Sunday, February 19, 2017

God Knows Your Name

Have you ever wondered what does your name mean?  What is the origin?  I have.  So I did a little research into my name.

Movie stars and other celebritities influence parents in naming their children.  I was named after the movie star, Denise Darcel. She was born in France and came to the United States in 1947.  She became a well-known actress and starred with Robert Taylor in "Westward the Women" and also was in the film "Young Man with Ideas" with Glenn Ford.  The year that I was born, she starred with Esther Williams in a swimming musical "Dangerous When Wet".

My name is of French origin and it means "Devotee of Dionysos."  Dionysos is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine.  Maybe that is the reason why I enjoy wine.

There were certain times that my name was popular.  Social Security has recorded that "Denise" was used 372,903 times from 1880 to 2015.  Denise was first given to five babies in the year 1882.  The highest recorded use of the name "Denise" was in 1961 with a total of 15,377 babies.

I found some alternative meanings for "Denise":
D is for desire, your thoughts do aspire.
E is for enjoy, your life can be fun!
N is for neatness, your orderly way.
I is for ignite, the fire in you!
S is for serene, your calm time.
E is for eternal, your spirit will live.

I also know that God knew my name before I was named.

The Bible says that God knows your name.  Isaiah 43:1 - "But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:  'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.'"

Jeremiah 1:5 says "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

May I continue to live up to my name and to be the person that I need to be!

It is all in the name!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, I have an aunt named Denise we call her Aunty Niece