Monday, August 21, 2006

UKS Monday Blog Prompt ~ My Name

Look up the meaning of your name: Does it fit? Did you want to change it when you were growing up? Do you like it now? If not, what name would you like to have? What is your nickname? How do you feel about it?

I got the following definition of my name (KATIE), from this website, i had always thought my name meant 'Pure' so i'll stick with that! although the Greek definition 'Each of the two' probably fits well with my Gemini personality and my husband would probably agree with the 'torture' version!!

Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: KATH-u-rin, KATH-rin [key]
From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (Hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". The Romans associated it with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure" and changed their spelling from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this. The name belonged to a 4th-century saint and martyr from Alexandria who was tortured on the famous Catherine wheel. Another saint by this name was Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century mystic. This name was also borne by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great, and by three of Henry VIII's wives.

I hated my name growing up, it was quite common ~ by the time i got to grammar school, there were 3 others in my class! I used to call myself Kay to set myself apart a bit, and my nickname was KitKat, which i actually quite liked!
I'm quite happy with it now, and i certainly understand how hard it is to choose a name for somebody else now i have had to do it twice! We spent months deciding on a name for Ewan, although with Evie we found the name quite quickly we never truly settled on it till she was born. I hope they both grow up to love their names, we chose names specifically that weren't 'wierd' so they'd have to spell it out all the time or too common so they'd be 1 of many in a class.


Suzie said...

I love the name Katie! I agree though - it is tough choosing a name for someone else! We found boys names sooo much harder than girls names!

Jackie Hunter said...

Hi Katie,
I hated my name too!! but now I quite like it!! We found it hard choosing nanes for our DD & DS, & bless them they have both ended up with other children in the same class called Laura & Lewis!
Have fun
Jackie x