What’s In a Name?


Do you know the meaning of your name?

My parents named me Deborah and nicknamed me Debbie after Debbie Reynolds, a famous movie star in the ’50s.  Over time, friends and family have shortened my name to Deb.

Growing up, I never thought my name was unique because most of the girls in my class, and I shared the same name. When I was in the 5th grade, I was determined to change my name to Kim.  It sounded nice, it was easy to spell, and I only knew one girl named Kim and she didn’t go to my school.  When I told my mom that’s what I wanted to do, she said, “Okay, but you’ll need $15 to change your name.”  Really!?  She didn’t know how much it cost, but what she did know was that I didn’t have $15!  I had no idea she was fabricating, but since moms know everything, I believed her and dropped it!

Today, I’m glad I didn’t have $15, or however much it cost, to change my name because I know God picked my name. He created my inmost being, knit me together in my mother’s womb, and I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:13-14).  He didn’t name me Deborah because I was destined to become a famous movie star.  God called me Deborah because He knew I was going to be a bee, yes, a bee!  A swarm of bees and one who works like a bee, and I BEElieve the name fits!

In Biblical times, a name represented a person’s character. In the Bible, we find several names of God. Each name describes a different aspect of God’s many-faceted character, attributes, and nature.

How well do you know God?  To know God’s name is to know God and to boast in His name is to have confidence in who He is! “Some boast in chariots, and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, Our God” (Psalms 20:7).

God wants us to run to Him and walk with Him.  Not only when we need healing, peace, or guidance, but all the time! “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). 

Natalie Grant sings, More Than Anything and the chorus goes like this:

Help me want the Healer more than the healing
Help me want the Savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you, Jesus, more than anything

God is and desires to be our Everything; Provider, Healer, Peace, Righteousness, Shepherd, and sooooo much more!

Do you know Him as your:





18 thoughts on “What’s In a Name?

  1. Interesting you wrote about this, My daughter actually text me earlier this week and asked me how I came up with her name. I told her I was laying in my bed in the barracks one night and the name came to me. I love learning about the names of God. Thanks Deb!

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  2. Beautiful song and wonderful list, Deborah! I can’t wait to go through this with my scriptures.

    Growing up I always felt left out because my name didn’t have a story to go with it. Now, I’m learning that as a follower of Christ it is most important to share His name and live up to His teachings as best as I can. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts ❤️😊.

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    1. Absolutely! I love the song, Only Jesus, by Casting Crowns. The chorus goes like this:

      I don’t want to leave a legacy
      I don’t care if they remember me
      Only Jesus
      And I, I’ve only got one life to live
      I’ll let every second point to Him
      Only Jesus

      The Hebrew meaning for your name is gracious and merciful! I would agree, Jenny, beloved Child of God🧡

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  3. Loved this post Ms. Deb! I’m so glad you didn’t have the presumed $15 because the whole trajectory of your walk may have been changed. I believe names are so powerful and have such impact which is why in scripture, we see such precision in how our Father gave things/people/places/situations name. I’m also thankful that His Name is above every other name! Hallelujah!!

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  4. Love this Deb, when I was young I went through a phase of wanting to change my name too but have just grown to love it and later realise that let’s just focus on the name that can change lives and that has so much power in it- the name of Jesus.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Deborah! I always felt like my name was such a common name, and because of that I always wished my name was different. But then I found out that I was named after a missionary women who sang songs to bring people to God, in Chennai my hometown so now, I feel very blessed to have that name. My name also means princess and I am so glad that I am the daughter of the One true King, and feel very blessed to be called this. God Bless you Deborah 🙂

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