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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Genesis 1:22-24

I am now learning verse 22 of Genesis 1. This is the first blessing in the Bible.

And God blessed them saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Or, I've learnt it. I was saying 'on the land' but otherwise had it right. Verse 23 is just "And the evening and the morning were the fifth day."

So, now on to verse 24.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth, after his kind; and it was so.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Genesis 1:21 - Done

I now have the rest of verse 21 down pat, and, as you know, am doing my best with that whole "And the Egyptians made the Children of Israel to serve with rigour" in Exodus. I've also picked verse 1 of Leviticus back up. Change of scenery, cue the tent and vast uninhabited desert scenery. "And God called unto Moses out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying". I have to remember to keep things simple and easy. I add in words that aren't there. When I feel confident with verse 1 of Leviticus I can move on to verse 2. God gives Moses instructions for how sacrifices should be made. The nitty gritty details of life. You can think of it as religion, in a way it is, but mostly I just think of it like the Health Department. Have you any idea how many rules and policies those people have? God seems a little less picky when you put it in perspective.

I love the Exodus story. It is so moving and inspirational. And even in Leviticus, I think, see, Moses didn't give up on God even when he droned on and on about how to properly cut up a sheep. He paid attention, took notes, briefed everybody. Threw up his hands, certainly. He got pissed. But, he stuck with it.

And those are the bare facts folks. A lot of the inspiration we need in life is not how to mount an insurmountable obstacle. It's how to keep on with the tedium of life and still want to keep at it. Maybe not when you're 25. Nothing is tedious at 25. It's only somewhat tedious at 30. But trust me. You'll get there. Unless you have a hormone disorder or something, it will get tedious.

Open Exodus, Leviticus, and end with Genesis. Nothing like "And God said, Let there be light, and there was light" to make things seem better.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Genesis 1:21 Continued

I have managed to get that first part of verse 21 memorized:

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth which the waters brought forth abundantly

But, though I started memorizing the next bit today, I lost most of it! I left, for one thing, the wings off the birds, and that just will not do. Let's go with the King James Version (decidedly, by the way, the most eloquent one):

after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

I am resolved, also, to move forward with my memorization of the other books of the Bible. I've been hovering myself, over verse 12 for a while now. Exodus 1:12. I've been messing up the first phrase there:

But the more they afflicted them

That's correct. I was just saying "But the more they were afflicted"

It makes a difference. One version makes you think a bit more about who is doing the afflicting. And therefore the consequence of their action, since what follows says how the direct object of the sentence (them, or the people of the children of Israel) responds to the bad behavior of the subject (the Egyptians and afflicting). The other version makes you simply think of a people who is bearing a difficult burden, they are mistreated and abused. It does keep their response, to multiply and grow. In the end what you think about the situation is at least slightly affected, or mine is. It says 'hey Egyptians, wake up, this isn't working! Think outside the box already'.

Instead, of course, the Egyptians just keep it up. "And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour".

It's not like your trainer at the gym or your math teacher or coach. They want them controlled, unable to prosper, to not be any sort of threat or concern or worry for them. It's a national security issue, plain and simple, and basic economics. Keeping order, etc. Still. It's sad to think how many lives opened and closed and no one saw a better way to live with their fears and dangers and enemies. They didn't have a lot of the luxuries we have today to help them be better people. So, it does seem we could do a bit better the world over. Even countries that are so poor have more than people had then.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Like the lady who fed Elijah

my store of never-before-seen-nor-heard names never runs out


Dorka - I think it is probably a nickname for Dorcas or a misspelling or wrongly transcribed (not looking at the original record)

Kimbra - perhaps this is a modern invention based on names like Kimberley and Cambria.

Louirinda - I'm trying to guess at how to pronounce this! "loo ee rin dah" or "loo rin dah" or "lah rin dah" or "lur ine dah". Got any suggestions?

Tempy - It seems like it should be a nickname for Temperance. Kind of cute, huh?

