What is in a name? Are we defined by their meanings?
My name is Kelly, it is of Irish origin and can mean strife, war or bright headed. I was actually supposed to be named Lindsay Marie, don't ask, I don't know what my mom was thinking (no offense to all the Lindsay Maries out there, I like the name Lindsay but it doesn't suit me at all). Right after I was born, when they asked what I was to be named my mother said "Kelly Suzanne". I believe it was fate (or kismet if you would like another K word thrown in) that my mother changed her mind. Kelly definitely suits me better than Lindsay ever would have.
I know that strife and war are not particularly positive words and they definitely are not ones that one would want to describe their child with, but I like to look at the meanings in a different light. Strife usually means discord or angry/violent struggle, but its archaic definition is striving and I am striving constantly. I am striving to be the best me I can be. War can mean so many things, but it basically boils down to conflict. Conflict is what drives us, for good or for ill.
I have made my name my own, it is a part of me and I guess it was meant to be.
How do you feel about your own name?