I requested you to share the stories behind your usernames. I am so glad so many of you interacted and shared. These stories are very interesting and help us better remember and understand names, our cultures and personalities. I have compiled all of the stories you shared via comments and edited a bit those which exceeded 50 words. I hope you will see your story here and let me know if I missed something. I will be glad to edit it for you, or add something if you want. I am really amazed to see how much creativity and history goes behind these names!
Alex Harris : Fit Fish
The Defender of Men!
Alex is short for Alexander. Alexander stands for “Defender of Men.”
Calensariel: Impromptu Promptings
For The Love of Tolkien!
My RL name is Cheryl, variation of the English name Beryl (a green stone, part of the emerald family, my birthstone). My username, Calensariel, means green (calen) stone (sar) maiden (iel), a combination of Quenya and Syndarin, two of Tolkien’s languages created for Lord of the Rings which I LOVE!
Shambhavi Sharma: The Amused Mind
The Darling of Shiva!
Shambhavi. My maternal grandfather is a firm believer of Goddess Durga. It is one of her 108 names. It means Shiv’s beloved,counterpart. Shiv is also called Shambu. “Shambu priya” or Shiv ke jo Priy hai is Shambhavi.
So I like to think myself as the loved one. 🙂
Smomingham: Living On Gingham Lane
It’s The Mom Living On Gingham Lane!
Smomingingham relates to me a single mom. Short smom. My blog is called living on gingham lane. Shortened to ingingham. Hence “smomingingham”. You may call me Vicki.
Jake@ThePeasantBlog: The Peasant Blog
A Sign From Somewhere and A Funny Character!
Jake – I was going to be called Ben before I was born but when my parents saw my face Jake came to them- a sign from somewhere!
The Peasant – I used to play Warcraft 3 and Age of Empires games as a child, and always liked the funny quotes the character used to speak.
Reshma Bhatt: The Subtler You!
Because We All Have Unnoticed Selves Inside Us!
The Subtler you-Because we all have that unnoticed part of us which we are unaware and which comprises of all those qualities we would always want in us. Only requirement-Enlightenment and believing ourselves.
That does not sound like a personal story 😛
What Might Have Happened?
The only thing I know is that my mother told me her daddy (Clyde) chose my name – Oneta. That’s less than 50 words; however, I have used the idea to write a post called “A Might Have Happened…” story. I’ll post tomorrow. Stay tuned for more about me and how it might have happened!
For Reasons Unknown!
Gayatri- my grandfather gave my name reason unknown.
And lizzie was initially lizi(my nickname) but i modified it a bit 🙂
Freespirit : WANNATALKAVENSCENT
Leader Not A Follower!
Freespirit i now call myself because i am a leader not a follower. 0ften people follow what i do, what i wear, when in shops people come to me and give some thing new a go because i did.
I am often the first to try something new i have a talent for starting things. 0ften i have thought of something before it becomes a hit.
Chiruhr: Solipsistic Soul
Astrology And A Mega Star!
Because according to astrology, my name had to start with Cha Akshara and my mom loved megastar Chiranjeevi in 90’s. 🙂
Ljlhannah: Voices In My Head
A Little Beauty And A Fiance!
My user name is my three initials with my fiance’s last name. My name is Lynette Jo-Letta Logan. My mother gave me my father’s initials. Lynette means little beauty. When I met my best friend 20yrs ago she called me Missy and it stuck
Tessa: Advocate For Mental Illness
Grandmother’s Name Nicked!
My real name is on my blog: Teresa Smeigh. I use Tessa as a nickname on here and Terri at home with family and offline friends. I like Tessa and would change my name if I could. Teresa is my paternal grandmother’s name. I named my blog Tessa Can Do It because I am trying to convince myself that I can do it.
Josh|The Jaguar: The Jaguar
Josh Who Writes About The Jaguar!
‘The Jaguar’ part of my username was chosen because that’s what my blog is primarily about, and because I wanted a name that would make me stand out. But I also wanted to let people know who I was, so I threw my real name in there too.
Let My Soul Speak!
NJ: Neerja Joshi” 🙂 Neerja means Goddess Lakshmi . The Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.
