Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What is in a name?

Hello, sweet friends. Today I am participating in Sares' party "A Rose by Another Name" in which we are to speak of names and their meanings to us. Sares is a very sweet and talented lady who loves home and family. You can visit her at "Loveleigh Treasures" and see all the other participants for today's party by going here:

My first name is Vicki. I think this was a pretty popular baby boomer name as there were always girls in my school with the same name, maybe just spelled differently. I must admit I have often wished my name was "Victoria". It just sounds a little more romantic and glamorous. But, Vicki, I am. The name chosen for me by my sweet parents. However, my middle name is a little more unusual. My middle name is Zane. I thought maybe I was named after the writer of western books, Zane Grey. My dad loved to read westerns. Or I knew there was a wealthy man in our community who was named Zane. Maybe I was named after him. My mother burst my bubble a little when she said she had just seen the name in the newspaper and liked it. I am happy to say that my little granddaughter, Maggie, is carrying on with the name of Zane because this is her middle name as well. My maiden name is Smith. Although this is a very common name, it represents my dad and his dad and all of our Smith ancestors. And so, of course, this is a very important name. Actually all of these names are important because they are mine. The names I have been called since birth. My parents taught me at an early age that a good name, a name that could be trusted, was of utmost importance. So I learned that your name is not as important as the person who is behind that name.

Perhaps the most important name is the name of mother. I am so proud to be called that by my sons. I am also thankful to be blessed with wonderful daughters in law who love my sons and grandchildren and care for them daily. My grandchildren call me "Gee" (pronounced with a hard G). I had thought of all these cute names they could call me, but my first born grandchild, Jake, called me "Gee" and that is who I now am to these precious children. I am also called sister, aunt, friend and teacher. I am thankful for these titles as well.

I am closing with the most important name of all to me: the name of Jesus. As we begin the Christmas season, I am trying to keep Him in the forefront of all the celebrations, because He really is the reason for the season. In my younger years, I occasionally sang a special in church. One of my favorite songs to sing was "Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know". Here are the lyrics:

Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely Name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.

I hope you enjoyed learning my many names. I so enjoyed our visit today. Wishing you and your family the best of holiday seasons!!


Julie Harward said...

You were the cutest little girl and now a beautiful lady. I love your name and I agree with the most important name of all. He is to me personal Savior, it's wonderful even to speak his name! Thank you :D

June said...

Hi Vicki,
I keep going over and over your pictures here on your post tonight. I love pictures of people I know when they were children.
The photos of your grandchildren are so cute.
Everyone of these pictures are so fun for me to view, and reading your words on how you came to be Vicki has been a joy.
I cherish and hold reverent the name of my Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for this lovely post.

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a wonderful post dear Vicki. Zane is an Arabic name that means "good" -- so it fits you perfectly. How unusual that your mom just found it, liked it, and there you are -- Vicki Zane. It is a common name here for boys and girls but spelled differently for both. And "ghee" is the Indian form of shortening that is often used in their cooking. Interesting how names can mean so many different things. Blessings to you, :) Tammy

Sares said...

What a beautiful post. Isn't it a wonderful thing the names we're given and the significance to us. Your middle name is fabulous! I think as children we always want to glamorize things and imagine there is a great tale behind it. It's as adults we really just learn to appreciate it because it's what out parents picked out for us and is the name that helped to create our history. Thank you for sharing your piece of history and beautiful thoughts, and your pictures.. you were one beautiful little girl!

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C said...

Touched my heart that you talked about the name of Jesus, Vicki. :)

I have never heard the name "Zane" before! That is so unique! Vicki Zane! That's a unique name! I like it! :)

Cheers Gee! hehehe! :)


Cynthia K. said...

What a marvelous post! Very interesting. And I so honor you for mentioning our Lord's name.
That name that is above all names. I loved the little song you used to sing. Do you also know this one about his name also? "Jesus, Jesus, oh Jesus, there's just something about that Name..."

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post!! I love your middle name!!
Have a Great Day!!

Mollye said...

