Category: baby name Walker
Theyâre all Americans. OK, thatâs a start.
They all have great names. Thatâs also true.
They had inspirational lives? Also correct.
But what links this Depression-era photographer (Evans), former slave (Truth), and Southern writer (O’Connor) with people named Journey, Amble, or Voyage? Names like Strider, Skip, March, Hiker, Pacer, Saunter, Trek, Ramble, Lane, Pike, Track, Racer, Skipper, Dash, Lane, Streeter, Strada (Italian for âstreetâ) also fit the bill.
Still stumped? Saunter, in French, is Flanerie. Mais oui, câest vrai.Â (Translation: but yes, itâs true!)
And Saunter, we learn from Thoreau in his 1850s essay, Walking, has its etymological origins in the Middle Ages, “from idle people who roved about the countryâŚand asked charity, under pretence of going Ă la Sainte Terre“âto the holy land, till the children exclaimed, “There goes a Sainte-Terrer”, a sauntererâa holy-lander….
Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre, without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere.â At home anywhere.
If I could choose a single identity for myself, it would be that. A saunterer, at home anywhere.Â And everywhere. In fact, that urge to walk the world and see it up close and from the ground is what got me started on My Big Walk, a year-long daily walking project that Iâm chronicling on my new blog.