My dad named me after Neerja Bhanot who was a flight attendant murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked 5 September 1986.
Ame means Soul in french. And about why being an Indian I chose a french word 😉 My first job was in a french company, so I named it ..Ametalk 🙂 Let my Soul speak 🙂
Spiritdancing: Quality Of Life 4U
A Dancing Spirit!
…I was never fond of my given name…there wasn’t ever a nickname that someone called me…with that said somehow I knew I was a special spirit and I loved, loved dancing and I am unable to dance conventionally…however…my spirit can…hence Spiritdancing…I had polio and my left leg was most affected…so a nickname reflecting dancing…fun, fun!
Love and Respect For Two Mothers!
When first born I was named Maria Bernadette from my Irish mother, she left me at hospital and I was consequently adopted. My adoptive mother changed my name to Lisa but kept Maria as my second name, in respect and thanks to my birth mother x
Jenmotivates12: Motivation For Today’s Reality!
Motto With A Nick Name!
I have a basic name Jennifer, Jen for short and my middle name Lea is after my biological dad Lee.
Sincerely, Hil: Sincerely, Hil
Friends With Earnestness!
Sincerely, Hil – I wanted something that could grow with me.
The word sincerely worked for the goal of being sincere in my writing and Hil – well, friends call me that 🙂
Mschrysalis: Wild Currents
A Gender Bender Caterpillar!
Chrysalis is a caterpillar on its way to becoming a butterfly. I added the Ms. when I found a website where chrysalis was already being used.
I never intended to blog anonymously; but I do feel more of a connection to my chosen name than to my given name, Patrice Guillaume. My last name is French for William and I was 28 years old before it was pointed out to me that Patrice is also male and French.
Dr. Meg Sorick: Meg Sorick-Write’s Better Than She Dresses
A Precious Pearl, A Princess And A Lithuanian Chiropractor!
Meg is short for Margaret which means “pearl , precious and rare” and I was named for my mother, who was in turn named for Princess Margaret of England, Queen Elizabeth’s sister! My last name: Sorick is my married name and is Lithuanian in origin. The meaning of the name has been lost in time but is similar to the Russian word for the number 40.
Rashmi: Mind and Life Matters
A Russian Ray of Sun!
Rashmi means a ray of Sun. Sashay(username) – because Sasha is my pet name, don’t know how it came to being. Sasha was not available in WP so it became sashay and my username was created! it was my Dad who named my pet name.
Stephieann8: When I Thought I Was Fat!
An Actress With A Crown!
Stephanie– Greek for crown. My mother I believed named me after a favorite actress/or character from a TV show she used to watch.
Nissetje: Barking Back
A Cute Gnome and A Little Dutch!
Username Nissetje. “Nisse” is the nickname my Danish grandparents gave me (it means gnome, those cute little ones with the red hats). And then when I lived in Holland and learned to speak Dutch, I got into the habit of adding “tje” to pretty much every name and noun. Thus: Nissetje.
Danielle: The Thought Card
God Is My Judge!
Danielle – named after my great grandfather Daniel. I heard he was such a good man, I hope I am making him proud. Awesome – thank you. Found out that Danielle means “God is my judge”
Lulu: Following Seas
O Adam and Eve!
Luanne – My father’s name was Louis (Lou) and mother’s name is Barbara Ann. They combined the two (Not sure why they dropped the “o” from Lou.) My nickname became Lulu.
Linda Jenkins: Lindaelena
Beautiful Greek Goddess!
I used my first & middle name: Linda Elena. My parents chose Linda because it means beautiful. Elena is Italian for Helen which was my mother’s name.
Sun Must Arrive Before A Rainbow!
Rainbowdreamer because in sad days or difficult moment because of my life with à pervers narcissique, it’s like rainy days. After rain sun must arrive and before à rainbow… So I was hoping for rainbow, that is my name’s story.
The Vibrant Word of God!
Anand: (Sanskrit/Hindi): Means bliss. I didn’t cry when I was born. Family felt blissful. Maternal grandmother suggested.
thinkerv0: taken from gmail registration. Teen wanted to become a thinker, was listening to the vibrant word of God.