Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What is behind your name?

The teller looked at me suspiciously and said, "Excuse me Sir, this is not your account. It belongs to another." I calmly smiled and responded, "It's mine" -- and handed her an ID. She bashfully looked into my eyes and said sorry. I told her not to worry and that I get that all the time.
I guess you are wondering why I should undergo such embarrassment because I wanted to withdraw cash from my own account? Simple. My name Mary! Don't blink, it is M-A-R-Y.
I have therefore decided to clear the air once and for all, regarding where my name Mary comes from, and the meaning of my other names. No, it wasn't given to me by my parents during my christening.
My parents gave me the names Dominic Kofi Kafui Mawuli Kornu. These all have a reason. You see, my mum's family didn't think it was possible for her to have me safely at her age. When I was delivered and found healthy as well as my mum, I was given the names Kafui and Mawuli which literally translates to 'Praise Him' and 'God exists' respectively in the Ewe language. Dominic, meaning 'Of the Lord' was given to me by my uncle, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Kornu. Kofi as most of you know is the name given to boys born on a Friday in the Ghanaian culture. Kornu -- my family name -- was explained to me by my paternal grandmother, as doing something that is praiseworthy, something that is beneficial to others and that is cherished. It's almost like dong something famous.
So where from the Mary? Well, I took it on my confirmation day as a form of reverence and appreciation to Mary on whose feast day I was born. Crazy.
So there you have it. I know most of us have very interseting facts surrounding the origin of the names we bear. I would love to hear them.

5 comments:

  1. interesting! like you I have adopted a name. kehinde which is nigerian and the name given to the older twin. trudy enyonam afi ewoe doamekpor

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    1. Cool. Enjoy your adopted name. ;-)

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  2. Wonderful! My Mum said so when I asked her about people with feminine Christian names. Huindus do the same as well. You can meet a lady with name Krishna or Bharata. Its common in India.

    Nice post.

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    1. That's insightful. Thanks for your comment. Is your mum Indian BTW?

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  3. A teller asked me today if my account was a joint account. Oh my! The situations my name puts me in. Love it.

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