names; just something a little different.
“Some people think that if they change the names of things, the things themselves will have changed, too” David McKay
To write this piece, I went back to read up on my famous namesake, Elizabeth I and I must say, I do still like her. She was a leader who understood the power of the democratic process. A popular quote from the queen was “I mean to direct all my actions by good advice and counsel.” For those who don’t know, Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; her mother was executed when she was 2 1/2 years old. A skilled, albeit indecisive leader, and formidable opponent who “trusted in God, honest advice, and the love of her subjects for the success of her rule,” Elizabeth was also the first Tudor to understand that a monarch could only rule effectively by popular consent. Towards the end of her reign, Britain experienced an economic downturn but, nevertheless, she is remembered for heralding the Elizabethan era; a time of popular literature and drama.
Over the years, I have come to accept and make peace with my name. I have been called Liz, Lizzy, Eliz, E, and Beth, but never Betty or Bess. As a teen, I liked Liz but as an adult I prefer Elizabeth. When I add my name to blogs and such, I use Eliz because it’s different and saves me time on the spelling. If I could change my name, I might just go for E; now that might not be much of a name, eh? What are your thoughts? Where did you get your name? Do you have fond memories of it? Do share. Thank You! 🙂
This post was inspired by a WP Daily Post prompt: What is the story behind your given name?
Positive Motivation Tip: Your name is an important identifier; treasure it and honor it… It might be all you have when the dust settles.
- What is Queen Elizabeth II’s last name (wiki.answers.com)
- Constitutional monarchy in a democratic nation-state (discussdebate.wordpress.com)