What’s in a Name

Let’s start with some fun, meaningless facts. I got them from the Internet so they must be facts.

Meaning and Name Origin

Thurmond \th(u)-rmo-nd, thur-mond\ as a boys’ name. Thurmond’s name origin is Old English, and the name Thurmond means “Thor’s protection”. Thurmond is a variant of Thormond (Old English): A baby name that is not broadly used.

Michael \m(i)-chael\ as a boys’ name (also used less commonly as girls’ name Michael) is pronounced MYE-kal. It is of Hebrew derivation, and the meaning of Michael is “who is like God?”. Biblical: Michael is the archangel who defeats the dragon. He and Gabriel are angels given personal names in the canonical Bible. In the Middle Ages, Michael was regarded as captain of the heavenly host and patron of soldiers. He was often depicted carrying a flaming sword, and sometimes guarding the gates of Paradise. Many saints, emperors, and kings have borne the name, and there are many variants, male and female.

Loida \loi-da\ as a girls’ name is pronounced LOY-dah. It is of Latin origin. The meaning of Loida is “desirable”. Loida is generally used as a girl’s name. Loida is a form of Lois. See Lois for further details. Loida is a great choice for parents looking for a more unique name. An auspicious name, it is one that will be admired. It is the name of Timothy’s grandmother found in Paul’s second letter to Timothy (in the Spanish Bible.)

Thanks to the folks at Think Baby Names for that insight into our names.