Veneda - Not sure if this is an invented name or bonafide. I want to say it 'vuh nay dah' or maybe it's 'vuh nee duh'. But it might be misspelled. "van uh duh"?


Clabote - ideas on what this might actually be and how it's said? I want to say it's Clampitt, like the hillbilly in the Beverly Hillbillies tv show. But, I haven't researched it yet.





Leis - maybe just missing a w, like an abbreviation for Lewis?

Nelson - Yes, I suppose this isn't SO new as a first name. But it is still fairly unusual I think, to name a kid this.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Assortment of Names from Today

As per usual, these names are courtesy of my genealogy hobby.






Friday, September 18, 2015

No Name Goes Unnoticed

I came across these names roaming through graveyards and thumbing through court records:










Tuesday, September 15, 2015


That's what I'm calling them anyhow. These are names that 'appear' on the bottom of the list of names at the Social Security Administration puts out each year. I don't mean the bottom of the top 1000 names but the bottom of the whole list. They look at applications for social security cards and present the information on all except those names given to fewer than 5 children, in an effort to protect privacy.

So, on THE Bottom, you find names like:


Genesis 1:20

And God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

There's still a few words I leave out or add in, so I haven't quite mastered this verse yet. But it's coming! And those verses I struggled with a week ago are a piece of cake now!

I'll be back when I'm ready to move on to verse 21.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


The steps to the porch of my grandmother's home. My mother's mom. Where Mom mainly grew up. More than a hundred years old on a farm that, longer ago than that was covered with dead soldiers in the Civil War. And before that, probably a farm for a hundred years. And before that? Absolute paradise.

And now, an abandoned, boarded up house with snakes in the cellar and a trailer park before it and a freeway behind it.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Genesis 1 - The first 4 days

I have the first 19 verses of Genesis down pat. Well, somewhat pat. I get nervous over certain words or word order. But mostly, just fine. It's verses 17 & 18 that are tricky. Verse 19 a two year old could learn in 10 minutes.  (And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.)

But owing to not feeling super confident over those two verses, I'm waiting before I start the fifth day, which begins with verse 20. An easy way to remember this is that 5 does not divide into 19 or 18 or 21, but it does go evenly into 20, 4 times in fact, and the fourth day happens right before the fifth day. So, 4 times 5 = 20 and therefore, Genesis 1:20 begins the fifth day of creation. We're about to start having action!! Day 6 sets the scene for the plot to unfold, after Day 7, which, in case you were wondering how to write a good play or novel or song or poem, etc, remember, a pause in the right spot is key.

A passel of soldiers and two lasses.



Livna - Hebrew, meaning "my dew"   (information courtesy of


Bigges - name of an Ohio soldier in the war of 1812 (so, born in the 18th century).

Elnathan -  an Ohio soldier in the war of 1812

Evans - another Ohio 1812 soldier

Hyatt - a soldier from Ohio in 1812

Johnson - an Ohio soldier of the war of 1812

Kimber - a soldier of 1812 in Ohio

Zina - a soldier of the war of 1812 from Ohio


This is the desert behind the town where I grew up.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Names of Interest










Sunday, September 6, 2015

All in the family

I came across these interesting names all in one family as I did genealogy research tonight.










From another family, in this same family branch, I found these names:





Thursday, September 3, 2015

Genesis 1

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night.

And the evening, and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters which are under the heaven be gathered together unto one place. And let the dry land appear. And it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas. And God saw that it was good.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth, and it was so.

And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself, after his kind. And God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Verse 15:

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the Day from the Night, and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.

Verse 16

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. And it was so.

Verse 17:

And God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the Day and the lesser light to rule the Night; he made the stars also.

And that's how far I've gotten. Verse 15 I struggled with and verse 16, but now I've got tem down pat. And 17 wasn't too hard to learn. I'm ready for verse 18 now!

It's really neat the influence this has on my day and my life. For instance, as I showered last night I tried to fit the words of this chapter into a song, using the tune for How Great Thou Art (it seems to have been the inspiration, in a way, after all, for that song).