What’s the Importance of a Name?


My kids have weird names. At least they’re weird to most people. But names are important. I thought I’d start telling you a little more about the names in my family in the hope that you’ll find a way to treasure yours by realizing the significance of a good one.

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

9 months ago my little baby daughter came into our life. We named her Astrid Adalia Powers.

To name her, my wife and I chose a list of potential names and put them out there in a contest to allow other people to help choose her name. It was also a bit of fundraising contest, as we used the money for the votes to start her college fund. The names we chose for the list each had a meaning to them.

Let’s examine her first name Astrid…

Astrid-How to Train Your Dragon

The name Astrid was chosen because of its meaning and Viking origins.

Astrid, Æstriðr, Ástríðr, Aestrith or variants is a given name of northern European origin.

The name means Divine Strength.

Some famous Astrid’s…

Astrid Eiriksdottir was the mother of Olaf I of Norway, who ruled there from 995 to 1000.

Astrid Lindgren is an author and the creator of Pippi Longstocking.

Astrid Loken was a famous entomologist and prominent leader of the Norwegian resistance movement during World War II.

Astrid Peth was the Companion in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned.

The name Astrid has also made appearances in the TV series Fringe, the movie How to Train Your Dragon, and the video game The Elder Scrolls.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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