Tonight I was talking to a friend about names. Specifically, the meanings behind names and whether it impacts a person’s disposition. Not in the manner of like, a girl named ‘Tiffany’ will be dumb. More in regards to a person with the last name of ‘miller’ being more or less inclined to grind wheat.
So I was looking at my name.
I am Jessica Sayre Bagley.
The name ‘Jessica’ was created by Shakespeare for The Merchant of Venice, and means ‘God Beholds’ in Hebrew. It’s quite similar to Jezebel, but not quite, which is a good thing. God Beholds could be interpreted as ‘God Examines’ or ‘God Gives Regard To’.
‘Sayre’ comes from ‘assayer’. An ‘assayer’ is sort of…an evaluator. They assess the quality and value of items, like the folks on Antiques Roadshow. It’s an unusual middle name, I know, but I’m really quite proud of it. It was either gonna be ‘Sayre’ or ‘Athol’, and I’m rather satisfied with my parents’ decision.
My last name, Bagley, literally means ‘badger field’. Bag is an Olde English term for ‘badger’, and a ley is a field. Badger Field. Field of Badgers. Near as I can figure, my distant ancestors…lived in a meadow with lots of badgers in it, and that was their claim to fame.
So. Jessica Sayre Bagley.
God Beholds The Evaluators Of Badger Fields.
At least now I have found a way to identify with the noble and underappreciated badger.
How about all of you? What do your names mean?