- Posted May 4, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What does your name say about you?
Let's Name the Baby Boy Mark!
To ask again the question that William Shakespeare first asked, "What's in a name?", let's ponder just what it means to be called, Mark.
Did my parents have some foresight or prediction of the man I would become in deciding to label me, Mark?
What is the history, the etymology behind the name and how does that apply to the reality of the man I am?
Checking several sources online here is what I found about my name.
English cognate of the Latin Marcus, a name of debated origin and meaning. Most believe it has its root in Mars, the name of the Roman mythological god of war, and thus give it the meaning “war-like.” Others, however, think it to be from mas (manly) or from the Greek malakoz (soft, tender). The name was borne in the Bible by one of the four evangelists, the author of the second Gospel.
Mark is a common male given name and is derived from old Latin "Mart-kos", which means "consecrated to the god Mars", and is therefore also taken to mean "God of war" or "to be warlike"
Italian, Spanish: Warring
Latin: Warlike; hammer; defender
Hebrew meaning of the boy´s name Mark: polite, shining
Latin meaning of the boy´s name Mark: warlike
The meaning of the name is 'war-like, dedicated to Mars; gleaming'.
Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.
Well one thing is certain, being the son and grandson of fundamentalist, Evangelical preachers, I know for a fact I wasn't named after or consecrated to the Roman god, Mars.
Do I possess the characteristics ascribed to the god of war?
When my dander is raised, I will admit I can become quite warlike and downright menacing. I am not one quick to back down.
Manly? I would like to think I am.
Polite? Absolutely, that fits me.
And yes, I am guilty. I do have my soft and tender sides as well.
I have been known to hammer my point many times. Sometimes I overdo the hammering as well.
I am quick to come to the defense of others. So I guess being a defender would suit me.
Gleaming? Hmm...I've never had anyone ever say that I was one to gleam...shine...maybe, but gleam, I don't think so.
Being born prior to the boom in the popularity of the name, I guess my parents were ahead of the curve. Should I take that to mean I'm always a step ahead as well?
From the Cornfield, I would say I must agree with Shakespeare in his assessment of a name, that I would be the same person by any other name as well.