In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

7 Boy Names for Yesterday and Today

Rhodri -Welsh, from "rhod" meaning "wheel" and "rhi" meaning "king".
the crescent moon represents Aku in this ancient work

Shadrach -Akkadian, meaning "command of Aku". Aku is the moon god.



Zuriel - Hebrew, meaning "my rock is God".

Afif - Arabic, meaning "chaste".

I should find a picture more relevant to an Arabic name, but when trying to think of a masculine image of chastity, Saint Michael came first to mind.
Barakiah- Hebrew, composed of 'barak' and 'Yah' meaning "Yah blesses". This is sometimes written Berechiah and pronounced 'beh rek YAH' or may also be Berekyahu and pronounced "beh rek YAH hoo". Yeberekyahu is related and  has the same meaning, though it is pronounced a little differently (yeb eh rek yah hoo). It can also be written as Jeberechiah. Upon looking at the name, without researching it at all, I thought it would be pronounced 'bah ruh ky uh', but I was wrong. Many figures in the Bible possess this name, one of whom was part of the building of the Temple of Solomon, he was one of Saul's sons (as was Solomon). 

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