Jun 9, 2012

Posted by in Awesomeness, Fresh Fruit, Friends, Fruit For Thought, Honey Bee, Instant Smiles, Name, Selah | 4 Comments

Significance Of A Name



“Often a name provides an important clue to the nature of a person or place” – Lester Sumerall


When I Googled “purpose of names,” this is one of the results that came up:

The purpose of a name is the same as the purpose of calling a object by a designated name. Simply put it is a way to identify you, at least in part, distinct from another. Nick names are common forms of this, as they are normally tied to your presence and personality than a birth name (wishes of your parents).

I believe a person’s birth name is supposed to be just as descriptive of their character as their nickname(s). Otherwise, names would just be empty words with no meaning. But, that’s not the case. Your name is what’s spoken over you daily and it’s what you answer to, so it’s good to find out its meaning.

When I was in high school, a close friend gave me a little card with a scripture and my name on it (photographed above – I still have it ‘til this day. Thanks, Marius!). Beneath my name it said “Honey Bee,” and that’s when I discovered what “Melissa” meant. Since then, I’ve researched it further, because I wanted to know what was being said about me every time a person called me by my name. I’ve viewed several name dictionaries, but Wikipedia had the most detail:

The name comes from the Greek word μέλισσα (melissa), “honey bee,”which in turn comes from μέλι (meli), “honey”.In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa, which means “servant of Jesus.” Melissa also refers to the plant known as lemon balm (family Lamiaceae; genus and species Melissa officinalis).

I was aware of “honey bee” and the “lemon balm” (check out the benefits of this balm), but I just found out about my name being a variation of “Maoiliosa,” which means “servant of Jesus.” I was overjoyed when I discovered that! Learning the meaning behind my name made me love it all the more!

Since my name means “honey bee,” I thought it would be cool to visit the “Savannah Bee Company.” Here are some pics:

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Although I loved discovering my name’s meaning, I always find it interesting to learn what my friends’ names mean as well. Here are some of my friends and their name meanings:

Jess and Hen

Jessica is Nigerian-American, and she has two middle names: 1) Mmakamba, which means “royal, wise big lady (‘big’ refers to level in status)”; and 2) Ifeoma, which means “good thing/news.”

Henry is Nigerian-American, and his middle name is Oluseye, which means “God has done this great work.”








Eyituoyo (we call him “Tuoyo”) is Nigerian, and his name means “This is my joy.”













Snohti is Liberian-American, and in Liberian Kru her name means “God’s Time.” Snohti was sweet enough to share with me her sister’s names and their meanings too:

Nynejukorletha – “girls are precious too”

Juterh – “for the sake of the child”

Snohju – “God’s child”











And, last but not least, Assian. He’s Nigerian-American, and his name means “pride/show off”…fitting to say the least (in a good way)!











…A few years ago I met a woman who had a beautiful bee broach pinned on her purse. Subsequently, I complimented her on the pin, and proceeded to tell her that my name means “Honey Bee.” Then, she shares THE most interesting thing. She told me that scientists proved that bees cannot fly because their bodies are too big for their wings, but God said they can fly. So, she collects bee trinkets to remind her that when the devil says she can’t, God says she can! Scientists have since found the answer to the bee’s mysterious flight, but I sill I love that story. I believe it’s a reflection of my personality. Regardless of what the devil says, I’m governed by what God says…I love my name! **G.I.G.**


P.S. – After my “field trip” to the Savannah Bee Company, I picked up some Lemon Balm Tea from a natural food store, and I had me a “Melissa” evening Winking smile

Melissa Evening

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  • Ifeoma

    was an informative post. I like! Names are important, and hopefully parents
    realize that they have a hand in setting their children up for the future. This
    is in jobs, networking circles, and over all meaning in life, all by ones name.

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thanks!! And, I couldn’t agree more! 

  • T. A. Acker

    Wow that is some powerful stuff. Great research! Makes me wonder what my name means…

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thanks!! Yeah, you should definitely research your name ;-)