One of the first and long lasting gift or burden as parents, we give to our children is their name. Names are not just meant to sound pleasing to the ear, I believe that names are a gift from God – they carry a spiritual blessing. A name is a child’s identity – it can influence how a child is seen and treated by others. A name can tell a story and holds the power to shape your child’s destiny. As such, names are very important, just as words are. There is so much power in a name. The bible states
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Think about it… over the course of your child’s lifetime, your child will hear his or her name possibly thousands of times, if not more. I honestly believe that whenever someone calls your child’s name they are re-affirming the meaning of their name and making it a reality in your child’s life…they are speaking it into existence.
Choosing your child’s name is a solemn responsibility placed on parents. In spite of this, most people know very little about names and the effects they have on our children. As parents, we have to seek wisdom from God when naming our children. Naming your child is a part of God’s plan for your child and should be done with prayer and joyful seriousness rather than with ignorance. Some parents get creative and decide to make up a name or name a child after a celebrity without realising they might be affecting the future of their child - your child’s name is not an email handle or the new tabloid story.
Believe it or not, in certain traditions children are named according to the gods, idols and false religions their grandparents or parents serve. Once the children become born-again Christians, they actually change their names to Biblical names. I personally know people who have changed their names because of the negative meaning associated to the name. In fairness to some parents, it was something done out of ignorance. Some parents gave their children nice sounding names without doing their baby name due diligence. In one case, a name literally meant darkness! I kid you not, everyone I know that has changed a “negative” name has experienced a dramatic change in their fortunes since changing their name.
Even in the Bible, there are several illustrations of people having their names changed by God. God changed their names as He changed their destiny – it was done to establish a new identity that God wished them to embody. Their new name was a way to let them in on the divine plan and also to assure them that God’s plan for their life would be fulfilled. Some notable examples are Abram – Abraham Sarai – Sarah Jacob – Israel
As a result of our journey to parenthood, Biblical women who prayed and had faith in God while waiting to conceive inspired me. Through God they overcame and gave birth to healthy children, sons, many of which grew up to be powerfully influential men of God. Abraham and Sarah – Isaac Isaac and Rebekah - twins: Esau and Jacob Rachel and Jacob - Joseph Manoah and his wife – Samson Hannah and Elkanah - Samuel Elisabeth and Zachariah – John the Baptist
We decided to name our son after a prophet in the bible, as a reminder for him and everyone else that God is calling him, like his Christian namesake, to holiness and heaven. We prayed about it and decided on a name. For his Yoruba name, we decided to consult with his paternal grandmother and she came up with a name we loved. For his Igbo name, we consulted with his maternal grand-parents and they came up with a name we loved as well. We prayed over his names, his destiny and then we named our son…..
“Oluwademilade Micah Tochuckwu Benson”
Oluwademilade means “God crowned me”. God has crowned our son with glory and honour, giving him dominion over the works of His hands. God has also crowned him with favour; there will always be a crown of God’s favour on his head all the days of his life, Amen.
Micah means, “Who is like God?” His conception, his birth, his life, his destiny is proof that there is no one like God. Nobody comes close. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. There is only one God.
Tochuckwu means “Praise God” I praise God for my son’s life. His life is a testimony of God’s favour. My family will continue to praise God all the days of our lives.
How did you decide on your child’s name? Was it chosen simply because you liked the way it sounded? Was it chosen to link your child to a genuine hero in your life or a Biblical hero? Was it chosen to honour a loved one? Please share….x
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Hi, I am Amaka Benson. I have been married to the love of life for 2 amazing years and counting (wow, has it been that long). I became a mother for the first time in 2014. I am a full time wife, full time mother and a full time energy analyst…I guess I can now add full time blogger mummy...