Alicia: The name Alicia is Latin for nobility, also known as the noble one. When I was younger, I didn’t like my name and I didn’t feel like it suited me, but over the years, I’ve come to love my name. I do think it suits me. I don’t know why, but I feel like it represents me in a way. Now the story behind it is actually quite simply. My parents named me after the famous actress, Alicia Silverstone. My middle name is actually Storm, from X-Men. My dad wanted it to be my name, but my mom didn't want it, so they settled to have it as middle name.
Tori: My name definitely suits me because it means 'bird' in Japanese. It's perfect for a bird nerd like me. And my parents didn't even care about birds when they chose it; it was just by chance.
Isabel Swann: My name is Isabel, well at least that's what it turned out to be. My name was supposed to be Maya but when the doctors asked how to spell Maya, my dad jumped up and said I-S-A-B-E-L. The doctor looked confused but then realized my dad was changing my name to Isabel, God's promise to the world.
Joshua Burke: The name “Joshua” (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) is derived from the Hebrew name “Yehoshua” and means “Yahweh (God) is salvation”. I was named after Joshua from the Bible in the old testament. He was one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. And after the death of Moses, he led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan. He also is famous for destroying Jericho, destroying Ai, asking Yahweh (God) to cause the sun and moon to stand still, so that he could finish a battle during the day, and securing much of the land of Canaan for the Israelites. He was a great leader and warrior. I also found out, that Joshua (Arabic: يوشع) does appear in the Qur’an, but is not mentioned by name. However, his name does appear in other Islamic literature. Joshua and Caleb are referenced, and named as two “God-fearing men”, on whom God “had bestowed His grace”. (Qur'an, sura 5 (Al-Ma’ida), ayah 22-23) .Wikipedia helped me with some info on this on the Qur’an part. Actually my name wasn’t really chosen by my parents, my Great-Grandmother named me. When my Mom was still pregnant with me and didn’t know if I was a boy or girl, she visited my Great-Grandmother’s house. When she walked into the room, my Great-Grandmother said “Here comes Joshua!”. And that’s how my name stuck to me.
Mr. O'Bryan: We named our son Dylan because to me it sounded great with O'Bryan, it has a ring to it, Dylan O'Bryan.
Raquel Martinez: Raquel Elizabeth. My father chose my first name since, not only thought it was strong and powerful, but also because his favorite actress had always been Raquel Welch. On the other hand, my mother wanted my middle name to be Elizabeth since she wanted to keep the tradition of the women in our family bearing the names of queens. I feel like, although I’ve never been happy with my name, I’ve grown to fit it. It's unusual enough that I don’t get confused with other people, but not too strange as to be unfamiliar. I think that, over all, Raquel Elizabeth is strong to fit my character.
Emma Weinheimer: The name “Emma” is actually German. It means “loving, fun” and that sort of thing. I feel like it really does fit my personality because I am an empathetic person. I love being with people and most of my best memories are from when I was having a good time with someone, especially with my family. It's kind of nice because there aren't too many nicknames. Any nicknames I have are given to me by someone close. My family has a few nicknames that they use with me and they're the only ones who really call me by those names. My middle name, “Rose”, is after St. Rose of Lima. Her feast day is August 23, two days after my birthday. She was a woman of great virtue and grace, called “Rose” after her beauty as a baby. My Confirmation name “Kateri” is after St. Kateri Tekakwitha. She was an Algonquin Indian living among pagan Iroquois. When she converted to Catholicism, she was ostracized by the Iroquois community and her tribe difference was highlighted even more. Even today, while she is a saint like so many other holy men and women, she is the only Native American saint I know of. Just as she was different and was able to be strong, I try to be “different” and stand up for myself. So there you have it! Three names that all suit me.
Aurelie Kabore: My name Aurelie means gold/golden. One day my mother told me that she found this name in a book she read when she was in high school. The title of the book was "La pierre d'Aurelie". She told one of her friends that the first daughter she will have, she wanted to name Aurelie. Actually my mother didn't know the meaning before, I told her. I am happy to have this name, I really like it.
Fatima Az-Zahraa Dadou: Early in 1999, my parents went to hajj (pilgrimage) with my eldest brother, their only child at the time who was around 2. One night, they invited an elderly man to have dinner with them during hajj as an act of kindness and charity. Not only that but they also took back an abundant amount of food to the people in the hotel he stayed in. As they accompanied him back to the hotel, they stopped by Masjid al-Haram, the holy mosque in Mecca. We as Muslims believe that prayers/supplications to God made in this blessed place are answered. My mom was a revert to Islam and had just begun learning Arabic at the time so she didn't understand what the old man was saying. Therefore, when the 4 of them stopped at al-Haram and the elderly man raised his hands and began to pray, my mom couldn't understand what he said yet she said "Ameen!". Afterwards, as they headed back to the hotel, my dad asked mom "Did you understand what he said?" Of course my mom said "no". Then my dad explained to her "He was praying to God for us and asked Him to bless us with a daughter named Fatima Az-Zahraa."
Hajj finished and they headed back to the U.S. Within less than a year, my parents were expecting "a baby" although the old man's prayer had completely slipped their mind. They found out it was a girl next. And then they tried to figure out a name for her yet they couldn't find one they thought suited her. Finally, they settled on "Nusayba" which meant ladylike. That was until they realized how the name sounds extremely similar to "musayba" which is Algerian for "problem/disaster". Since my mom at the time could hardly tell the difference between "ladylike" and a "disaster" in Arabic, they naturally changed their mind again. Then they had no clue what to name "this girl". So I was born and still nameless. A day passed, two, three...seven. They thought of many names they loved but each one didn't seem to fit their little princess. Still they couldn't find a name. I was temporarily called "Baby Girl Dadou". Then they thought of the name! "Fatima Az-Zahraa!" They still weren't quite satisfied with the name though because my mother had a hard time correctly pronouncing it. Nonetheless, they went home and then as they were discussing it my dad asked my mom "You forgot didn't you?"
"That you said Ameen."
"Ameen to what?"
"When the old man prayed you would have a daughter named Fatima Az-Zahraa. You know what? It's not going to be anything but that name no matter what."
They had totally forgot about it until then. Thus I was named, Fatima Az-Zahraa Dadou. Fatima Az-Zahraa was the Prophet Mohammed's youngest and most beloved daughter, Fatima meaning "the perfect young lady; captivating; the one who abstains" and Az-Zahraa her popular nickname "Resplendent; or the one with the radiant face".
About 10 years later, we met again with this old man and this time with me, the girl he had prayed for God to bless my family with. He was so happy to see me with my parents this time and of course he told me about his prayer as well!