A beautiful post. A beautiful family and a beautiful tribute to your parents and most especially to Our Father. Have a wonderful day, Mollye

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

What a beautiful post. I really like your middle name, how cool, Zane!

Have a wonderful day,


Leann said...

Good Morning Vicki

I loved your reading you post about your entire name. But it was when I read your post about Jesus that I got goose bumps. This was a favorite song of my Gram's (she's no longer with us) - thanks for the memory this am!


Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful post Vicki!! I dont think you could have written anything sweeter. I love your middle name!! I love unusual names, I named my boys unusual names. Of course, now they are catching on unfortunately! I love the name mother too :) It is the best along with Jesus. I want to keep him in the focus also for the holidays. So many times everything else takes over and I definitely am guilty of that!

Claudia said...

Your name and the story behind it is wonderful! I'm so glad you shared it with us!

By the way, I thought I was a follower of your blog, but I guess I wasn't - I've fixed that!


I mean Vicki :)
Lovely info on your name . You do have an interesting middle name. I still need to get mine posted today... will be later. Blessings!

MiniMadWoman said...

Vicki, what a beautiful post! You don't hear the name 'Zane' to often. I have a cousin whose name is 'Zane'. I remember as a kid being totally enthralled with him! LOL!

You have some other glorious and wonderful names too . . . thanks for sharing them today.


LemonyRenee' said...

What a lovely story. I think having a name that simply reflects your parents' taste is special all in itself. And "Zane" is an especially appealing name to me.

maría cecilia said...

Good night Vicki Zane, having 6 grands must be a joy for you... your family is so beautiful, you are really blessed. Who is the lady with dark hair, is her you?? And who is the sweet little girl in the first picture?? is her you??
Well dear Gee, this has been a lovely post!!!!
Lots of hugs to you my dear friend.
María Cecilia

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki, I love this post! Your photos are beautiful and I absolutely love your middle name Zane... thank you, you always share the most precious things on your posts... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Maria said...

Hi Vicki! How fun to see your picture as a lil' girl... and how sweet...

You haven't changed... still cute, sweet and so dear.
I love your devotion to your family and to your faith ♥

I also visited your previous post... I LOVE the chair toppers... They are so beautiful Vicki! My chairs backs are very rounded... 'bow-back,' I think they're called.
I'm not sure what kind of decoration I could add to them.
I wish you a happy and sunny weekend, Vicki~
God bless you in all you do

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
Wonderful post. Love the story of your name(s). It is interesting how we tend to collect more names as we go through life. Have a wonderful weekend!

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Vicki!
I'm so glad to meet you via Sares' party!!!
I loved your was sooooo touching. I love how you mentioned "Mother", I always tend to take that name for granted! Thank you for reminding me. Also...I am so with you as my most important name in my life is that of our Sweet Jesus!!! Amen!!! ;)
I've enjoyed my visit here and I think I'll continue on, reading more about you as your blog is beautiful Vicki!!!
everything vintage

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful post! I think your name is lovely, and in fact it really IS the person behind the name that really matters. And I too believe that Jesus is the sweetest name.


Karens Hopes said...

Thankyou for sharing those lovely words, your family are beautiful.

Frippery said...

Beautifully said. Loved reading about your family names. The names you hold dear I do as well. Pam

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Vicki, What a wonderful post, and you are a blessed and fortunate woman to have such a lovely family! I loved hearing about your names and I so agree, the Name above all names, Jesus Christ. Thank you for coming by, I just joined as a follower. Your "chair cozies" are just gorgeous, what a great idea!

Ana said...

Hi Vicki,
You know what your names means to me? It means special, sweet and dear friend. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post. You have a beautiful family. Wishing you all the best always. Tons of love to you.

Hugs and Kisses,

Gracie said...

Hello Vicki
You are so right, it's the person behind the name that is the most important.
I love your name though, pretty indeed!Zane is one of those cool kinda names. How blessed we are to be mother grandmother sister aunt, and friend.
Lovely post.
Blessings Gracie
PS: sorry Im late,a working gal.