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March 05, 2021 4 min read

We always get asked, what Holiday is tomorrow?  Well, On March 5, 2021, Learn What Your Name Means Day, (Courtesy of timeanddate.com) do some research to find out the out the origin, meaning and history of your name - first and last. Maybe you'll find a fun, great tale behind your name!  So essentially with Time & Date, every day is Holiday Season!  You can see the Holiday calendar at timeanddate.com where you can see more information to Today's Holiday, and what Holiday is coming up.  

The holiday is part of Celebrate Your Name Week created by American Jerry Hill in 1997. The purpose of the fun week is to encourage people to celebrate and appreciate the unique meaning of their names. What a fun and great idea! We absolutely love sharing these Holidays from timeanddate.com.

Origin & History of my First Name

Jennifer is a feminine given name, the Cornish form of Guinevere,[1] adopted into the English language during the 20th century. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

"Jennifer" may mean "the fair one" (from Proto-Celtic *Windo-seibrā).[2] A Cornish form, it is cognate with the Welsh form Gwenhwyfar and with the Old Irish Findabair.[3] Despite the name's similarity to the Old English words "jenefer", "genefer" and "jinifer", all of which were variants of Juniper used to describe the juniper tree,[4] there is no evidence that it comes from these.[citation needed]

A common first name for females in English-speaking countries during the 20th century, the name Jennifer has been in use since the 18th century.[1] Before 1906, the name was fairly uncommon, but it gained some recognition after George Bernard Shaw used it for the main female character in The Doctor's Dilemma.[5] However, United Kingdom government statistics (covering England and Wales) only show the name first entering the top 100 most commonly used names for baby girls in 1934 – 28 years after the play was first staged, but it thereafter rose in popularity somewhat, peaking at No. 11 in 1984.[6] Jennifer remained in the top 100 in England and Wales until 2005.[7] It was ranked No. 166 in 2009.[6]

In the United States, the name Jennifer first entered the annual government-derived list of the 1,000 most commonly used names for newborn baby girls in 1938, when it ranked at No. 987. Thereafter, the name steadily gained popularity, entering the top 100 most commonly given girls names in 1956 in the United States and breaking through into the top 10 in 1966. It gained even more popularity in the 1970s (possibly due to its use in the movie Love Story[8])—Jennifer was the single most popular name for newborn U.S. girls every year from 1970 to 1984 (until 1985 in Delaware, Illinois and Massachusetts), inclusive.[9][10] It dropped out of the top 10 in the United States in 1992 and out of the top 100 in 2009.

Wow, so interesting that my first name originated in my homeland, the United Kingdom with a blending from England and Wales. Then, in 1984 was the #11 name in 1984 in England and Wales. Even more surprised the Jennifer was the most popular name in the United States for 14 years! Wow, I will be sure to Celebrate and have with this holiday today for sure!

It is so interesting to learn about the my name's meaning. The funny thing is, when our oldest son asks us some day, of how we came up with his name we will have to tell the truth and say, "Well, we came up with your name Logan as your Father and I were in the Movie Theater watching an X-Men film, and Wolverine's name is Logan! We thought it was a cool, strong name for a boy!" Not as glamorous as the Origin and meaning of Jennifer, yet the truth is the truth!

Our other boy, his name is Dylan, and his name was derived from my Father. Another strong and proud name which I believe has origins from Wales as well. This will be a project for another day to look into the Origin and Meanings of Logan and Dylan.

Types of Names

A name is a word used to identify people, places, and things. A person is identified by their name or full name, and this usually consists of at least two words - the given name, which is also known as the first name, and the surname, which is also known as the family name or last name.

The purpose of the surname or family name is to indicate that the person belongs to a specific family or clan. In many cultures, people are identified by a single name.

Tracing History

Because of different naming conventions around the world, a person's name, while not unique, can tell a lot of the person's heritage and family history. For example, many societies in the world use patronymic names - at least one part of a person's name comes from the father's family.

By following the chain of shared names back, one can find, if records exist, a lot about one's ancestors. Similarly, some cultures follow a matronymic tradition where part of a person's name comes from the mother's side of the family.

How to Celebrate?

Talk to your parents or family members about your name. Ask them why they gave you your name and what it means. With a little bit of research you may be able to find out about the lives of your ancestors.

How about learning your name in Morse code?

"Jennifer" is writen in morse code as:

.--- . -. -. .. ..-. . .-.

What fun holiday to celebrate! We at Lovespoon Candles, encourage you and your loved ones to look up your meaning and origin of your first and last name and also see what it looks like in Morse Code.

Did You Know…

…that the study of the history, origin, and meaning of proper names is called onomatology?

We hope you all have a Fun Filled Friday and Celebrate the Origin and Meaning of your Names....Trust us, you will be glad you did!


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