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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Begin the week with 7 new names!



Willa Mae



Anakin - according to Wikipedia the name of Luke Skywalker's father, Anakin, was based on the last name of a friend of George Lucas. But I also came upon the following trying to research this name. In the Old Testament a race of giants are called the Anakim - they are descendants of Anak and their name may come
from a root meaning "strength" or "stature". Personally I find this to be the perfect meaning to be associated with the Anakin in Star Wars, as Darth Vader is known for both his strength and stature. In addition the giant Goliath is supposed to be a descendant of the Anakim. The battle between Luke and Vader seems to me a David and Goliath type battle, in fact the entire rebellion could be seen as David and the Empire as Goliath. The Anakim were supposed to have dwelt in the Holy Land
before the Hebrews came there from Egypt.

Anak (the ancestor of the Anakim) is considered by some to be related to the Sumerian god Enki (who is also known as Ea among the Akkadians and Babylonians), patron god of the city of Eridu and also the god of crafts, mischief, water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence, and creation. He was associated with the southern band of constellations called the stars of Ea, and also the constellation As-Iku or "the field" (known as the Square of Pegasus in modern times) and he was also associated with the planet Mercury. He appears in the earliest texts - cuneiform - and was important at least 3,000 years before Christ. He was known as "Lord of Earth". He was considered the master shaper of the world and god of wisdom and all magic. Enki casts a spell on his grandfather, Abzu, the 'begetter' of the gods and then takes over his roles.

Anak is also associated with Anax. In Greek Anax means "king" or "lord" or "leader", in the sense of a tribal king or military leader. It comes from the stem 'wanakt' and sometimes appears as 'wanaka' or 'wanasa'. As the term is used in the ancient Greek texts, an anax (such as Agammemnon) is a kind of high king, or a king in charge of other lesser kings. Anax is also a term used to refer to Zeus who is the king of the gods and 'overlord of the Universe'. Even in the ancient Homeric writings Anax is not a term used for just any king, but reserved for legendary kings and gods. It is hypothesized that this term originates with the Proto-Indo-European 'wen-ag' meaning 'bringer of spoils'. It appears as part of other terms, Hipponax (king of horses), Anaxagoras (king of the agora), Pleistoanax (king of the multitude), etc. The plural, Anakes meaning "kings" was used to refer to the 'heavenly twins' Castor and Polydeuces whose temple was called the 
Anakeion and their festival the Anakeia.

Not that Georgie had any of this in mind when naming Anakin Skywalker. Still, it is interesting to me that the name could be seen to be related to these ancient figures.

Baldric -from the German roots "bald" meaning "brave" or "bold" and "ric" meaning "rule". This name was brought to England by the Norman invaders and was common in the Middle Ages.



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