What’s In A Name?

Names are important.

Some are cute.  Some are regal.  Some are inherited, and some are just made up but a name can define a person for a lifetime and parents should carefully consider the names they choose for their child.

I’ve been interested in the meaning of names so I looked mine up.

My first name I already knew is a Hebrew name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Tamra is palm tree. Biblical Tamara was daughter of King David and sister to Absalom. The palm tree is a symbol of victory.

My middle name, Elin, I just found out is a Welsh name. In Welsh the meaning of the name Elin is: light or most beautiful woman.

My maiden name Van Fosson I was told by a Dutch doctor here in town means “from the fountain”.

My married surname Witt is North German: a nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion, from a Middle Low German Witte ‘white’ or South German: from a short form of the old German personal name Wittigo.

What a shot of encouragement and beautiful meaning I have found in my name, that in those times when I am feeling less than or discouraged, I can remember the meaning and be blessed with the knowledge that God made me just as I am:

Victorious in Him.

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is this—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world, if not the one who believes that Yeshua is Ben-Elohim? 1 John 5:4-6

Light with the Holy Spirit.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the kedoshim, 19 and what is His exceedingly great power toward us who keep trusting Him—in keeping with the working of His mighty strength.  Ephesians 1:18-19

Beautiful in grace and redemption.

In Him we have redemption through His blood—the removal of trespasses—in keeping with the richness of His grace that He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight, He made known to us the mystery of His will, in keeping with His good pleasure that He planned in Messiah.  Ephesians 1:7-9

Reborn from the fountain of Life,

The fear of Adonai is a fountain of life,
turning one from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:27

and wearing a Crown of Glory as I am!

Gray hair is a crown of glory,
found on the path of righteousness.  Proverbs 16:31

What wonderful blessings I have in these scriptural reminders.  I am grateful!


Published by Tamra E Witt

I am a Christ Follower, Wife, Mother, Writer, Reader, Framer, Calligrapher, Cook, and Gardener living the dream in Oklahoma after thirty-five years in Colorado! I love my life and am grateful for every experience, including the challenges alongside the joys, that have molded me into the person I am and hope to be for God's glory always.

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