Monday, June 23, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Look Up the Meaning/History of My Name


#33 LOOK UP THE MEANING/HISTORY OF MY NAME

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

I doubt I ever would have came up with this idea on my own, but I saw it on someone else's list and thought it was a really cool thing to do.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

It was! It was fascinating to learn more about my name, and to read about all of the famous people who share it.

The details...

I basically just did a google search, looking for websites that talk about the origin and mean of names, and then visited a bunch of them. Of course my first name is Michele, but I often had to search the common spelling of Michelle to find more information. My middle name is Elizabeth, so I decided to search that, too.

I've included some of the information I found on some of the websites just for kicks:

According to www.behindthename.com:

Michele

According to the website, the name Michele is not ranked, but Michelle is ranked #168 in popularity in the United States.

Excerpt from website:

Italian form of MICHAEL

Excerpt from the website on the name Michael:

From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha'el) meaning "who is like God?". This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers.

The popularity of the saint led to the name being used by nine Byzantine emperors, including Michael VIII Palaeologus who restored the empire in the 13th century. It has been common in Western Europe since the Middle Ages, and in England since the 12th century. It has been borne (in various spellings) by rulers of Russia (spelled Михаил), Romania (Mihai), Poland (Michał), and Portugal (Miguel). Other bearers of this name include the British chemist/physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), musician Michael Jackson (1958-2009), and basketball player Michael Jordan (1963-).

Excerpt from the website on the name Michelle:

French feminine form of MICHEL. It has been common in the English-speaking world since the middle of the 20th century.

Excerpt from the website on the name Michel:

French form of MICHAEL. Michel de Notredame, also known as Nostradamus, was the 16th-century French astrologer who made predictions about future world events. This is also the German diminutive form of MICHAEL.

Elizabeth

According to the website, the name Elizabeth is ranked #10 in popularity in the United States.

Excerpt from website:

From Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.

Among Christians, this name was originally more common in Eastern Europe. It was borne in the 12th century by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a daughter of King Andrew II who used her wealth to help the poor. In medieval England it was occasionally used in honour of the saint, though the form Isabel (from Occitan and Spanish) was more common. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-) and actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011).


According to www.meaning-of-names.com:

Michele

The gender is male or female, it means 'like the lord' and its origin is France.

Or

The gender is male or female, it means 'Gift from God' and its origin is Hebrew

Or

The gender is male, it means 'God like' and its origin is Italian, and it is a form of Michael

Elizabeth

The gender is female, it means 'my God is bountiful; God of plenty' and its origin is English

Or

The gender is female, it means 'my God is my oath' and its origin is Hebrew

Or

The gender is female, it means 'consecrated to god' and its origin is biblical


According to wikipedia:

Michele

Excerpt from the website:

Michele, pronounced ‘mi-shell’, is an English female given name that comes from the French Michèle. It is a variant spelling of the more common (and identically pronounced) name Michelle.

Michele, pronounced ‘mee-KEH-leh’, is also an Italian male given name, akin to the English male name Michael.

Both names derive from the Latin Michael referring to archangel Michael, and originally derive from the biblical Hebrew name מיכאל (pronounced mi-kha-el) meaning "Who is like God?".

Elizabeth

Excerpt from the website:

Elizabeth is a feminine given name derived from the Greek Elisávet (Greek: Ελισάβετ), which is a form of the Hebrew name Elisheva (אֱלִישֶׁבַע), meaning "My God is an oath" or "My God is abundance." "Elizabeth" appears in the Old Testament as the name of Aaron's wife ("Elisheva"), and in the New Testament as the name of the wife of the priest Zechariah and mother of John the Baptist. It has also been the name of several saints and queens.

The name has many variants in use across the world and has been in consistent use worldwide. Elizabeth was the tenth most popular name given to baby girls in the United States in 2007 and has been among the 25 most popular names given to girls in the United States for the past 100 years. It is the only name remained in the top ten US girl's names list from 1925 to 1972.

It has been among the top 50 names given to girls born in England and Wales as well as in Canada and in Australia in the past 10 years and has been in the top 100 most popular names given to baby girls born in Scotland and Ireland in the past 10 years. Elizaveta (Eлизaвeтa), a Russian form of the name, has been in the top 10 names given to baby girls born in Moscow, Russia in the past 10 years. The name is also popular in Ukraine and in Belarus. One of the most popular variants is Isabel or Isabella. In French there is the variant Isabelle.


Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

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