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We’re back for Round Two of names from my Native American background. The other piece of my Native American side is Choctaw. Though the naming traditions and pronunciations of the Cherokee and Choctaw are very similar, I’ll give a brief overview all the same.
As a Choctaw child, you could have many names over the course of your life. The first name you were given was bestowed at birth by your parents and usually was related to an event that happened around the time of your birth or something that was seen during the event. The women birthed outdoors near streams and so the names tended to be related to nature and animals seen during the process. During the rest of your life, many namse could be added, based on anything from a small happening to a great victory in battle. Many names came from specific groups of names (color, animal type, etc), but there were exceptions to this, too. The red or humma group was one of distinction. Taking a red name called on the Choctaw to act with honor and courage, and was probably one of the largest name groups. Holahta was another name group, roughly meaning “leader,” and was reserved for special use.Here is a selection of Choctaw names:
Today, the United States honors Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr‘s birthday as a national holiday. In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, Rev. King ended with words from a spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last”– words that are so powerful and enduring. Freedom is a valuable concept for everyone, and one that you might wish to translate it into your child’s name. Here are some names that deal with freedom (also included are some variants and diminutives):
Brac – “free”
Carlos – “free man”
As the mother of a five year-old girl, Frozen was required viewing over the recent school holidays. Somewhere between the first appearance of talking snowman Olaf and the happy ending, I found myself musing about the popularity of Disney-princess names.
I’ve long thought that any Disney princess name was destined for success – a meteoric rise up the popularity charts, a future written on the backpack of a generation of little girls.
But is that true? To date, there are eleven official members of the Disney princess pantheon, plus one television royal and the Frozen sisters.
Let’s take a look at more than 80 years worth of Disney princesses. Do their names live happily ever after?
Did you know that the Grammy Awards has a category called “Best Children’s Album”? And that not one of the five albums nominated this year has anything to do with wheels on busses or Old MacDonald‘s Farm? These nominees’ work is a testament to the fact that there’s a huge body of award-worthy music out there that parents and kids can enjoy together–without parents fretting about their kids’ desires to “get lucky” or experience “blurred lines.”
By Shannon R.
Many people select a name for their child based mainly on the way the name sounds. If it’s appealing to them, that’s all that’s important. Then there are some who want a name to honor a family member or otherwise have some sort of personal significance. Others want the name to have a nice meaning, (though be careful of your sources, there’s a lot of incorrect etymological information out there!) taking a meaning at face value, looking for one that’s positive, while others might go deeper and choose one that has more significance or conveys an important idea to them.
And then there’s me: I consider all of the above–but I also have synesthesia, and that adds a whole extra dimension when it comes to choosing a name for my child.
Wikipedia defines synesthesia as “a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.” In my case it means that letters or combinations of letters have colors (I don’t literally see the colors, they’re just “ideas” that I “feel”), and entire names can also have textures, temperatures, personalities, scents, or evoke very vivid, random, complex images that seemingly have nothing to do with the name itself.