Monday, August 12, 2013

What's in a Name?

I remember in 4th grade, I think it was for Medieval week, we had to do some family history research, and also do research on our names. It was a project meant to inspire us to learn about ourselves and our heritage.

At work now, I often see interesting names (John Nathan anyone? Why, I ask you? ) and I recently was inspired to do a little history on my own name, and Jared's too. I wondered what our names would say about who we are.

I've included both the meanings of the names, their origins, and tendencies that people with these names have.

Look how interesting this is:

Alexandra: Protector of Mankind (Swedish, Italian, English, Greek, Hungarian)
People with this name have a deep inner desire to lead, organize, supervise, and to achieve status, power and wealth.
People with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and are able to achieve great material dreams. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships.

Bryne: (Irish surname. Oops again mom and dad...)
People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.
People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

Jared: A ruling, commanding, coming down. Descending. (Hebrew)
People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.
People with this name tend to be quiet, cooperative, considerate, sympathetic to others, adaptable, balanced and sometimes shy. They are trustworthy, respecting the confidences of others, and make excellent diplomats, mediators and partners. They are often very intuitive. They like detail and order, and often find change worrisome. They may sometimes feel insecure or restless.

Robert: Famed, Bright, Shining (German, English, French, Scottish)
People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters.
Strive for harmony and balance in their lives, and respond positively to beautiful things. 

 This was inspired also because this weekend Jared and I went the COURTNEY'S wedding! Her dad, my old bishop, came over and was chatting to us about life. It was great talking to him. He said some pretty nice things about my Dad

Here's a paraphrased conversation
--"Mike was always the guy we were trying to beat, he was young, and so fit. We kept trying to feed him to slow him down. I always wondered what it would be like to be Mike's son-in-law. Jared, how is that?
Then he said to me, "and Alex how do you feel about being settled down now and staying in one place for the next few years?"
When I responded that we are likely to be moving around a bit the next few years with school, and that I was excited about it, he said,"Well, you always were fearless."

Looking at my name, I guess that's true. Hopefully I'm not too intimidating. Sometimes I scare my husband with my enthusiasm....It's all in the name babe.


  1. I love name meanings! These are so accurate for you two. What site did you use?

    1. Camille, I know, it's scary how accurate this right? I wonder what yours would say about you! I got the info from It's a baby names website...haha.

  2. Wow... we did name you and looks like we either got it right or it got you. And Jared Robert-- sounds just like our Jared. Love you both..

  3. This is so interesting! I'm with Camille, as I read the names I thought oh my goodess! It's THEM!