What is in a NAME?

17 April, 2015
by Makys Corner


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

  • October 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM by Lynda
    please show me where u saw the meaning of the name Lynda to be snake.dont be ignorant in your so called "research".
  • September 14, 2015 at 07:32 PM by akaoma
    So true... so so true. My parents gave me very beautiful Igbo names and no English name but along the years, I picked up names based on the people that I liked or just because I thought the names were cool. One of the names I 'colonized' was Linda only to learn years later that it meant 'snake'. Who needs that sort of curse. Biko, I quickly relinquished the name and after my Dad gave me and my siblings a lecture on the meaning and relevance of our name, I dropped all the love for the English names I had chosen and fully embraced my name. Today, I bask in the identity that my name gives me. My name means that the good hand of the Lord is upon me and honestly, I can tell you that it is the truth! it is a constant reminder that the Lord is my Shepherd. that He has me tucked in the shadow of His wings. That His thoughts for me are always thought of good and not evil, to give me a hope and a beautiful end. That I am the very apple of His eyes and that His angels are constantly watching over me to keep me from falling or from casting my feet against a stone. It is vitally important to speak faith into a child's life and the first place that decision is manifested is in the choice of the name given to the child. Well done Maky for this piece.
  • May 26, 2015 at 03:50 PM by barbs
    Hi Maky! You really are an inspiration...Have an adorable 2 year old and his name was decided on before his birth.. Oluwatobiloba meaning He is a BIIIIIIG God...The name for my second child is already a recurring factor in my Dps etc Faith!
  • April 17, 2015 at 11:36 AM by Zaida
    Really nice writeup with a lot of wisdom. My son was a child who i had waited on the lord for.his conception, the pregnancy, his birth could only have been God. I prayed and fasted for 3 days for a name from God. in the course of praying I found the name. Prayed about it earnestly and he was named Khaleed - which is gotten from the Arabic word "Khalada" which means Eternal. It praises the Eternity and Sovereignty of Almighty God.God has no beginning and no end.His Promises are forever fulfilled and there is nothing Impossible with God. His maternal grandfather named him Oshiobugie- it is God that Opens the way. So there is a lot in the name of a Child.
  • April 17, 2015 at 10:11 AM by Funkie
    Hi maky, I am an avid reader of your blog and follow you on instagram. Am a newlywed but we have already chosen our babies names even before marriage and we prayed about the names. I did a thorough research on the names to know their meaning and also the Christian names.They all relate to God..we do not have kids yet but we call our kids names like they were there and also pray for have been a great inspiration.Thank you so much. Cheers

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Meet Maky

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...