Bitter Light: What’s In a Name

February 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

I was working on this social media content plan for one of the books I’m working on. Dark YA fiction. Music, the Persephone myth, Baudelaire… all tropes and themes, wonderful avenues for me to pursue.

Since Persephone is the daughter of Demeter (and Zeus), I got a little sidetracked. I have a male Russian acquaintance named Dimitri. If Demeter is the Greek Goddess of the Harvest who also presides over sacred law and the cycle of life and death, if I do an online search of Demetri or Dimitri, would the result be the same? SheKnows.com came up first in my google search and I thought, Oh, I like that: Sheknows. Well, SheKnowssays this about Dimitri/Demetri:

In Greek the meaning of the name Demetri is: Gift from Demeter. In Latin the meaning of the name Demetri is: Of Demeter. Demeter is the mythological Greek goddess of corn and harvest. She withdraws for the part of the year her daughter Persephone must spend with the god of the underworld – the reason for winter.

People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details. People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers, or misuse power.

And then (this is how it happens…surfing the web for hours) I looked up another name and SheKnows was uncannily spot on. Eerily precise. So much so that I emailed my friend and he responded: That sounds like me!

Of course my brain was all aswirl: chicken or the egg dilemma. What came first?…Fatalism…Are we indeed powerless to do anything other than what we actually do? Logical fatalism, theological fatalism, causal determinism, Aristotle?!!!

I had to find out what my name meant according to SheKnows. What’s messy (or interesting?) about my name is that I have two first names. They’re not hyphenated. And the second name is actually a not so common spelling. My two names combined mean Bitter Light. And after reading the description of the traits associated with both names, I was floored.

bitter light

Marie: People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

Ellinor: People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony. People with this name tend to be orderly and dedicated to building their lives on a solid foundation of order and service. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. Their practical nature makes them good at managing and saving money, and at building things in the material world. Because of their focus on order and practicality, they may seem overly cautious and conservative at times.

I’m not a staunch believer in horoscopes or numerology, but I do have an immense amount of fun when I come across this sort of stuff. I wrote an earlier post about Blood Types. Horoscopes, numerology, zodiac–they all fall under the same category for me. Fun, fluff, with a dash of… hmmm… maybe?

Curious about your name and its connection with your personality? Check it here: SheKnows.com.

Was it accurate? Si o Niet? I wanna know. Share please!

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