Here is the list of the boys names I have in my class:
two Jacobs (heal grabber/trickster; Jewish origin)
Ian (God is gracious; Jewish origin)
Nicholas (Victorious People; Greek origin)
Kyle (narrow piece of land; Scottish origin) He wasn’t too pleased with his but he said it also means generous.
Timmy (To honor God; Greek origin)
Jesse (God’s gift; Jewish origin)
Steven (crown; Greek origin)
two Matthews (gift of God; Jewish origin)
Ryan (Little King; Irish origin)
Unfortunately, I forgot to look up Ryan’s name and felt bad that we didn’t know his. I looked it up as soon as I got home on www.parents.com/baby-names/search. I sent his dad a message on Facebook asking him to let Ryan know what his name meant.
At this site you can put in a name and get the meaning and origin or you can even put in a meaning and it gives you names. If you had the opportunity to choose a name for someone, what meaning would you like them to have? This is harder to do. I tried animal lover, kind to animals, competitor, athletic and no names popped up for any of these.
My name, "Karen", means pure and is from Greek origin. I looked up "Gerard" and his means brave spearman and is from English origin. I think that is a more interesting meaning than mine. Being the animal lover that I am, I also checked our pets names: “Manny” means God with us and is a variation on Emmanuel, “Abby” means a father’s joy, which she certainly is (both are Jewish origin) and “Spunky” wasn’t listed but it means spirited and courageous according to the dictionary which indeed she is! I knew what that name meant when I gave it to her because of her personality. If I had been a boy, I would have been named Keith which means wood.
You may want to check into what a name means before giving it to a child in case they get a teacher like me one day that does this.
This was one of the prompts from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop (that I did a little late) but that's okay.